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Russia held by Uruguay

Kerzhakov and Suarez score in draw

Russia began their build-up to Euro 2012 with a 1-1 draw against Uruguay in Moscow on Friday.

Half-time substitute Alexander Kerzhakov levelled for the home side just 60 seconds after Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had put Uruguay ahead.

Russia, spurred on by the 22,000 home crowd, started in lively fashion at the Moscow Lokomotiv stadium, pinning the South American champions back in an attempt to score an early goal.

But the Uruguay defence held firm, stifling Russian attacks with Galatasaray keeper Fernando Muslera in complete command.


The visitors soon seized the initiative and created two clear chances midway through the first half but Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who won the Italian Cup with Napoli last weekend, lacking accuracy in front of Russia's net.

Two minutes after the interval Suarez put Uruguay ahead firing home from just inside the box but Kerzhakov levelled just a minute later beating Muslera from close range after Roman Shirokov's feeding pass.

In the 53rd minute Shirokov stole the ball from Uruguay skipper Diego Lugano in the box but fired wide.

Kerzhakov scored again in the 72nd minute but his goal was ruled offside.

Two minutes later Kerzhakov performed a piece of good individual work on his way to Uruguay's area forcing Muslera into a diving save to keep the scoreline unchanged.

Diego Forlan missed Uruguay's last chance for the winner with five minutes to go when his powerful 30-metre shot was confidently stopped by Russian 'keeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev., 25th May 2012

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Russia 1 - 1 Uruguay

International friendly - 25/05/2012
Stadion Lokomotiv — Moskva
Attendance: 18000
Referee: K. Blom (Holland)

Russia: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Alexander Anyukov, Alexey Berezutskiy (Roman Sharonov, 46), Sergey Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov (Dmitriy Kombarov, 69), Roman Shirokov, Igor Denisov, Konstantin Zyryanov (Denis Glushakov, 77), Marat Izmailov (Aleksandr Kokorin, 77), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Aleksandr Kerzhakov, 46), Andrey Arshavin (c).

Uruguay: Nestor Muslera Micol, Maximiliano Pereira, Diego Lugano (c), Diego Godin Leal, Martin Caceres, Diego Perez (W. Gargano, 77), Rios, Alvaro Pereira (Gaston Ramirez, 77), Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan Corazo.

Score: Luis Suarez (48), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (50).

Yellow card: Martin Caceres (51).

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