Dzyuba hits four as Russia ease past Liechtenstein
Artem Dzyuba helped himself to four goals as Russia moved two points
clear of Sweden into second in Group G with an emphatic away success.
Artem Dzyuba struck four as Russia boosted their hopes of automatic qualification
for UEFA EURO 2016 with a comfortable away success against ten-man Liechtenstein
in Group G.
Dzyuba, who netted a clincher against Sweden on matchday seven, took his
campaign total to seven as the visitors moved two points clear of the
Scandinavians - beaten at home by Austria - and into second position.
Russia, who made a winning start under new coach Leonid Slutski on Saturday,
triumphed thanks to a dominant first-half display as they raced into a
three-goal lead before the break. Needing an away victory to maintain
their chances of a top-two finish, Russia took command on 21 minutes via
Dzyuba's close-range finish following Roman Shirokov's cheeky back-heeled
Liechtenstein, without a competitive success in nine home games prior
to kick-off, saw their prospects of a comeback suffer a fatal blow when
Daniel Kaufmann was sent off for bringing down Dzyuba inside the area.
Aleksandr Kokorin converted the resulting spot kick on 40 minutes. Five
minutes later, sent clear by Shirokov's lofted through ball, Dzyuba added
his second with a calm finish moments before the interval.
After the restart, the visitors had a monopoly on possession, yet poor
finishing initially let Russia down before they plundered another four
goals. Dzyuba claimed his hat-trick on 73 minutes, a tap-in following
excellent work from Dmitri Kombarov on the left flank. Four minutes later,
it was 5-0 as substitute Fedor Smolov swept home from close range.
Alan Dzagoev then converted a free-kick in brilliant fashion on 85 minutes
before Dzyuba registered his fourth in the 90th minute after an error
from home custodian Peter Jehle.
UEFA.com, 8 September
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Liechtenstein 0-7 Russia
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
Liechtenstein: Jehle, Yildiz, Kaufmann, M. Frick (c), Burgmeier, Polverino,
M. Buchel (Gubser, 84), Rechsteiner, Kieber (Sele, 77), Hasler, Salanovic
(A. Christen, 88)
Coach: Rene Pauritsch (AUT)
Russia: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, V. Berezutski, Ignashevich, D. Kombarov,
Denisov (Glushakov, 46), Dzagoev, Kokorin, Shirokov (c) (Smolov, 75),
Shatov (Mamaev, 65), Dzyuba
Coach: Leonid Slutski (RUS)
Goals: Dzyuba (21, 45, 73, 90), Kokorin (40-penalty), Smolov (77), Dzagoev
Yellow cards: Kieber (59), Polverino (62)
Red Card: Kaufmann (40)