Alan Dzagoev's shot from distance after 71 minutes
ended the home side's hopes and put Dick Advocaat's men within sight of
by Rastislav Hribik from Stadion pod Dubnom
Russia avenged a 1-0 home loss to Slovakia at the start
of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying with an away win by the same scoreline, Alan
Dzagoev's goal ending their opponents' hopes of a top-two finish in Group
The 21-year-old PFC CSKA Moskva midfielder powered a shot from 25 metres
past Jan Mucha to leave Dick Advocaat's men within touching distance of
the final tournament in Poland and Ukraine. Russia are certain of taking
one of the top two spots in the section and will reach the finals as group
winners if they can get a point against Andorra on Tuesday. Slovakia showed
plenty of willingness but, while this was a marked improvement on their
4-0 loss to Armenia last time out, they have now failed to score in three
With temperatures dipping in Zilina, Roman Pavlyuchenko warmed to his
task the fastest, twice testing Mucha in the early stages before rounding
the goalkeeper only to miss from a tight angle. Juraj Kucka and Erik Jendrisek
had efforts in reply for Slovakia, but Russia looked the more threatening
side in those early stages, and Mucha pulled off an excellent save to
deny Andrey Arshavin on 22 minutes.
Slovakia looked to build up some momentum as half-time approached, with
Russia goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev increasingly called into action,
but while Filip Holosko fashioned a decent chance after the interval,
the visitors' threat never subsided. Roman Shirokov should have scored
when Arshavin's ball left him with just Mucha to beat, and although he
shot wide, with 19 minutes to go, Dzagoev did not. Slovakia could not
redress the balance.
Qualifying round EURO-2012 - (Group B) - 07/10/2011 - Stadion pod Dubnom
Referee - Jonas Eriksson (SWE).
Slovakia: Jan Mucha, Peter Pekarik, Martin Shkrtel, Jan Durica, Miroslav
Karhan (Filip Shebo, 85), Miroslav Stoch, Filip Holoshko (Vladimir Weiss,
73), Tomash Hubochan, Marek Hamshik (c), Erik Jendrishek, Juraj Kucka
(Karim Guede, 73).
Coach - Vladimir Weiss (SVK).
Russia: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Aleksandr Anyukov, Vasili Berezutski, Sergei
Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov (Aleksei Berezutski, 90+4), Roman Shirokov,
Igor Denisov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Roman Pavlyuchenko (Pavel Pogrebnyak,
87), Andrey Arshavin (c), Alan Dzagoev (Aleksandr Samedov, 90+2).
Coach - Dick Advocaat (NED).
Score: Alan Dzagoev, 71.
Yellow cards: Miroslav Stoch (52), Konstantin Zyryanov (57), Aleksandr
Anyukov (60), Martin Shkrtel (83).