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Russia frustrated by obdurate Armenia

Published: Saturday 26 March 2011, 18.00CET
Armenia 0-0 Russia
Group B leaders Russia failed to make the most of their possession as they were held to a goalless stalemate in Yerevan.
Russia frustrated by obdurate Armenia
Armenia's Roman Berezovsky repels another Russian attack ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArmeniaRussia

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts9
 
14
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
13
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
8

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 26 March 2011, 18.00CET

Russia frustrated by obdurate Armenia

Armenia 0-0 Russia
Group B leaders Russia failed to make the most of their possession as they were held to a goalless stalemate in Yerevan.

Group B has been thrown wide open after Russia passed up the opportunity to extend their two-point lead to five when they were held to a goalless draw in Yerevan.

Of the two teams, it was the hosts who started the strongest, and Vardan Minasyan's men could have taken the lead on 19 minutes had Igor Akinfeev not repelled Marcos Pizzelli's long shot. Russia replied immediately, though, and Yuri Zhirkov's left-wing cross caused confusion in Armenia's rearguard, forcing Roman Berezovsky into a reaction save from a miscued clearance.

Chelsea FC defender Zhirkov then tested Berezovsky again, this time with a fierce shot that the home side's No1 saved superbly. The 36-year-old could do nothing about Sergei Ignashevich's powerful header on 37 minutes, however, but was relieved to watch it fly wide.

Armenia threw more men forward after the break and were almost rewarded when Pizzelli picked out Yura Movsisyan, who beat the advancing Akinfeev from six metres only for his shot to bobble off target. At the other end, Aleksandr Kerzhakov missed with two presentable opportunities, one of them a free-kick, while Alan Dzagoev's goalbound effort from the edge of the box was blocked by Artur Edigaryan.

Russia's Roman Shirokov began to grow in influence in midfield and had two late attempts on goal. The FC Zenit St Petersburg man was nonetheless unable to find the target after being put through by Konstantin Zyryanov's incisive pass, and then fired over from distance four minutes from time.

Russia remain two points clear of fourth-placed Armenia – who travel to Russia on 4 June – but Dick Advocaat's charges have now slipped to second in Group B, behind new leaders Slovakia, who – like the Republic of Ireland – also have ten points following victories this evening.

Last updated: 26/03/11 23.00CET

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Lineups

Armenia

Armenia

Russia

Russia

1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
2
HayrapetyanLevon Hayrapetyan
Yellow Card33
Substitution67
2
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
Yellow Card63
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
3
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
6
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
5
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
8
PizzelliMarcos Pizzelli
Substitution57
6
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
9
MalakyanEdgar Malakyan
Substitution49
7
DenisovIgor Denisov
10
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
8
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
14
MovsisyanYura Movsisyan
9
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution78
15
MkoyanHrayr Mkoyan
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin (C)
Substitution90
18
MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan
11
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev

Substitutes

12
S. GhazaryanStepan Ghazaryan (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
3
YuspashyanArtur Yuspashyan
12
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
Substitution78
7
Artur EdigaryanArtur Edigaryan
Substitution57
14
SemshovIgor Semshov
11
DashyanArtak Dashyan
15
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
Substitution90
13
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution49
Yellow Card87
17
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
16
V. AleksanyanValeri Aleksanyan
18
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
17
Artak EdigaryanArtak Edigaryan
Substitution67
19
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski

Coach

Vardan Minasyan (ARM) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), James Bee (SCO)

Fourth official

Alan Muir (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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