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Pavlyuchenko grabs spot-kick brace

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored two penalties in the space of six minutes as Russia made light work of Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier in rain-soaked St Petersburg.

Centre-back Vasili Berezutsky opened the scoring in the Group Four match before Tottenham striker Pavlyuchenko settled the contest with two goals before the break.

Coach Guus Hiddink was missing Andrei Arshavin, Yuri Zhirkov and Denis Kolodin through injury and started Everton newcomer Denis Bilyaletdinov at left-back, but the changes did not prevent Russia from recording a simple victory.

It was clear visiting goalkeeper Peter Jehle was going to be in for a busy afternoon when he was called into action twice in the 13th minute.

First Vladimir Bystrov capped a fine move with a toe poke that Jehle turned behind for a corner, from which Sergei Ignashevich's powerful close-range header was kept out by the Liechtenstein stopper, although he knew little about it.

Russia opened the scoring four minutes later with a goal crafted by an unlikely combination between centre-back duo Vasili Berezutsky and Sergei Ignashevich.

Ignashevich headed the ball back into the danger area after Liechtenstein had cleared a Russia corner and CSKA Moscow teammate Berezutsky beat the offside trap to fire past Jehle from 10 yards.

Six minutes before half-time Pavlyuchenko doubled Russia's advantage from the penalty spot after Igor Denisov had been tripped by Liechtenstein right-back Marco Ritzberger following a one-two with Zenit team-mate Konstantin Zyryanov.

And Pavlyuchenko scored again for the spot on the stroke of half-time when Aleksandr Kerzhakov was bundled over by Franz-Josef Vogt to put Russia 3-0 up at the break.

FC Moscow midfielder Aleksei Rebko was brought on with twenty minutes remaining for his Russia debut but, despite dominating possession, the hosts failed to add to their tally in the second period, with the worsening conditions and slippery pitch making for a scrappy second 45 minutes.

Liechtenstein had a couple of sights of goals in the second half, with veteran striker Mario Frick shooting harmlessly off target from distance on both occasions.

Russia's Vladimir Bystrov had a goal harshly ruled out for offside in the 74th minute.

Hiddink's afternoon was spoilt slightly, though, by a yellow card to Denisov, who will now miss Wednesday's match against Wales in Cardiff through suspension., September 5, 2009

Russia - Liechtenstein - 3:0

Scoring Summary
Russia: Vasili Berezutsky (17), Roman Pavlyuchenko (pen 39), Roman Pavlyuchenko (pen 45)

Match Information
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium
Attendance: 18,000
Match Time: 16:00 UK
Official(s): Augustus Constantin (Referee)

Russia Liechtenstein
1 Igor Akinfeev 1 Peter Jehle
4 Sergei Ignashevich 3 Michael Stocklasa
5 Vasili Berezutsky 15 Franz-Josef Vogt
2 Aleksandr Aniukov 2 Marco Ritzberger
17 Konstatin Zurianov 4 Yves Oehri
11 Sergei Semak 5 Martin Rechsteiner
18 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov 11 Franz Burgmeier
15 Vladimir Bystrov 8 Ronny Buchel
7 Igor Denisov 10 Mario Frick
16 Alexander Kerzhakov 9 Thomas Beck
9 Roman Pavlyuchenko 17 Mathias Christen
12 Vladimir Gabulov Cengiz Bicer 12
6 Alexei Berezutsky Lucas Eberle 6
13 Renat Yanbaev Stefan Buchel 14
8 Igor Semshov Roger Beck 16
3 Alexei Rebko David Hasler 7
14 Pavel Pogrebniak  
10 Alexander Bukharov  
Igor Semshov for
Konstatin Zurianov (46)
David Hasler for
Thomas Beck (57)
Alexei Berezutsky for
Vasili Berezutsky (58)
Roger Beck for
Mathias Christen (72)
Pavel Pogrebniak for
Igor Denisov (69)
Stefan Buchel for
Franz-Josef Vogt (82)
Yellow Cards
Igor Denisov (42)
Franz Burgmeier (35)
Roman Pavlyuchenko (48) Franz-Josef Vogt (45)
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