Alexander Kerzhakov scored twice as Russia cruised to a 4-0 victory over
Israel in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying Group F.
The match was all but over as a contest inside 20 minutes as Kerzhakov
and Alexander Kokorin put the visitors 2-0 up in Ramat Gan. Kerzhakov
made it 3-0 in the 64th minute and Victor Fayzulin added a fourth as Fabio
Capello's side made it two wins from two qualifiers.
The opening goal came from a free-kick in the sixth minute. Having been
fouled by Tal Ben Haim, Kerzhakov stepped up to fire the ball into the
top left corner from around 25 yards.
He dragged another effort wide and the opening exchanges were generally
scrappy, but Russia doubled their advantage in the 18th minute when Kokorin
beat Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Aouate from 12 yards.
The visitors were dominant and could have had more goals before the interval,
but Denis Glushakov's and Vasili Berezutskiy's efforts were too high and
Aouate saved unconvincingly from Kerzhakov.
But Israel enjoyed a spell of pressure shortly before the interval, starting
when Bebras Natcho volleyed over from long range. Mahran Radi wasted a
good chance to pull a goal back when his close-range volley also cleared
the crossbar, and he was off target twice more in stoppage time.
Israel introduced Eden Ben Basat and Ben Sahar at the break and the former
headed Natcho's free-kick over shortly afterwards.
Glushakov and Alexander Samedov threatened for Russia before Ben Basat
headed Hen Ezra's corner wide. But Russia put the game well and truly
to bed when Fayzulin crossed from the left and Kerzhakov slotted home
from six yards.
And Fayzulin grabbed a goal of his own in the 77th minute, converting
Samedov's low cross at the near post. Radi and Yoav Ziv were unable to
conjure an Israeli goal as their side finished well beaten.
Qualifying round (Group F)
Itztadion Ramat Gan - Ramat Gan
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Israel: Dudu Aouate, Yuval Shpungin, Tal Ben Haim, Eytan Tibi, Yoav Ziv,
Yossi Benayoun (c) (Gil Vermouth, 74), Bebras Natcho, Almog Cohen (Eden
Ben Basat, 46), Maharan Radi, Hen Ezra, Etey Shechter (Ben Sahar, 46).
Coach: Eli Gutman (ISR).
Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Aleksandr Anyukov (Andrei Eschenko, 50), Vasili
Berezutski, Sergei Ignashevich, Dmitri Kombarov, Denis Glushakov, Igor
Denisov (c), Roman Shirokov, Vladimir Bystrov (Aleksandr Samedov, 23),
Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Aleksandr Kokorin (Viktor Fayzulin, 34).
Coach: Fabio Capello (ITA).