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
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.