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RUSSIA - NETHERLANDS - 1:1

Russians grab late draw

Konstantin Zyryanov scored a late penalty to help Russia salvage a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday.

Robin van Persie's first-half strike gave the visitors a deserved 1-0 lead with the Dutch eager to avenge their defeat by Guus Hiddink's men in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals two months ago.

The Arsenal forward beat Russia keeper Igor Akinfeyev, curling a delicate left-footed shot into the top corner from just outside the area in the 25th minute.

The Russians stunned the much-fancied Dutch 3-1 in extra time at the European Championship in June, securing their best showing at a major tournament in 20 years and a personal victory for Hiddink over his home country.

The home team fielded an almost identical lineup on Wednesday. The Dutch were missing defender Khalid Boulahrouz and midfielders Wesley Sneijder and Orlando Engelaar through injury as well as goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and forward Ruud van Nistelrooy, who retired from the international game after Euro 2008.

The Dutch, who recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over Russia in a friendly in Amsterdam in February last year, dominated for much of the lively encounter at Moscow's Lokomotiv stadium, with van Persie being the most active for the visitors until he was substituted by Ibrahim Afellay midway through the second half.

The Russians lost their top striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to injury late in the first half but escaped with a draw when Zyryanov calmly fired from the spot for the equaliser 12 minutes from time after Giovanni van Bronckhorst fouled Dmitry Torbinsky inside the box.

Dutch substitute Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink wasted a great chance in added time when he was left alone in front of Russia's goal, but Akinfeyev made a fine save from close range.

Russia 1 - 1 Netherlands
 
Scoring Summary
Russia Netherlands
Konstatin Zurianov (pen 77) Robin Van Persie (24)

Match Information
Stadium: Lokomotiv Stadium
Attendance: 17,000
Match Time: 18:15 UK

Teams
Russia Netherlands
1 Igor Akinfeev 1 Maarten Stekelenburg
3 Renat Yanbaev 2 Johnny Heitinga
4 Sergei Ignashevich 3 Andre Ooijer
8 Denis Kolodin 4 Joris Mathijsen
11 Sergei Semak 5 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
17 Konstatin Zurianov 6 Mark Van Bommel
18 Yuri Zhirkov 8 Nigel De Jong
20 Igor Semshov 10 Rafael Van der Vaart
23 Vladimir Bystrov 11 Arjen Robben
10 Andrei Arshavin 7 Robin Van Persie
19 Roman Pavluchenko 9 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitutes
12 Vladimir Gabulov Henk Timmer 16
5 Alexei Berezutsky Tim De Cler 15
2 Vasili Berezutsky Demy De Zeeuw 12
7 Dmitri Torbinsky Ibrahim Afellay 14
21 Roman Vorobyev Dirk Kuyt 17
13 Nikita Bazhenov Jan Vennegoor 18
Substitutions
Nikita Bazhenov for Roman Pavluchenko (39)
Dirk Kuyt for Rafael Van der Vaart (58)
Dmitri Torbinsky for Vladimir Bystrov (62)
Jan Vennegoor for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (59)
Roman Vorobyev for Andrei Arshavin (86)
Ibrahim Afellay for Robin Van Persie (71)
  Demy De Zeeuw for Arjen Robben (83)
Yellow Cards
Igor Semshov (71) Jan Vennegoor (68)
Dmitri Torbinsky (90)
 

Soccernet.espn.go.com, August 20, 2008

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