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Russia beaten by late Iran strike

Published: Wednesday 9 February 2011, 19.00CET
Iran 1-0 Russia
Dick Advocaat's side suffered defeat in their opening friendly of 2011, Mohammad Khalatbari striking a late blow before being sent off.
Russia beaten by late Iran strike
Russia's Sergei Ignashevich (right) competes with Arash Afshin of Iran ©AFP

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Published: Wednesday 9 February 2011, 19.00CET

Russia beaten by late Iran strike

Iran 1-0 Russia
Dick Advocaat's side suffered defeat in their opening friendly of 2011, Mohammad Khalatbari striking a late blow before being sent off.

Iran 1-0 Russia
Mohammad Khalatbari's late strike in Abu Dhabi condemned Russia to a narrow friendly defeat in their opening game of 2011.

The eventual outcome may suggest otherwise but Dick Advocaat's side had taken the initiative from the start. Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Igor Denisov set a high tempo in attack and both went close to giving Russia the early advantage. Another FC Zenit St Petersburg player, Konstantin Zyryanov, was also denied, with Vladimir Bystrov failing to convert the rebound.

On a rare foray forward 34 minutes in, Iran mustered their most presentable attempt of the half, Ehsan Hajsafi firing wide from a promising free-kick. Having watched his side dominate without mustering a final touch, Advocaat introduced Aleksandr Anyukov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Pavel Mamaev and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for the second half.

The European side may have been adopting the more attacking approach, but Iran – through Arash Afshin and Hadi Norouzi – started to find their feet in the final third. Their resilience paid dividends in the 90th minute when Khalatbari finished with a powerful shot after an enterprising run. He was dismissed in the ensuing celebrations.

Russia are top of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B after picking up nine points from their opening four fixtures ahead of the resumption of their campaign in Armenia on 26 March.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.34CET

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Lineups

Iran

Iran

Russia

Russia

RahmatiOsogouei Rahmati (GK)
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
Heydari                       Khosro Heydari
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
Substitution46
Hajsafi                       Ehsan Hajsafi
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
Substitution46
Hosseini                      Jalal Hosseini
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Aghili                        Hadi Aghily
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
TeymourianAndranik Teymourian
DenisovIgor Denisov
Hadadifar                     Ghasem Hadadifar
Substitution90+1
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Nouri                         Mohammad Nouri
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution46
Khalabtari                    Mohammad Reza Khalabtari
Yellow Card84
Goal90
Red Card90+1
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
Substitution46
Mohamad Gholami                                   Mohamad Khalil Gholami Mahaleh
Substitution52
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution68
Afshin                        Arash Afshin
Substitution64
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin (C)

Substitutes

MobaliEram Mobali
Substitution90+1
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
Substitution46
Norouzi                       Reza Norouzi
Substitution52
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Substitution46
Rezaei                        Gholamreza Rezaei
Substitution64
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Substitution46
Yellow Card66
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Substitution46
SemshovIgor Semshov
Substitution68

Coach

Carlos Queiróz (POR) Dick Advocaat (NED)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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