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Russia keep hopes alive with Moldova win

Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.01CET
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Sergei Ignashevich and Artem Dzyuba strikes kept Russia ahead of Sweden in the race for second place in UEFA EURO 2016 Group G.

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Match statistics

MoldovaRussia

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)38
 
62
Total attempts3
 
17
on target1
 
6
off target1
 
5
blocked1
 
6
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
7
Offsides4
 
5
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
11

Standings

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Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.01CET

Russia keep hopes alive with Moldova win

Moldova 1-2 Russia
Sergei Ignashevich and Artem Dzyuba strikes kept Russia ahead of Sweden in the race for second place in UEFA EURO 2016 Group G.

  • Goals from Sergei Ignashevich and Artem Dzyuba give Russia fifth Group G win
  • Leonid Slutski's side two points ahead of third-placed Sweden ahead of the final fixtures
  • Dzyuba goes level with Germany striker Thomas Müller on eight goals
  • Late Eugeniu Cebotaru header not enough to give Moldova first Group G win
  • Final qualifiers: Sweden v Moldova, Russia v Montenegro (Monday)

Russia withstood a late scare against Moldova to tighten their grip on second spot in Group G, goals by Sergei Ignashevich and Artem Dzyuba proving to be enough to secure victory in Chisinau.

After a decidedly quiet first half – with a wayward header from Aleksandr Kokorin in the 17th minute being the only incident of note – Russia emerged from the interval with a newfound vibrancy. Igor Denisov dragged an effort wide of Alexei Koşelev's goal and the goalkeeper then fended off Aleksandr Kokorin's long-range drive on 55 minutes.

Slutski's visitors were handed their due reward for a spell of sustained heavy bombardment seconds later as Ignashevich pounced in the Moldova box. Dmitri Kombarov's free-kick was chested down to Ignashevich by Dzyuba, affording the 36-year-old enough time and space to beat Koşelev with just over half-an-hour remaining.

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Russia celebrate Sergei Ignashevich's goal

Dzyuba missed a decent chance after being sent through by substitute Oleg Kuzmin, but the Zenit striker took his tally to eight for the campaign – level with Germany's Thomas Müller in second place in the standings – bundling the ball into an empty net after Ignashevich nodded Kombarov's corner into his path.

While Cebotaru's late header from Vitalie Bordian's swinging corner made the visitors sweat, Russia held firm to ensure that a point against Montenegro at the Otkrytie Arena on Monday will confirm their place in the next summer's finals.

Last updated: 12/10/15 19.35CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014037/postmatch/report/index.html#russia+moldova

Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Russia

Russia

23
KoşelevAlexei Koşelev (GK)
1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş (C)
3
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
Substitution27
6
I. JardanIon Jardan
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
Goal58
7
CebotaruEugeniu Cebotaru
Goal85
5
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Yellow Card75
9
BordianVitalie Bordian
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
10
A. AntoniucAlexandru Antoniuc
Yellow Card57
7
DenisovIgor Denisov
11
MilinceanuNicolae Milinceanu
Substitution88
9
KokorinAleksandr Kokorin
14
SpătaruDan Spătaru
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov (C)
Substitution76
16
BurghiuŞtefan Burghiu
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
17
OnicaAlexandru Onica
Substitution79
22
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Goal78
Substitution88
22
CarpCătălin Carp
Substitution70
23
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov
Yellow Card42

Substitutes

1
CebanuIlie Cebanu (GK)
16
RebrovArtem Rebrov (GK)
12
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
12
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
3
ȘumchinRoman Șumchin
2
KuzminOleg Kuzmin
Substitution27
4
ErhanIulian Erhan
8
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
Substitution76
13
CeleadnicEugeniu Celeadnic
10
KasaevAlan Kasaev
15
AmbrosVladimir Ambros
Substitution79
11
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
18
PatraşArtur Patraş
13
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
19
IstratiSerghei Istrati
Substitution88
14
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
20
VremeaAlexandru Vremea
Substitution70
18
TarasovDmitri Tarasov
21
PotîrnicheMaxim Potîrniche
19
SamedovAleksandr Samedov
20
SmolovFedor Smolov
Substitution88
21
IonovAleksei Ionov

Coach

Ștefan Stoica (MDA) Leonid Slutski (RUS)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Alexandros Grevenis (GRE), Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)

Fourth official

Christos Baltas (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Athenasios Giachos (GRE), Andreas Pappas (GRE)

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