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Shirokov and Shatov Blast Russia Past Iceland


Roman Shirokov scored one and set up a debut goal for Oleg Shatov to give Russia a 2-0 win over Iceland in a practice game for a World Cup qualifier next month.

Shirokov hit the mark two minutes before half time, slotting the ball under Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson off Zenit St. Petersburg teammate Vladimir Bystrov's pullback.

Shirokov turned provider on 66 minutes, playing in substitute Oleg Shatov for the Anzhi striker to smash into the roof of the net for his first international goal on his first appearance.

The victory was Russia's seventh game without defeat under Capello, and a first friendly win in three attempts after draws against the Ivory Coast and the United States.

It sets Russia in good stead for a March 23 World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Capello's side will look to maintain their perfect record in Group F, which they lead by five points from Israel and Portugal.

Russia dominated possession in the balmy Spanish resort of Marbella, where the game was being played to avoid the harsh winter in the countries of both teams, and the Icelanders failed to pose much of a threat.

Russia captain Igor Denisov went close on 20 minutes with a low bullet from 25 yards, and substitute Fyodor Smolov was agonizingly high with an attempted lob on 75 minutes.

For Iceland, Heerenveen forward Alfred Finnbogason scooped wide after pouncing on a defensive blunder by Sergei Ignashevich early in the second half.

R-Sport, February 7, 2012

Iceland 0 vs 2 Russia

February 6, 2013
Estadio Municipal de Marbella - Marbella
Referee: Mateu Lahoz (ESP).
Attendance: 1000

Iceland: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Birkir Savarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hjalmar Jonsson, Ari Freyr Skulason, Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen (Helgi Valur Danielsson, 80), Birkir Bjarnason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (c) (Johann Gudmundsson, 60), Alfred Finnbogason.
Coach: Lars Lagerback (SWE)

Russia: Igor Akinfeev (Vladimir Gabulov, 46), Alexander Anyukov (Dmitriy Kombarov, 46), Vasiliy Berezutskiy, Sergey Ignashevich, Andrey Eschenko, Vladimir Bystrov (Kirill Nababkin, 75), Roman Shirokov, Igor Denisov (c), Viktor Faizulin (Denis Glushakov, 57), Yuri Zhirkov (Oleg Shatov, 46), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Fedor Smolov, 46).
Coach: Fabio Capello (ITA).

Goals scored: Shirokov (43), Shatov (66).

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