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RUSSIA - ARMENIA - 2:0

Russia beats Armenia 2-0 in friendly


Russia's Alexander Kokorin celebrates a goal during the international friendly soccer match against Armenia in Krasnodar, Russia, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo)

Alexander Kokorin and Dmitry Kombarov scored in the first half to lead Russia to a 2-0 victory over Armenia in a warm-up match ahead of the World Cup on Wednesday.

Kokorin opened the scoring with a low shot off Alexander Samedov's cross from the right in the 21st minute. Kombarov doubled the lead by converting a penalty after Artak Yedigaryan fouled Samedov in the box in the 43rd.

Russia coach Fabio Capello substituted four starters at the interval and made two more substitutions later on. Russia never looked as convincing as it did in the first half, and keeper Igor Akinfeev had to make a series of saves.

Russia faces South Korea in its World Cup Group H opener on June 17.

Herald-review.com, March 5, 2014

Russia 2 vs 0 Armenia
March 5, 2014
International Friendlies
Stadion 'Kuban' - Krasnodar
Attendance: 20000
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Russia: I. Akinfeev, A. Eshchenko (A. Kozlov, 46), V. Berezutski, S. Ignashevich, D. Kombarov, R. Shirokov (c) (I. Denisov, 46), D. Glushakov, V. Faizulin (A. Dzagoev, 46), A. Samedov (G. Schennikov, 75), A. Kokorin (O. Shatov, 63), Y. Zhirkov (A. Kerzhakov, 46).
Coach: Fabio Capello (Italy)
Armenia: R. Berezovskiy (c), H. Mkoyan (H. Hambardzumyan, 79), V. Haroyan, R. Arzumanyan, Artak Yedigaryan (K. Hovhannisyan, 65), A. Sarkisov (Artur Yedigaryan, 46), K. Mkrtchyan (A. Dashyan, 62), M. Pizzelli, H. Mkhitaryan, G. Ghazaryan (A. Papikyan, 82), Y. Movsisyan (S. Adamyan, 87).
Coach: Vardan Minasyan
Goals: Aleksandr Kokorin (21), Dmitriy Kombarov (43, PG)

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