It seems the World Cup and Fabio Capello just don't mix.
One of Europe's greatest club coaches of his or any other generation, Capello moved into managing international teams in 2008 but is finding success — and luck — much harder to come by.
England's woeful World Cup campaign in South Africa in 2010 is arguably the biggest blot on his coaching resume and there is a worrying sense of deja vu about his start to the tournament with Russia four years on.
Goalkeeping errors have ruined two chances of victory — England's Robert Green fumbled a shot from United States forward Clint Dempsey into his own net in 2010 and Russia's Igor Akinfeev's blunder against South Korea on Tuesday was almost a carbon copy. Both matches finished 1-1.