Russia hand debuts to seven players, draw with Kazakhstan
Fabio Capello's experimental Russia side, with seven uncapped players
making their debuts, drew 0-0 with Kazakhstan in a friendly on Tuesday.
Capello rang the changes after just one win in Russia's last eight competitive
matches, not including Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Montenegro,
which was abandoned after crowd trouble.
Russia dominated against their less illustrious opponent Kazakhstan, but
created few clear-cut chances.
The best opportunity to score came on 27 minutes, when Alexander Samedov's
speculative shot from a free-kick bounced off the crossbar and post before
Kazakhstan goalkeeper Stanislav Pokatilov snatched it off the line.
Kazakhstan threatened the Russian goal on occasional ventures forward,
but both teams relied mainly on efforts from distance.
Some of Capello's new players were not even regulars for their Russian
club sides, such as CSKA Moscow's 19-year-old forward Dmitry Yefremov,
handed his first cap as a late substitute.
The game in Moscow was a respite for Russia after Friday's hectic match
in Montenegro. It was abandoned at 0-0 in the second half after both teams
brawled and Russian players were struck by objects thrown from the crowd.
Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev required hospital treatment for minor
injuries after being hit on the head by a flare.
UEFA has charged both Russia and Montenegro with various offenses.
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Russia 0-0 Kazakhstan
March 31, 2015
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Russia: Yury Lodygin, Alexey Kozlov, Ivan Novoseltsev, Vasily Berezutskiy
(c) (Roman Zobnin, 22), Ruslan Kambolov, Georgy Shchennikov (Elmir Nabiullin,
71), Dmitry Torbinskiy (Denis Davydov, 63), Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Magomed
Ozdoev, 46), Alexander Samedov, Maksim Kanunnikov (Dmitri Efremov, 80),
Artyom Dzyuba (Igor Portnyagin, 46).
Coach: Fabio Capello (Italy)
Kazakhstan: Stanislav Pokatilov, Konstantin Engel, Mark Gurman, Yuri Logvinenko,
Sergiy Maliy, Dmitriy Shomko, Ulan Konysbaev (Zhakyp Kozhamberdy, 78),
Samat Smakov (c), Georgy Zhukov (Abzal Beisebekov, 86), Bauyrzhan Islamkhan,
Baurzhan Dzolchiyev (Toktar Zhangylyshbay, 43; Aleksey Shchetkin, 82).
Coach: Yuri Krasnozhan (Russia).
Yellow card: Baurzhan Dzolchiyev (17).