MACEDONIA - RUSSIA - 0:2 (0:2)
November 15 2006
European Championship Qualifying Group E.
Skopje. City Stadium . 16000.
Referee: Johny Ver Eecke (BEL).
Macedonia: Jane Nikoloski, Nikolce Noveski, Robert Petrov, Goce Sedloski,
Igor Mitreski, Vlade Lazarevski, Velice Sumulikoski, Artim Sakiri (Darko
Tasevski, 35), Aleksander Mitrevski (Igor Jancevski, 45; Vlatko Grozdanovski,
71), Goran Maznov, Aco Stojkov.
Coach - Srecko Katanec.
Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Vasili Berezutsky, Alexei Berezoutski, Denis Kolodin,
Vladimir Bystrov, Diniyar Bilaletdinov, Igor Semshov, Yuri Zhirkov, Egor
Titov, Andrei Arshavin (Roman Pavluchenko, 90), Pavel Pogrebniak (Dmitry
Coach - Guus Hiddink.
Scorers: 18' Bystrov, 32' Arshavin.
Yellow Cards: 43' Petrov, 51' Pogrebniak, 65' Sychev, 87' Kolodin.
Easy win has Russia on the rise
Bystrov, left, who scored the opening goal,
racing past Macedonia's Petrov in the game in Macedonia on Wednesday.
Russia's first away game in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group
E proved a successful one as Guus Hiddink's side made light work of F.Y.R.
Macedonia in Skopje.
First-half goals from Vladimir Bystrov and Andrei Arshavin sealed the
victory as Russia climbed the table, only to be usurped by Croatia following
their 4-3 victory in Israel. The visitors carved out the first chance
after ten minutes when Arshavin squared the ball to Yegor Titov, only
for his captain to delay his shot and allow F.Y.R. Macedonia defender
Goce Sedloski to block. Russia made no mistake eight minutes later as
a poor defensive header from Igor Mitreski presented the ball to FC Spartak
Moskva midfielder Bystrov who controlled on his chest before volleying
high into the net from eight metres.
Russia worked a significant advantage in the 32nd minute when Arshavin
collected a pass from the impressive Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on the edge
of the box, skipped a challenge from Mitreski and calmly lifted the ball
over Jane Nikoloski. The frustrations of the home fans were understandable,
with their team making little impact and any attacks being quickly soaked
up by a solid Russia back line. The best F.Y.R. Macedonia could muster
was a 34th-minute header from striker Goran Maznov which fell into the
arms of visiting keeper Igor Akinfeev.
On the rise
The hosts did improve after the break, and went close to reducing arrears
in the 55th minute as Maznov flicked a header just wide from a Robert
Petrov cross. Russia remained dangerous on the break, and Arshavin had
an effort deflected to safety by Nikoloski before Titov shot over when
he should have found the target from a Dmitri Sychev cut-back. Still,
Russia had done enough to climb above their opponents, Israel and England.