Friday September 2, 2011 Group Stage: Group B Finished Luzhniki

Russia 1 - 0 Macedonia

  • Semshov 41’

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    Time:90'
    • Russia
    • Macedonia
    • 90' Russia have done it, just. They were the better side against Macedonia but they never killed the game off, they will be delighted with the three points though.
    • 79' Not long left in Moscow now and the Russians haven't made it safe as yet, Macedonia still look dangerous on the counter-attack and the home side would really like another goal to settle it
    • 60' Typical laziness from Arshavin there as he expects the ball to roll out for a corner and a defender steams past him and puts it out for a throw-in instead. Russia on top here though.
    • 45' The referee brings the first-half to a close in Moscow, Russia are a goal to the good.
    • 41' GOAL FOR RUSSIA!!! After a mad five minutes which saw chances at both ends it is the home side that open the scoring. Brilliant run out of his own half from Arshavin which led to Semshov being teed up just outside the box, his shot wasn't the best but it took the slightest of deflections which was enough to take it past Bogatinov. 1-0
    • 39' Straight down the other end and Pandev rounded the goalkeeper only to cut back inside and he looked to have been felled on the edge of the six-yard box but the referee gave nothing
    • 38' Russia come within a whisker of breaking the deadlock as Arshavin swings in a free-kick from the left wing and Shirokov gets the faintest of flick-ons but his effort just slides wide of the far post
    • 26' Russia starting to press now as Kerzhakov tees up Semshov for an effort just inside the box but he fluffs his lines at puts his shot wide
    • 22' New Macedonia boss John Toshack has certainly got them well organised and they are pressing Russia high up the pitch, this will be anything but easy for the home side as they look to take control of Group B
    • 20' Pandev without doubt the dangerman for Macedonia, he gets a yard of space just outside the box but mis-cues his effort and it is comfortable for the keeper
    • 15' Russia are just about having the better of things in Moscow but they can't find the final ball and Macedonia continue to defend well
    • 9' Russia have been forced into picking second choice keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev after main man Igor Akinfeev suffered a serious knee injury that will keep him out for the season. Malafeev is a seasoned veteran though having been first choice at Zenit St Petersburg for a decade.
    • 3' Russia are completely level on points and goal difference with the Republic of Ireland in Group B and will be hoping for a convincing win here tonight to give them the advantage in the race for qualification. Ireland face Slovakia later this evening
    • 1' The Group B contest between Russia and Macedonia kicks off at the Luzhniki Stadion, Moscow
    • - Team News: Russia: Malafeev, Anyukov, Vasili Berezutski, Aleksei Berezutski, Zhirkov, Semshov, Denisov, Shirokov, Kerzhakov, Arshavin, Zyryanov /// Macedonia: Bogatinov, Sikov, Popov, Noveski, Trickovski, Sumulikoski, Demiri, Pandev, Ibraimi, Georgievski, Ivanovski
  • Summary

    • 41' GOAL FOR RUSSIA!!! After a mad five minutes which saw chances at both ends it is the home side that open the scoring. Brilliant run out of his own half from Arshavin which led to Semshov being teed up just outside the box, his shot wasn't the best but it took the slightest of deflections which was enough to take it past Bogatinov. 1-0

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Russia

    Manager: Dick Advocaat

  • Macedonia

    Manager: John Toshack

  • Line-up

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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      6.9 -
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 6.5 -
      Goal Substitution Out45′ 7.3 -
      Substitution Out60′ 6.8 -
      7.7 -
      Yellow Card 6.9 -
      Strikers
      Yellow Card Substitution Out88′ 6.9 -
      Subs
      Substitution In88′ 6.2 -
      Substitution In60′ 7.7 -
      Substitution In45′ 8.6 -
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      Goalkeeper
      5.6 -
      Defenders
      Substitution Out66′ 5.2 -
      5.2 -
      Yellow Card 5.3 -
      5.2 -
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card Substitution Out84′ 4.7 -
      Yellow Card 4.7 -
      5.2 -
      Red Card 4.5 -
      Substitution Out75′ 4.8 -
      Strikers
      5.2 -
      Subs
      Substitution In84′ 1 -
      Substitution In66′ 1 -
      Substitution In75′ 4 -

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