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Zenit

Hulk feeling the pressure at Zenit

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Zenit St. Petersburg's management will have breathed a huge sigh of relief on Wednesday evening after the Russian club notched up their first win of this season's Champions League campaign with a fortunate 1-0 result over Anderlecht.

Zenit were expected to challenge for the trophy this campaign after spending huge money in the summer on Hulk and Alex Witsel, but have been unconvincing so far.

Fast Track To Arshavin

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Hopefully this becomes great news for LLT´s Barça nut R.D. Baker as Zenit St. Petersburg officially stated that negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur over Euro2008 revelation Andrei Arshavin broke off earlier on Wednesday. This leaves the door wide open for Barcelona to come in and swipe the player, but there is very little time.

Champions League

Zenith St Petersburg 1-0 Anderlecht Goals

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A 72nd minute Alexander Kerzhakov penalty was enough to see Zenith pick-up their first point in Group C as they bagged a fortunate 1-0 win over Anderlecht earlier this evening.

Match Previews: Group B

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CSKA Moscow vs Besiktas

Turkish side Besiktas are making the always difficult trip to Russia to face Moscow. They come off a 1-0 loss to Manchester United and will be keen to get a point in Russia.

To do so they will have to find the back of the net, something they have had problems doing.

Russia

UEFA WCQ Rewind: Russia tops Portugal, Germany breezes past Ireland, and more

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By BRYAN ROBISON

Russia may have failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, but on Friday the Russians looked like a team determined to get to Brazil for the 2014 edition of the tournament.

Alexander Kerzhakov's early goal was enough for the Russians to hold off Portugaland earn important 1-0 victory in the battle for Group F.

World Cup 2014: Russia 1-0 Portugal

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A six minute goal from Alexander Kerzhakov ensured 3 wins from 3 under new Russian coach Fabio Capello as they beat Group F rivals Portugal 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium to-night.

Russia vs Portugal 2012 Highlights 1-0 Kerzhakov Goal Video

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Finland one foot in the grave; Russia win 3-0

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The route from Finland to South Africa is now even longer and harder than before. Their crucial home game against Russia was basically a re-run of the clash in Moscow last October. The scoreline was the same, and Finland was just as helpless to prevent Russia from taking the three points that might mean that the Finns will enjoy World Cup 2010 sitting at home with their wives and kids.

World Cup Qualifiers

North And South: Irish Sides Struggle In The East As World Cup 2014 Gets Underway (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

That's some divot

Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland produced poor performances on Friday night in their opening World Cup qualifiers of the new campaign.

The North travelled to Moscow to face Fabio Capello's Russia.

World Cup Qualifying: UEFA Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Seven games. Six shutouts. 22 goals.

Those are just some of the more interesting numbers that describe Wednesday's UEFA World Cup qualifiers. But the midweek action wasn't just about numbers as some intriguing story-lines developed, including England getting one step closer to South Africa, Sweden keeping themselves from the brink of elimination and a former American youth player scoring his first international goal.

World Cup Qualifying: UEFA Rewind

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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Seven games. Six shutouts. 22 goals.

Those are just some of the more interesting numbers that describe Wednesday's UEFA World Cup qualifiers. But the midweek action wasn't just about numbers as some intriguing story-lines developed, including England getting one step closer to South Africa, Sweden keeping themselves from the brink of elimination and a former American youth player scoring his first international goal.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012: Poland opens with wild draw, Dzagoev leads Russia over Czechs

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Poland backup goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton was one of the longer shots to be considered a hero at any point during Euro 2012. After one match, he's a household name across Europe.

Tyton entered for red-carded Arsenal goalkeeper Wojiech Szczesny and immediately stopped a Giorgios Karagounis penalty kick in the 71st minute to preserve a 1-1 draw for Poland against Greece in a wild opening match of the tournament.

Euro 2012: Group A Preview

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With the European Championships just a day away, it is time to start looking at the tournament's teams, players and match-ups. SBI will offer you a group-by-group overview to help you get ready for the tournament.

If you are a die-hard who has already digested multiple previews and have a wall poster with the tournament schedule already mounted in your home, then you're probably not going to find anything new here (other than a few opinions).

