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Smolov penalty maintans Russia's perfection

Published: Thursday 10 November 2011, 21.31CET
Albania 0-1 Russia
Russia maintained their flawless record in Group 6 as Fedor Smolov scored a second-half penalty to down a spirited Albania.
by Lysien Nurishmi
from Niko Dovana
Smolov penalty maintans Russia's perfection
Goalscorer Fedor Smolov takes on Albania's Elvis Prençi in Russia's 1-0 win ©Evgeny Mokrousov/Sportarchiv
Published: Thursday 10 November 2011, 21.31CET

Smolov penalty maintans Russia's perfection

Albania 0-1 Russia
Russia maintained their flawless record in Group 6 as Fedor Smolov scored a second-half penalty to down a spirited Albania.

Russia cemented their place at the head of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6 and maintained their perfect qualifying record thanks to Fedor Smolov's second-half penalty.

The FC Dinamo Moskva forward kept his nerve to beat Stivi Frasheri from the spot with 16 minutes remaining after Turkey substitute Dorian Kerciku brought down captain Pavel Yakovlev. The win makes it four from four and moves Russia five points clear of second-placed Poland at the halfway stage of qualifying.

Without top-scorer Aleksandr Kokorin, who has five goals to his name so far, Nikolai Pisarev's side struggled to create and it was Albania who threatened first. The dangerous Armando Sadiku forced Nikolai Zabolotni into a fine save from 20 metres as he looked to add to his four qualifying goals. Yakovlev fired off target before the break, and KS Elbasani man Sadiku slalomed through the Russian defence only to shoot wide after the restart.

However, KH Tirana midfielder Kerciku offended in the box shortly after replacing Fabio Hoxha and the 21-year-old Smolov won it from the spot. FC Spartak Moskva stopper Zabolotni had to be on fine form late on to ensure his side's record remained unblemished.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.14CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Russia

Russia

1
FrasheriStivi Frasheri (GK)
1
ZabolotniNikolai Zabolotni (GK)
2
FejzullahuArbnor Fejzullahu
Yellow Card43
2
TsallagovIbragim Tsallagov
4
SallajAgonit Sallaj
3
GaponEvgeni Gapon
5
PeqiniRoland Peqini (C)
4
ChicherinNikita Chicherin
6
BunjakuImran Bunjaku
Substitution46
5
ZhestokovMaksim Zhestokov
8
BrahimiMergim Brahimi
6
PetrovSergei Petrov
Yellow Card64
10
VucajErjon Vucaj
Yellow Card13
Substitution46
7
SosninAnton Sosnin
Substitution66
11
SadikuArmando Sadiku
8
ShatovOleg Shatov
Substitution88
14
VajushiArmando Vajushi
9
YakovlevPavel Yakovlev (C)
20
F. HoxhaFabio Hoxha
Substitution57
10
SmolovFedor Smolov
Goal74
21
PrençiElvis Prençi
11
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
Substitution54

Substitutes

12
NacoEni Naco (GK)
12
FiltsovAleksandr Filtsov (GK)
7
DostiAlbi Dosti
Substitution46
Yellow Card68
13
GrigoryevMaksim Grigoryev
Substitution54
9
BalajBekim Balaj
14
BryzgalovSergei Bryzgalov
13
ImamiEni Imami
15
ZotovAleksandr Zotov
17
TelushiBruno Telushi
Substitution46
16
KayumovDmitri Kayumov
Substitution66
19
ShkurtajVasil Shkurtaj
17
KirillovYuri Kirillov
22
KërçikuDorian Kërçiku
Substitution57
18
GatagovAlan Gatagov
Substitution88

Coach

Skënder Gega (ALB) Nikolai Pisarev (RUS)

Referee

Mattias Gestranius (FIN)

Assistant referees

Marko Hänninen (FIN), Jukka Honkanen (FIN)

Fourth official

Petteri Kari (FIN)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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