Dmitri Tarasov's second-half header ensured Russia ended 2013 on a high
with a 2-1 victory over South Korea on Tuesday.
Fabio Capello's side had to come from behind to secure the win in Dubai,
after Kim Shin-Wook poked South Korea ahead in just the sixth minute.
Fyodor Smolov drew Russia level shortly after, though, before Tarasov
nodded home completely unmarked on 59 minutes to extend their unbeaten
run to six games.
Capello made five changes from the 1-1 draw with Serbia last Friday, including
Yuri Lodigin replacing Igor Akinfeev in goal and goalscorer Smolov coming
in for Aleksey Ionov up front.
The Italian's opposite number, Hong Myung-Bo, meanwhile, also opted to
make five alterations to the South Korea side after their 2-1 win over
Switzerland, with Shin Kwang-Hoon, Lee Keun-Ho and Park Joo-Ho among those
And Hong's side got off to the perfect start at the Zabeel Stadium when
Kim bundled the ball past Lodigin from a corner.
However, their lead lasted just six minutes as some slick interplay between
Roman Shirokov and Smolov resulted in the Dinamo Moscow man levelling
South Korea responded well and had a number of good chances to regain
their advantage before the break, but were let down by their final ball.
The Asian nation also started the second half on top, but were made to
pay for a momentary lapse in concentration by Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder
The 26-year-old, winning just his second international cap, ghosted in
to head past Jung Sung-Ryong just before the hour mark.
Confusion between Lodigin and his defence almost gifted South Korea a
route back into the match in the closing stages, but Russia held on to
make it four wins from their last six games in their final fixture of
South Korea 1-2 Russia
November 19, 2013
Zabeel Stadium - Dubayy (Dubai)
Referee: Hamad Al Shaikh Hashmi (United Arab Emirates)
South Korea: Sung-Ryong Jung, Joo-Ho Park, Kwang-Hoon Shin, Young-Gwon
Kim, Jeong-Ho Hong, Sung-Yong Ki (Myong-Jin Ko, 66), Chung-Yong Lee (c)
(Bo-Kyung Kim, 59), Jong-Woo Park, Keun-Ho Lee, Shin-Wook Kim (Tae-Hee
Nam, 46), Heung-Min Son (Dong-Won Ji, 70).
Coach: Myung-Bo Hong.
Russia: Y. Lodygin, S. Ignashevich, V. Granat, I. Smolnikov (Козлов, 74),
D. Tarasov (Григорьев, 75), D. Kombarov (Ещенко, 57), A. Samedov, R. Shirokov
(c), A. Ryazantsev, V. Faizulin (Глушаков, 57), F. Smolov.
Coach: Fabio Capello (Italy).
Goals: Shin-Wook Kim (6), F. Smolov (12), D. Tarasov (59).
Yellow cards: F. Smolov (40), D. Tarasov (53), V. Granat (61), A. Ryazantsev
(65), A. Samedov (79).