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Kazakhstan - Russia - 0:4 (0:2)

EC Qualification

24 March 2019

Astana. Astana Arena

Attendance: 29582

Referee: S. Vincic (Slovenia)

Goals: D. Cheryshev (19, 45+2), A. Dzyuba (52), A. Beysebekov (62 - OG)

Kazakhstan: D. Nepogodov, Y. Logvinenko (Y. Vorogovskiy, 29), S. Maliy, E. Akhmetov, A. Beysebekov, G. Suyumbayev, I. Kuat (c), A. Merkel, B. Zainutdinov, Y. Pertsukh (G. Zhukov, 85), R. Murtazayev (B. Turysbek, 59)

Coach: M. Bilek (Czech Republic)

Russia: Guilherme, F. Kudryashov, A. Semenov, M. Fernandes, G. Dzhikiya, A. Ionov (V. Ignatyev, 61), Y. Gazinskiy, M. Ozdoev, D. Cheryshev, I. Akhmetov (Al. Miranchuk, 72), A. Dzyuba (c) (F. Chalov, 82)

Coach: S. Cherchesov

Yellow cards: G. Suyumbayev (50), I. Kuat (59), E. Akhmetov (64), D. Cheryshev (70), B. Zainutdinov (90+3)

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Cheryshev on fire: a brace and an assist in Kazakhstan

by BeSoccer

The Valencia player, who had scored in the match against Belgium, paved the way for Russia's thrashing of Kazakhstan by scoring the first two goals and assisting in the third.

He was one of the men for Russia in the World Cup and he seems that he wants to carry on being important for his national team. In fact, he has now scored more than half of the goals his country has scored in the first two games of Euro 2020 qualifying. He had already given Belgium a scare in the opening game by taking advantage of a terrible error by Courtois. On this occasion, his goals were enough to get the victory, which ended up being comprehensive (0-4).

The first half at the Astana Arena was his. After 19 minutes, he opened the scoring with a great goal, connecting with a left footed vlley after a good ball by Ionov. The second one came in injury time. Again the assist came from the right flank, although this time it was by Dzyuba. The player on loan from Vilarreal scored from one metre out and he literally ended up in the net because he bumped into the home keeper and ended up going into the net.

Seven minutes after the resumption, the Russian attacker's day got even better. In the 0-3 goal, thanks to a great team move, Cheryshev went like a tracer bullet down the left hand side to put the ball on a plate for Dzyuba, who hit it home from inside the six-yard box. Without doubt, there is nothing that suits Cheryshev more than the Russian shirt. - 24 Mar 19

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