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Moldova hold off Russia to earn point in Moscow

Published: Sunday 12 October 2014, 19.50CET
Russia 1-1 Moldova
Alexandru Epureanu capped a fine individual performance with a goal moments after Artem Dzyuba had broken the deadlock from the spot.

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Match statistics

RussiaMoldova

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)68
 
32
Total attempts20
 
8
on target5
 
4
off target11
 
2
blocked4
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
2
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
7
Fouls suffered7
 
7

Standings

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Published: Sunday 12 October 2014, 19.50CET

Moldova hold off Russia to earn point in Moscow

Russia 1-1 Moldova
Alexandru Epureanu capped a fine individual performance with a goal moments after Artem Dzyuba had broken the deadlock from the spot.

Moldova get off the mark in Group G at the third attempt
Russia fall two points behind Austria after second 1-1 draw in four days
Defender Alexandru Epureanu scores eighth international goal
Next games: Austria v Russia, Moldova v Liechtenstein (15 November)

Alexandru Epureanu struck moments after Artem Dzyuba had broken the deadlock from the spot as Moldova claimed their first point of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying.

The game looked up when Artem Dzyuba gave dominant Russia the lead 17 minutes from time. Instead, the visitors replied with panache, surging forward and winning a corner. Alexandru Epureanu, excellent at the back all night, did the rest, spinning away from Sergei Ignashevich to head in.

Past meetings between Russian and Moldovan clubs had suggested a tight encounter and so it proved as the game quickly settled on an established formula. Moldova sat right back, stymieing progress through the middle and inviting crosses into the box: give it your best shot. The home side gamely tried, with scant rewards – a more nuanced approach always provided more threat.

Alan Dzagoev screwed across goal early on after jinking through, while it took a pair of superb interventions from the outstretched leg of Epureanu to deny Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Dzyuba. Moldova were unperturbed, sticking to their game plan and trying their luck on the break – almost to spectacular effect before half-time as Ion Jardan escaped on the right and delivered a delicious ball across the box that somehow evaded everyone.

The siege continued after the restart and, though cracks appeared, Russia could not squeeze through them. Denis Glushakov, Dzagoev and Dzyuba all squandered good chances before Victor Golovatenco's tangle with Aleksei Ionov in the box allowed Dzyuba to set up a grandstand finale.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.09CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013872/postmatch/report/index.html#moldova+hold+russia

Lineups

Russia

Russia

Moldova

Moldova

1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
1
CebanuIlie Cebanu (GK)
3
ParshivlyukSergei Parshivlyuk
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
3
A. EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu (C)
Goal74
8
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
4
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
Yellow Card72
10
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
5
I. JardanIon Jardan
11
A. KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution46
6
ErhanIulian Erhan
Yellow Card33
13
GranatVladimir Granat
7
CojocariAndrei Cojocari
Substitution73
14
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski (C)
8
GaţcanAlexandru Gaţcan
18
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
Substitution62
9
IoniţaArtur Ioniţa
21
IonovAleksei Ionov
Substitution75
10
DedovAlexandru Dedov
Substitution82
22
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Goal73
11
PicuşciacIgor Picuşciac
Substitution46

Substitutes

16
RebrovArtem Rebrov (GK)
12
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
12
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
13
A. AntoniucAlexandru Antoniuc
2
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
14
SidorencoEugeniu Sidorenco
Substitution82
Yellow Card90+2
5
SemenovAndrei Semenov
15
PosmacVeaceslav Posmac
6
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
Substitution75
17
RaţăVadim Raţă
7
OzdoevMagomed Ozdoev
Substitution46
18
PatraşArtur Patraş
Substitution46
15
PolozDmitri Poloz
Substitution62
19
GheorghievSerghei Gheorghiev
17
GrigoryevMaksim Grigoryev
20
RacuPetru Racu
Substitution73
19
SamedovAleksandr Samedov
22
CarpCătălin Carp
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
23
GazinskiYuri Gazinski

Coach

Fabio Capello (ITA) Alexandru Curteian (MDA)

Referee

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL), Gylfi Mar Sigurdsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)

Additional assistant referees

Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL), Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)

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