Friday October 7, 2011 Group Stage: Group B Finished Pod Dubnon

Slovakia 0 - 1 Russia

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    Time:90'
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    • Russia
    • 90+5' FULL TIME. A crucial win for Russia as they win 1-0 in Slovakia. It was nervy at times, but the Russians sit top of Group B heading into the final round of games. They are three points ahead of Armenia and will be two ahead of Ireland when their win against Andorra is formally confirmed. Russia host Andorra on the final day so will surely win, meaning the game between Ireland and Armenia will be a play-off for second. Russia are guaranteed at least second.
    • 70' GOAL! Slovakia 0-1 Russia! Alan Dzagoev's effort takes a big deflection and it now appears as though Russia will be sitting atop Group B heading into the final matchday.
    • 45' HALF TIME. Russia are drawing 0-0 in Slovakia. If the score remains the same then Ireland will be able to draw level with Russia at the top of Group B if they beat Andorra.
    • 23' Arshavin almost scores an outrageous goal for Russia! The Arsenal man works his way around five players, only to be denied by a fine save from Mucha.
    • 16' Now Arshavin tests Jan Mucha with a shot. The Arsenal man would welcome a decent performane as he has been off form for a good while now.
    • 12' Russia have had a couple of decent chances through Pavlyuchenko but no breakthrough yet for Dick Advocaat's side.
    • KICK OFF! We are underway as Russia look for a vital win that will guarantee them second place at least.
    • Some familiar faces in the Russia side with Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin, Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko and former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov all starting. If Russia win then they are guaranteed a play-off place, while a victory coupled with a draw for Ireland against Andorra will see them through as group winners. Andorra are awful though so that probably won't happen. Armenia, level with Russia having played a game more, are not out of the equation either.
    • TEAMS: Slovakia: Mucha, Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan, Karhan, Hamsik, Stoch, Jendrisek, Kucka, Holosko. Subs: Pernis, Weiss, Jez, Salata, Zabavnik, Guede, Sebo. /// Russia: Malafeev, Aniukov, Vasili Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Denisov, Shirokov, Dzagoev, Zyryanov, Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Shunin, Pogrebniak, Semshov, Samedov, Alexei Berezutsky, Glushakov, Shishkin
  • Summary

    • 70' GOAL! Slovakia 0-1 Russia! Alan Dzagoev's effort takes a big deflection and it now appears as though Russia will be sitting atop Group B heading into the final matchday.
    • 23' Arshavin almost scores an outrageous goal for Russia! The Arsenal man works his way around five players, only to be denied by a fine save from Mucha.
    • TEAMS: Slovakia: Mucha, Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan, Karhan, Hamsik, Stoch, Jendrisek, Kucka, Holosko. Subs: Pernis, Weiss, Jez, Salata, Zabavnik, Guede, Sebo. /// Russia: Malafeev, Aniukov, Vasili Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Denisov, Shirokov, Dzagoev, Zyryanov, Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Shunin, Pogrebniak, Semshov, Samedov, Alexei Berezutsky, Glushakov, Shishkin

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