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Russia 1-0 Slovakia

Russia v Slovakia

Russia's World Cup preparations got off to a winning start with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in a friendly on Monday.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Alexander Kerzhakov nodded in debutant Maxim Kanunnikov's cross after 82 minutes.

Russia's former England manager Fabio Capello was without injured captain Roman Shirokov for the game in St Petersburg.

Capello's team face friendlies against Norway on 31 May and Morocco on 5 June before heading for Brazil.

Russia are playing in the World Cup for the first time in 12 years.

They have been drawn in the same group as South Korea, Belgium and Algeria.


Football Union of Russia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1AkinfeevSubstituted forLodyginat 74'minutes
  • 22EshchenkoSubstituted forKozlovat 45'minutes
  • 23Kombarov
  • 17Shatov
  • 14Berezoutski
  • 4Ignashevitch
  • 7Denisov
  • 20FaizulinSubstituted forMogilevetsat 86'minutes
  • 9KokorinSubstituted forKerzhakovat 75'minutes
  • 19SamedovSubstituted forIonovat 75'minutes
  • 10DzagoevSubstituted forKanunnikovat 45'minutes


  • 2Kozlov
  • 3Schennikov
  • 5Semenov
  • 6Ionov
  • 8Glushakov
  • 11Kerzhakov
  • 12Lodygin
  • 16Ryzhikov
  • 18Zhirkov
  • 21Kanunnikov
  • 24Mogilevets
  • 25Cheryshev


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Mucha
  • 2Pekarík
  • 15HubocanSubstituted forCikosat 76'minutes
  • 22PecovskySubstituted forSalataat 68'minutes
  • 6Gyömbér
  • 4Durica
  • 20Mak
  • 14Kiss
  • 11NemecSubstituted forSylvestrat 62'minutes
  • 7WeissSubstituted forSaboat 72'minutes
  • 10StochSubstituted forSestakat 89'minutes


  • 5Farkas
  • 8Guédé
  • 9Sestak
  • 12Novota
  • 13Sabo
  • 16Salata
  • 18Jendrisek
  • 19Sylvestr
  • 21Cikos
  • 23Dubravka
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Russia 1, Slovakia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Russia 1, Slovakia 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Erik Cikos (Slovakia).

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Slovakia. Stanislav Sestak replaces Miroslav Stoch.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Russia. Maksim Kanunnikov tries a through ball, but Alexander Kerzhakov is caught offside.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Russia. Pavel Mogilevets replaces Viktor Faizulin.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dmitriy Kombarov (Russia).

  8. Post update

    Peter Pekarík (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Russia 1, Slovakia 0. Alexander Kerzhakov (Russia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maksim Kanunnikov with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksey Ionov (Russia) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Sergei Ignashevitch.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergei Ignashevitch (Russia) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dmitriy Kombarov with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Russia. Conceded by Jan Durica.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Sergei Ignashevitch.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Norbert Gyömbér (Slovakia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Cikos.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Oleg Shatov (Russia).

  16. Post update

    Erik Cikos (Slovakia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Slovakia. Erik Cikos replaces Tomas Hubocan.

  18. Post update

    Alexander Kerzhakov (Russia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jakub Sylvestr (Slovakia).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Russia. Aleksey Ionov replaces Aleksandr Samedov.