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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Russia Men's National Soccer Team News

September 8, 2015 - Artem Dzyuba scores four in win over Liechtenstein
"Liechtenstein 0-7 Russia. Artem Dzyuba struck four as Russia boosted their hopes of automatic qualification for UEFA EURO 2016 with a comfortable away success against ten-man Liechtenstein in Group G. Dzyuba, who netted a clincher against Sweden on matchday seven, took his campaign total to seven as the visitors moved two points clear of the Scandinavians – beaten at home by Austria – and into second position." - UEFA

September 5, 2015 - Artem Dzyuba scores in win over Sweden
"Russia 1-0 Sweden. Artem Dzyuba struck the only goal as Russia made a winning start under new coach Leonid Slutski, edging qualifying Group G rivals Sweden to boost their hopes of an automatic place at UEFA EURO 2016.... Recalled into the starting lineup by Slutski, Dzyuba proved a handful right from the start with some fine link-up play. His team-mates proved unable to provide the necessary finish, yet it was a different story when the 27-year-old found himself on the end of a move as half-time approached. Igor Smolnikov and Roman Shirokov combined brilliantly down the right, and Smolnikov slotted a pass across to his Zenit colleague to beat Andreas Isaksson via a post." - UEFA

June 7, 2015 - Kokorin, Golovin, Miranchuk & Kerzhakov score in win over Belarus
"Coach Fabio Capello's Russia came from behind to beat Belarus 4-2 in a friendly Sunday thanks to goals from two young newcomers. Russia led through Alexander Kokorin's 20th-minute opener before two goals from Sergei Kislyak put Belarus ahead. Capello made six second-half substitutions, bringing on some well-known faces, but it was two 19-year-olds who changed the game once off the bench. Midfielder Alexander Golovin, who is not even a regular for his club CSKA Moscow, equalized in style on 77 minutes, controlling a cross-field pass on his chest and smashing a volley past goalkeeper Alexander Gutor. Six minutes later, Alexei Miranchuk put Russia ahead, with the Lokomotiv Moscow winger firing in a low shot. Veteran striker Alexander Kerzhakov added Russia's fourth on a counterattack in stoppage time." - Lexington Herald-Leader

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November 18, 2014 - Sergei Ignashevich & Alexander Kerzhakov score in win over Hungary
"Russia ground out a 2-1 win over Hungary in a friendly on Tuesday, a welcome result for the visitors' under-pressure coach Fabio Capello. Center-back Sergei Ignashevich gave Russia a 49th-minute lead, heading in a corner from Alexander Samedov after the Hungary defenders failed to pick up his movement. Alexander Kerzhakov slotted in Russia's second in the 80th minute off a through ball from Alan Dzagoev. Hungary pulled one back six minutes later when Nemanja Nikolic found space on the edge of the box and shot past Yuri Lodygin." - USA Today

September 8, 2014 - Kombarov & Dzyuba score, plus two own goals in win over Liechtenstein
"Two own goals helped guide Russia towards a 4-0 victory, with Liechtenstein's resistance crumbling after the break in their opening UEFA EURO 2016 Group G fixture. Russia took the lead after just four minutes when Sergei Ignashevich's free-kick took a decisive deflection off Martin Büchel to beat Peter Jehle, but they were unable to add to their advantage until after the interval.... After that early gift from Büchel, Russia had a monopoly on possession, but poor finishing from Aleksandr Kokorin and Denis Cheryshev let them down as the hosts went into the break only 1-0 up. However, they were relieved five minutes after the restart, Burgmeier turning the ball into his own net after Jehle just about managed to block an Alan Dzagoev shot. Dmitri Kombarov then converted a spot kick, low into the bottom corner, for Russia's third before his FC Spartak Moskva team-mate Dzyuba marked his first appearance since August 2013 with his maiden international goal, a tap-in following excellent work from Kokorin down the right flank." - UEFA

September 3, 2014 - Alexander Kerzhakov scores brace in win over Azerbaijan
"Alexander Kerzhakov became Russia's record scorer Wednesday as his team thrashed Azerbaijan 4-0 in a friendly. The Zenit St. Petersburg striker scored twice in the first half to set a new mark of 28 international goals in Russia's first game since its World Cup group stage exit in June.... On a chilly night at Arena Khimki near Moscow, Kerzhakov broke Vladimir Beschastnykh's Russian scoring record six minutes in, heading in a cross from Dmitry Kombarov. Kerzhakov added his second just five minutes later from a pass from Villareal winger Denis Cheryshev. Despite his double to get the Russian scoring mark, Kerzhakov remains 14 short of Oleg Blokhin's Soviet record. Defender Sergei Ignashevich scored Russia's third from close range in the 41st, before Vladimir Granat added the fourth in the 81st." - Yahoo

June 17, 2014 - Alexander Kerzhakov scores in draw with South Korea
"Alexander Kerzhakov rescued Russia in their first World Cup finals match since 2002, scoring three minutes after coming on as substitute to salvage a 1-1 draw against South Korea on Tuesday. The Zenit St Petersburg striker was brought on after rival substitute Lee Keun-Ho put South Korea ahead with a 30 metre shot that Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev disastrously parried over his head into the net.... Russia pulled back level when Kerzhakov, after coming on for Yury Zhirkov, pounced on the ball after a goalmouth scramble to shoot from close range." - Times of India

June 6, 2014 - Berezutski & Zhirkov score in win over Morocco
"Russia rounded off their World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Morocco in Moscow on Friday evening. Fabio Capello criticised his forwards after their profligacy in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Norway and they failed to find the net once again. However, defender Vasili Berezutski opened the scoring for the hosts just before the half hour and winger Yuri Zhirkov put the game beyond Morocco in the 58th minute. Russia were again without injured captain Roman Shirokov, whose World Cup appears to be in serious doubt and Capello may be left sweating on the fitness of Denis Glushakov, who was withdrawn from the squad and replaced in midfield by Igor Denisov after suffering an injury in the warm-up." - Goal

June 2, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow)
  • Yuri Lodygin (Zenit St. Petersburg)
  • Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan).
  • Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow)
  • Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow)
  • Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow)
  • Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow)
  • Alexei Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow)
  • Andrei Yeshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala)
  • Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow)
  • Andrei Semyonov (Terek Grozny).
  • Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow)
  • Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow)
  • Roman Shirokov (Zenit St. Petersburg)
  • Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow)
  • Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St. Petersburg)
  • Oleg Shatov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Dynamo Moscow)
  • Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow).
  • Alexei Ionov (Dynamo Moscow)
  • Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow)
  • Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm)
  • Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St. Petersburg)

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