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ESTONIA - RUSSIA - 0:2

ESTONIA - RUSSIA - 0:2 (0:0)
March 24, 2007.
European Championship Qualifying Group E.
9,000 at the A. Le Coq Arena.
Referee: Darko Ceferin (Slovenia).
Estonia:  Mart Poom, Dmitri Kruglov, Marek Lemsalu, T Sisov (Tarmo Neemelo, 80), Aleksandr Dmitrijev, Ragnar Klavan, Liivo Leetma (Tarmo Kink, 62), Joel Lindpere, A Sidorenkov, Andres Oper, Sergei Terehhov (Gert Kams, 52).
Coach - Jelle Goes (Holland).
Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Aleksandr Aniukov, Sergei Ignashevich, Roman Shishkin, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Vladimir Bystrov (Ivan Saenko, 90), Dmitri Torbinsky, Yuri Zhirkov, Konstatin Zurianov, Andrei Arshavin, Alexander Kerzhakov (Dmitri Sychev, 83).
Coach - Guus Hiddink (Holland).
Scorer: Alexander Kerzhakov (66, 78).
Yellow Cards: Konstatin Zurianov (25), Andrei Sidorenkov (34)

Russia delight in Kerzhakov strikes

Russia's Aleksandr Kerzhakov (right) celebrates with Yuri Zhirkov

Russia's Aleksandr Kerzhakov (right) celebrates with Yuri Zhirkov (Getty Images)

Russia continued their unbeaten start to UEFA EURO 2008T qualifying under Guus Hiddink with an Aleksandr Kerzhakov-inspired victory in front of a full house in Tallinn.

Kerzhakov goals
Kerzhakov struck twice in 12 minutes in the second half to ensure Russia repeated the scoreline by which they beat Group E rivals Estonia in St Petersburg in October. Russia remain second in the group behind Croatia, moving away from Israel, England and F.Y.R. Macedonia who all dropped points today.

Lively start
Both teams began in positive fashion. Kerzhakov sent the ball over Mart Poom's goal early on but Estonia then took the initiative, especially down the left flank of Ragnar Klavan. The first chance, however, fell to Sergei Terehhov in the 14th minute, his header tipped over by Igor Akinfeev. Three minutes later Klavan robbed Aleksandr Anyukov on the edge of the area but Akinfeev stood tall. Russia now retook control, Kerzhakov especially active but unable to break the deadlock before the interval.

Russia push
On the hour Estonia substitute Gert Kams made Akinfeev save, yet Russia started to dominate through ex-FC Zenit St. Petersburg forwards Andrei Arshavin and Kerzhakov. On 62 minutes Kerzhakov sent Arshavin through and the Russia captain forced Poom to make a low one-handed stop. Three minutes later, Kerzhakov's thunderous strike was met by a brilliant Poom save.

Match decided
Seconds on, though, Arshavin and Kerzhakov exchanged first-time passes and the latter raced through and lifted the ball over Poom and into the net. With 12 minutes remaining Kerzhakov made it two, again combining with Arshavin as well as Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and debutant Dmitri Torbinskiy, with Poom being unable to keep out his low show from the edge of the box. Estonia hit the crossbar late on but remain without a point or goal in Group E.

By Margus Luik from A. Le Coq Arena. UEFA.com, 24 Mar 2007

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