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
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