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Semshov strike sees Russia down FYROM

Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 20.26CET
Russia 1-0 FYROM
Dick Advocaat's team consolidated their place at the top of Group B thanks to Igor Semshov's goal four minutes from half-time.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Luzhniki Stadion
Semshov strike sees Russia down FYROM
Igor Semshov celebrates after scoring the only goal ©Alexander Safonov

Match statistics

RussiaFYROM

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
18
Attempts on target5
 
8
Attempts off target5
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners1
 
2
Offsides1
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed17
 
9
Fouls suffered8
 
17

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 20.26CET

Semshov strike sees Russia down FYROM

Russia 1-0 FYROM
Dick Advocaat's team consolidated their place at the top of Group B thanks to Igor Semshov's goal four minutes from half-time.

Russia took a big stride forward in their bid to qualify for UEFA EURO 2012 with a narrow victory against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The home side dominated for long periods, especially in the second half, with Andrey Arshavin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov working tirelessly up front. However, they had to rely on Igor Semshov's strike on 41 minutes to defeat a FYROM team under the tutelage of John Toshack for the first time.

Despite having had only three training sessions under Toshack, FYROM made a bright start as Russia failed to pose their opponents any early problems. Dick Advocaat had identified Goran Pandev as the visitors' danger man so it came as no surprise when he almost opened the scoring five minutes before half-time. The on-loan SSC Napoli forward rounded Vyacheslav Malafeev but  the goalkeeper made an excellent recovery to stop his team from falling behind; how crucial it proved.

Sixty seconds later Russia forged ahead. The impressive Arshavin dribbled half the length of the pitch before laying the ball off to Kerzhakov, who in turn found Semshov in oceans of space on the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder composed himself before scoring with a right-footed shot which went straight through goalkeeper Martin Bogatinov.

Russia were much improved after the break and could have doubled their lead on 64 minutes. Yuri Zhirkov pirouetted his way past two defenders brilliantly and his measured cross was met powerfully by substitute Dmitri Torbinski. However, Bogatinov redeemed himself for his earlier mistake with a fantastic save.

Ivan Trickovski spurned FYROM's best chance with time running out, firing over the crossbar from the edge of the area. Russia could have killed off the tie, with Torbinski missing another presentable opportunity with ten minutes to go.

Last updated: 02/09/11 23.34CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

FYROM

FYROM

1
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
1
BogatinovMartin Bogatinov (GK)
2
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
2
SikovVance Sikov
3
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
3
PopovGoran Popov
4
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
4
NoveskiNikolce Noveski
Yellow Card90
5
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
7
TričkovskiIvan Tričkovski
6
SemshovIgor Semshov
Goal41
Substitution46
8
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
Yellow Card76
Substitution85
7
DenisovIgor Denisov
Yellow Card56
9
DemiriMuhamed Demiri
Yellow Card61
8
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Yellow Card71
10
PandevGoran Pandev (C)
Yellow Card42
Red Card90+5
9
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Yellow Card61
Substitution88
13
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin (C)
19
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
Substitution66
11
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution60
22
IvanovskiMirko Ivanovski
Substitution75

Substitutes

12
ShuninAnton Shunin (GK)
12
PacovskiTome Pacovski (GK)
14
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
15
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
Substitution60
11
MuaremMuarem Muarem
Substitution85
16
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Substitution46
14
TrajkovskiAleksandar Trajkovski
Substitution75
18
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
Substitution88
15
MojsovDaniel Mojsov
19
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
16
HasaniFeran Hasani
Substitution66
20
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
17
PetrovRobert Petrov

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) John Toshack (WAL)

Referee

Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

Assistant referees

Erdinç Sezertam (TUR), Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Fourth official

Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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