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Russia survive scare to take points

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.10CET
Russia 3-0 F.Y.R. Macedonia Andrei Arshavin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov eased Russia to victory after the visitors had had a second-half penalty saved.
Russia survive scare to take points
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Match statistics

RussiaFYROM

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners6
 
3
Fouls committed8
 
9
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.10CET

Russia survive scare to take points

Russia 3-0 F.Y.R. Macedonia Andrei Arshavin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov eased Russia to victory after the visitors had had a second-half penalty saved.

Late strikes from Andrei Arshavin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov eased ten-man Russia to a convincing victory over F.Y.R. Macedonia in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying.

Late flurry
The Russians took an early lead through Vasili Berezutski and dominated proceedings before having goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov sent off for a foul in the area which led to Igor Mitreski missing a penalty. Two goals in the last ten minutes, however, secured a home win that keeps Russia in contention around the top of Group E.

Early breakthrough
The hosts went ahead after eight minutes when Goce Sedloski brought down Arshavin and the striker fired over a free-kick from the left for Berezutsky to slot home from 12 metres. The visitors were struggling to get a foothold in the game, being limited to a speculative effort from Goran Popov. Russia, by contrast, had a series of long-range attempts, with Vladimir Bystrov and Konstantin Zyrianov going close.

Off the woodwork
Eventually, the Macedonians settled. Popov tried to beat Gabulov from distance before Vlade Lazarevski forced a save from the keeper with a fine strike. Nonetheless, the chief threat still came from Guus Hiddink's team and Dmitri Sychev made Petar Milosevski work before hitting the frame of the keeper's goal.

Paying the penalty
Yet the complexion of the match could have changed dramatically after 70 minutes. Gabulov brought down F.Y.R. Macedonia substitute Goran Maznov, earning a red card. However, substitute keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev dived to his right to keep out Mitreski's spot-kick. The miss was made worse for Srečko Katanec's side when Arshavin scored from just inside the area on 84 minutes. The same player turned supplier for Kerzhakov soon after with a cross from the right.

Last updated: 09/09/07 0.27CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

FYROM

FYROM

30
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
Red Card70
1
MilosevskiPetar Milosevski (GK)
2
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Goal6
3
PopovGoran Popov
5
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
14
LazarevskiVlade Lazarevski
27
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
4
SedloskiGoce Sedloski (C)
23
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution89
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
Penalty72
Yellow Card82
20
SemshovIgor Semshov
6
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski
Substitution46
17
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
8
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
15
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
10
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin (C)
Goal83
15
VasoskiAleksandar Vasoski
Substitution88
19
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Substitution66
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Yellow Card46
26
SychevDmitri Sychev
Substitution70
20
StojkovAco Stojkov
Substitution46

Substitutes

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
Substitution70
12
GeorgievskiJordan Georgievski (GK)
25
KolodinDenis Kolodin
2
NoveskiNikolce Noveski
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Substitution89
7
GrozdanoskiVlatko Grozdanoski
7
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
13
PolozaniArtim Polozani
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
17
TrajanovVanco Trajanov
Substitution46
13
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
18
ToleskiGoce Toleski
Substitution88
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution66
Goal86
9
MaznovGoran Maznov
Substitution46

Coach

Guus Hiddink (NED) Srečko Katanec (SVN)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Erik Ræstad (NOR), Geir Åge Holen (NOR)

Fourth official

Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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