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RUSSIA - USA - 2:2

Recap: Russia 2, U.S. 2


U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, left, and Russia Coach Fabio Capello before Wednesday's
match in Krasnodar.ReutersU.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, left, and Russia Coach Fabio
Capello before Wednesdays match in Krasnodar.

The United States rescued a match in Russia, scoring the tying goal in the third minute of second half stoppage time to escape with a 2-2 draw against Russia at Kuban Stadium in Krasnodar on Wednesday.

Mix Diskerud, inserted into the game late by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, struck a shot from the top of the penalty area that deflected off a defender and skipped past Russia goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov. It was Diskeruds first goal for the senior national team.

The draw in the last scheduled match for the United States before the start of the last phase of regional World Cup qualifying early in February caps a year in which the American team earned away victories, its first, at Italy and at Mexico.
Josh Gatt, left, earned his first cap for the U.S. senior national team against Russia on Wednesday.ReutersJosh Gatt, left, earned his first cap for the U.S. senior national team against Russia on Wednesday.

Russia raced in front only nine minutes into the match after Jozy Altidore was fouled in the United States half of the field. Danny Williams hastily put the ball back in play, sliding a pass to the unsuspecting Carlos Bocanegra. But Fyodor Smolov, who plays for Anzhi Makhachkala, pounced on the slow-rolling pass, dribbled into the U.S. penalty area and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard with a low shot. Smolov injured himself in the act of scoring the goal and left the match. Only minutes later, Bocanegra, the American captain who was making his 114th international appearance, sustained a leg injury and was replaced by Clarence Goodson in the 18th minute.

The United States tied the match in the 76th minute. Juan Agudelo, a second-half substitute, deftly headed down a long pass to Michael Bradley. Bradley, who plays at Roma in Italy, hit the ball on the full volley. It kissed off the near post and bounded into the net.

From there, the U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard preserved the deadlock with back-to-back saves that stymied the quick and skillful Russians. Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup, is No. 12 in the FIFA world ranking and is now coached by the Italian Fabio Capello, has jumped into the lead in its World Cup qualifying group with four consecutive victories without yielding a goal.

It looked like Russia took back the lead for good after Fabian Johnsons foul about 25 yards out led to a quick Russia free kick floated into the penalty area. Clarence Goodsons awkward tackle, and subsequent yellow card, yielded a penalty kick for Russia that Roman Shirokov buried into the roof of the net.

But the U.S. refused to concede the result with Diskerud scoring the equalizer with time running out.

The match saw the return to the lineup of striker Altidore, who was dropped by Klinsmann from the last two U.S. World Cup qualifiers. Klinsmann also gave midfielder Josh Gatt, who plays for Molde in Norway, his first senior international cap. Timmy Chandler, a German-American defender who had not played for the U.S. in more than a year, was back but is still not cap-tied to the U.S. That cannot happen until the World Cup qualifier at Honduras on Feb. 6.

Before Wednesdays match, the Russia had a 2-0-2 record against the United States dating to 1993, when the series began with a 1-0 Russia win on Feb. 13 in Orlando, Fla. The Soviet Union played the U.S. four times and was 3-0-1, including a 3-1 win before 61,000 fans at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. (There were also two games in 1992, one win for each team, against the Commonwealth of Independent States after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.)

While the match at Russia is the last one on the schedule this year, the United States will play a friendly against Germany on May 29 as it prepares for World Cup qualifying games in June and the Concacaf Gold Cup., November 14, 2012

Russia - United States - 2:2

International Friendly
Kuban Stadium; Krasnodar, Russia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Attendance: 28200

Russia: 12-Vladimir Gabulov; 2-Aleksandr Anyukov (5-Renat Yanbaev, 59), 14-Vasily Berezutskiy, 4-Sergei Ignashevich, 22-Andrey Eshechenko, 15-Roman Shirokov, 7-Igor Denisov (capt.), 23-Dmitry Kombarov (10-Alan Dzagoev, 46), 25-Fedor Smolov (24-Maxim Grigoriev, 11) (26-Denis Cheryshev, 80), 9-Alexander Kokorin (17-Artem Dzyuba, 67), 11-Alexander Kerzhakov (8-Denis Glushakov, 46)
Coach: Fabio Capello (ITA)

United States: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Timmy Chandler, 20-Geoff Cameron (6-Mix Diskerud, 87), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (21-Clarence Goodson, 18), 23-Fabian Johnson; 14-Danny Williams (7-Maurice Edu, 73), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 11-Joshua Gatt (15-Juan Agudelo, 63), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Terrence Boyd, 87), 9-Herculez Gomez (16-Sacha Kljestan, 65)
Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann (GER)

Goals scored: Fedor Smolov (9'), Michael Bradley(76'), Roman Shirokov (pen 84'), Mikkel Diskerud (90+3')

Yellow cards: Michael Bradley (26th minute), Denis Glushakov (51), Alexander Kokorin (52), Roman Shirokov (77), Clarence Goodson (84), USA Sacha Kljestan ( 90+4)

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