Fabio Capello's Russia made no mistakes in Luxembourg as the Group F pacesetters cruised to a win which puts them within touching distance of the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
The match was wrapped up by half-time as Aleksandr Samedov, Viktor Fayzulin and Denis Glushakov all got on the scoresheet in the first 45 minutes. Aleksandr Kerzhakov rounded off the scoring after the break, meaning a further point for the Russians in Azerbaijan on Tuesday will guarantee a place in the Brazil finals.
Kerzhakov squandered the first clear opening but there were just nine minutes on the clock when Samedov took advantage of confusion in the home defence to slot in the first. Kerzhakov again missed a gilt-edged opportunity, prompting Fayzulin to show how it should be done on 39 minutes to double the advantage. If there were any doubts which way the points were going Glushakov dispelled them in first-half added time, again profiting from disorganisation in the home ranks to finish well.
Tom Laterza's powerful shot over the bar showed signs of life from Luc Holtz's side after the interval, yet Kerzhakov was eventually rewarded for his persistence with a goal on 73 minutes, netting from Dmitri Kombarov's precision pass. Igor Akinfeev did deny Chris Philipps in added time but there was to be no consolation for Luxembourg, who Russia will hope can do them a favour in their final game in Portugal by taking something from the second-placed team.