International Rewind: Russia stuns Italy, Austria tops Euro co-host, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A little over a week separates Italy from the start of their Euro 2012 campaign, and it appears the Azzurri have a lot to work on before then.

Italy suffered a surprising 3-0 defeat to Russia in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday in a friendly that extended the Italians' scoreless streak to 300 minutes.

DTotD: Spartak Moscow keeper gets his face broken by opponent’s knee

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Spartak Moscow goalkeeper Andrei Dykan suffered a concussion and fractures to his face and jaw during Saturday's match against Zenit St. Petersburg when Alexander Kerzhakov's knee caught him in the head. Dykan dove to save a shot from Kerzhakov, but the Zenit striker could stop before his knee connected with the keeper's face.

Ireland 2 - Russia 3

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Russia withstood a late onslaught from Ireland to claim a crucial 3-2 victory in their Euro 2012 qualifying Group B game at Lansdowne Road last night.

The visitors led through first-half goals from Alexander Kerzhakov and Alan Dzagoev, as well as a deflected strike from Roman Shirokov.

The Rest

Euro 2012: Greece-Russia, Poland-Czech Republic Game Thread

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Greece Lineup (4-3-3): Michail Sifakis; Jose Holebas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Vasilis Torosidis; Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis, Giannis Maniatis; Georgios Samaras, Theofanis Gekas, Dimitris Salpigidis.

Russia Lineup (4-3-3): Vyacheslav Malafeev; Yuri Zhirkov, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksei Berezutski, Alexander Anyukov; Igor Denisov, Roman Shirokov, Denis Glushakov ; Andrei Arshavin, Alexander Kerzhakov, Alan Dzagoev.

Russia impress in opening game

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A brace from 21 year-old starlet Alan Dzagoev helped Russia to an emphatic 4 – 1 win over the Czech Republic in their opening Group A match Wroclaw.

In an intriguingly open game, the Russians continued their excellent brand of free-flowing football that had caught the eye at EURO 2008 when they made the semi-finals, to sweep into a two-goal lead inside the first half-hour.

England And Poland Win Tuneups While Italy Loses Again

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England won for the second straight time under Roy Hodgson on Saturday, while European Championship co-host Poland and the Netherlands both enjoyed easy victories. The same could not be said for Italy, who lost for the third consecutive game as the Italian match fixing scandal continues to engulf the team's Euro preparations.

Eliminatórias - 2010 - Europa - Rússia 0x1 Alemanha

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Jogaram em Moscou, no estádio Luznikhi para um público de 72.100, pelas eliminatórias da Europa, as seleções da Rússia (12ª no ranking da FIFA) e Alemanha (5ª no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
01-07-1912 - Alemanha 16x0 Rússia (Jogos Olímpicos)
24-11-1956 - União Soviética 2x1 Alemanha Ocidental (Jogos Olímpics)
25-07-1966 - Alemanha Ocidental 2x1 União Soviética (Copa do Mundo)
18-06-1972 - Alemanha Ocidental 3x0 União Soviética (Eurocopa)
28-03-1984 - Alemanha Ocidental 2x1 União Soviética (Amistoso)
28-08-1985 - União Soviética 1x0 Alemanha Ocidental (Amistoso)
21-09-1988 - Alemanha Ocidental 1x0 União Soviética (Amistoso)
27-03-1991 - Alemanha 2x1 União Soviética (Amistoso)
12-06-1992 - União Soviética 1x1 Alemanha (Eurocopa)
07-09-1994 - Rússia 0x1 Alemanha (Amistoso)
16-06-1996 - Rússia 0x3 Alemanha (Eurocopa)
08-06-2005 - Alemanha 2x2 Rússia (Amistosos)
11-12-2008 - Alemanha 2x1 Rússia (Eliminatórias Copa do Mundo)

O quarteto de arbitragem, foi assim definido:
Árbitro: Massimo Bussacca-SUI
Primeiro Assistente: Matthias Arnet-SUI
Segundo Assistente: Francesco Buragina-SUI
Quarto Árbitro: Sascha KEVER-SUI

Aos 35 minutos, o camisa 11, Miroslav KLOSE, abriu o placar para a seleção da Alemanha.