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
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
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
28th May 2008