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Russia ease past Serbia

Pogrebniak and Pavluchenko score as Russia triumph

By James Pearson

Russia are warming up nicely ahead of Euro 2008 with a 2-1 friendly win over Serbia.

Guus Hiddink's side were ahead with just 12 minutes on the clock when Zenit St Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebniak gave them the lead with a fine free-kick from distance.

However, their advantage did not last until half time with Hertha Berlin marksman Marko Pantelic squaring up the contest with a close range effort.

Serbia made a host of changes after the interval, although it failed to bring about an upturn in fortune with Roman Pavluchenko restoring Russia's lead after converting Dimitry Sychev's cross.

Russia have just one more friendly against Lithuania to come before getting their Euro 2008 campaign underway.

Hiddink's side kick of the tournament in Austria and Switzerland against Spain before going on and playing holders Greece and finally Sweden.

SERBIA - RUSSIA - 1:2 (1:1)

Scoring Summary: Pavel Pogrebniak (12), Marko Pantelic (41), Roman Pavluchenko (48)

Russia: Akinfeev, Anyukov (V. Berezutski 46), Kolodin, Shirokov, Zhirkov (Yanbaev 80), Semak, Zyrianov, Semshov (Saenko 83), Bilyaletdinov (Torbinskiy 71), Sychev (Bystrov 67), Pogrebnyak (Pavlyuchenko 16).

Serbia: Disljenkovic, Ninkov (Rukovina 71), Rajkovic, Vidic (Ivanovic 46), Kolarov, N. Kovacevic , Kacar (Kuzmanovic 59), Milovanovic (Ilic 76), Tosic, Despotovic (Jankovic 46), Pantelic (Zigic 46).

Yellow Cards: Yuri Zhirkov (79), Bosko Jankovic (78)

Referee: Wolfgang Stark

28 May 2008
Stadium: Wacker-Arena
Attendance: 7,000, 28th May 2008

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