Ignashevich's Russia century celebrated
Sergei Ignashevich had two reasons to celebrate as UEFA recognised
his three-figure haul of Russia caps on the night of a crucial Group G
victory against Sweden.
By Richard van Poortvliet from Moscow
"I set myself a goal of playing 100 national-team games and I am
really happy that I managed to achieve that," Sergei Ignashevich
told UEFA.com after he received a UEFA award to recognise his feat in
reaching three figures before Saturday's 1-0 UEFA EURO 2016 Group G qualifying
win against Sweden in Moscow.
The 36-year-old has been a defensive stalwart for his country since making
his debut in 2002, in a 1-1 friendly draw against Sweden in which Zlatan
Ibrahimovic scored an added-time equaliser. The striker was not able to
replicate that form in the sides' latest meeting, though, Ignashevich
helping the hosts register a clean sheet on what was his 108th national-team
The CSKA Moskva player collected his commemorative medal and cap from
the Russian sports minister and Russian Football Union (RFS) president
Vitali Mutko in front of a capacity crowd at the Otkrytie Arena. After
the match he told UEFA.com: "I sincerely hope that all the members
of our team and the Swedish team also manage to reach this mark in their
Ignashevich had attained his century last summer in admittedly unhappy
circumstances; his 100th game was the 1-1 draw with Algeria in Curitiba
which spelled elimination for Russia at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
UEFA.com, 5 September
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Russia 1-0 Sweden
Otkrytie Arena - Moscow
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Russia: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, V. Berezutski, Ignashevich, Zhirkov (Kuzmin,
71), Denisov, Shirokov (c)
(A. Berezutski, 83), Dzagoev, Kokorin, Shatov, Dzyuba (Ionov, 79).
Coach: Leonid Slutski (RUS)
Sweden: Isaksson, Bengtsson (Berg, 60), Granqvist, Antonsson, M. Olsson,
Forsberg, S. Larsson, Wernbloom, Ekdal (Thelin, 82), Durmaz, Ibrahimovic
(c) (Toivonen, 46).
Coach: Erik Hamren (SWE)
Goal: Dzyuba (38)
Yellow cards: Dzagoev (34), Wernbloom (52), Kuzmin (82), Forsberg (90+1).