Aleksandr Kerzhakov struck three minutes after coming on as Russia opened their FIFA World Cup account with a 1-1 draw against South Korea.
Surprisingly overlooked as Fabio Capello opted for Aleksandr Kokorin in his starting XI, Kerzhakov showed his striker's instinct when a clearance ricocheted off Andrei Eschenko 16 minutes from time. He was on it in a flash, swivelling round and driving in, much to the relief of Igor Akinfeev, who had a moment to forget when he conceded Keun-Ho Lee's opening goal six minutes earlier. Neither side could find a winner.
|1||Akinfeev (GK)||1||Jung Sung-Ryong (GK)|
|14||V. Berezutski (C)||10||Park Ju-Young|
|13||Koo Ja-Cheol (C)|
|12||Lodygin (GK)||21||Kim (GK)|
|16||Ryzhikov (GK)||23||Lee (GK)|
|21||Ionov||22||Park Joo Ho|
|Fabio Capello (ITA)||Myung-Bo Hong (KOR)|
|Néstor Pittana (ARG)|