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Russia find no way past Lithuania

Published: Tuesday 29 May 2012, 22.20CET
Lithuania 0-0 Russia
Given a stern test throughout, Dick Advocaat's Russia were forced to settle for a draw in their latest friendly preparation for UEFA EURO 2012.
by Martyn Hindley
from Colovray Stadium
Russia find no way past Lithuania
Andrey Arshavin in action against Lithuania ©AFP

International Matches

Published: Tuesday 29 May 2012, 22.20CET

Russia find no way past Lithuania

Lithuania 0-0 Russia
Given a stern test throughout, Dick Advocaat's Russia were forced to settle for a draw in their latest friendly preparation for UEFA EURO 2012.

Russia were given a stern test ahead of UEFA EURO 2012 as they were made to work hard for a 0-0 draw against Lithuania in Switzerland.

Dick Advocaat's side, who begin next month's final tournament against the Czech Republic on 8 June, dominated possession for large spells at Nyon's Colovray Stadium but found resistance from well-drilled opponents who impressed throughout.

The opening exchanges were more fraught than either coach would have bargained for with both sides striking the bar inside two minutes. First, Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Šetkus tipped a ricochet off his own defender, Tomas Mikuckis, onto the frame of the goal, before Linas Pilibaitis struck the woodwork at the other end.

Lithuania grew in confidence after that and forced the most presentable chances of the first half, giving Igor Akinfeev ample opportunity to show his form on his first international appearance in more than nine months because of injury. The PFC CSKA Moskva goalkeeper raced off his line to smother a shot from Darvydas Šernas early on and was also thankful that neither a header from Andrius Velička nor a left-footed effort from Deividas Česnauskis found their range.

Advocaat made four changes at the break, introducing Alan Dzagoev, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Kokorin, but it did little to change the flow of the match; lengthy periods of Russian possession interspersed with good chances for Csaba László's team.

Ramūnas Radavičius was involved in the best of the chances, outstripping Aleksei Berezutski on the hour only to shoot over. Then, his forceful free-kick was spilled by Akinfeev but the loose pickings drifted away from Šernas. Pavlyuchenko found space for a half-chance before the end but connected poorly and scuffed wide.

Next up for Russia is another friendly with Italy on Friday before the main event in little more than a week's time.

 
Last updated: 29/05/12 23.48CET

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Lineups

Lithuania

Lithuania

Russia

Russia

1
ŠetkusErnestas Šetkus (GK)
1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
2
KlimavičiusArūnas Klimavičius
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
3
AndriuškevičiusVytautas Andriuškevičius
Substitution85
3
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
4
BorovskijValdemar Borovskij
4
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
5
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliunas
Substitution72
5
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov
Substitution46
6
MikuckisTomas Mikuckis
Yellow Card69
6
DenisovIgor Denisov
7
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
Substitution56
7
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution72
9
VičiusGediminas Vičius
Substitution49
8
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution46
8
PilibaitisLinas Pilibaitis
Substitution64
9
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
10
ŠernasDarvydas Šernas
Substitution81
10
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Substitution46
11
VeličkaAndrius Velička
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
RadavičiusRamūnas Radavičius
Substitution49
12
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Substitution46
13
PapšysMarius Papšys
Substitution56
13
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Substitution46
14
PankaMindaugas Panka
Substitution64
14
KokorinAleksandr Kokorin
Substitution46
15
Tad. EliošiusTadas Eliošius
Substitution72
17
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Substitution46
16
MatulevičiusDeivydas Matulevičius
Substitution81
15
SemshovIgor Semshov
Substitution72
17
VaitkūnasEgidijus Vaitkūnas
Substitution85

Coach

Csaba László (HUN) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA), ()

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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