Russia beat Slovakia to top Group B

Russia enjoyed an easy 1-0 win over Slovakia in Zilina this evening.

The Russians now look guaranteed for top place in Group B. Ireland will play Armenia for a play-off place on Tuesday night knowing a draw will suffice.

Slovakia 0-1 Russia, 7:15pm,Zilina
71min (R) A. Dzagoev

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90min Two minutes of injury time announced, Ireland will play Armenia for a play-off place.
88min Its been a very comfortable for Russia tonight, Slovakia only put on any pressure in the last ten minutes of the first half.
86min Slovakia make some substitutions.
85min Slovakia are trying but Russia are well on top.
82min Aidan McGeady makes it 2-0 to Ireland.
82min The game is really slow at the moment, the Slovakian players look very deflated.
80min Its all Russia, Slovakia have not scored more than one goal in any qualifier to date.
77min Russia are looking for another goal to finish off the match.
75min Roman Pavlyuchenko nearly makes it 2-0, but its well saved.
74min This looks like the end of Slovakia hopes of a play-off.
72min This maybe the best result for Ireland who can now play for 2nd on Tuesday.
71min Russia take the lead from a deflection.
70min Republic goes one up through Kevin Doyle.
68min Roman Shirokov has another chance, but its deflected out for a corner.
66min The best opportunity falls to Roman Shirokov, who kicks the ball wide of an open goal.
64min Russia playing a lot more defensive in the last six or seven minutes.
62min Ireland just about to kick off, they really want one of the teams t win this match.
59min Neither team looks to be going for the win yet.
57min Its taken short and Stoch is caught offside.
56min Dangerous free kick for Slovakia.
54min Its a carbon copy of the 1st half with Russia having all the early possession.
53min Stoch gets a yellow card for diving just outside the box.
51min Andrey Arshavin as a shot on goal, its well saved and once again goes out for a corner that is easily cleared.
50min Free from Russia on the right hand side is well cleared by Slovakia.
48min The corner is easily cleared.
48min Filip Hološko has a shot on the Russian goal, its well saved and out behind for a corner.
46min It was a very open first half, no doubt Slovakia will be doing a lot of pushing the second half.
Half time
45min Alan Dzagoev has a shot on goal for Russia, but it goes well wide.
44min Good spell from Slovakia will have the manager a little happier going into the half time break
43min Another corner for Slovakia, that is the ninth of the match.
42min Dangerous free for Slovakia leads to a corner.
41min Another chance for Slovakia, they have came into the match for the last five minutes.
39min Slovakia are committing a lot of players to every attack, it could be a very dangerous strategy.
37min Fantastic chance for Miroslav Stoch, he really should of scored.
35min Slovakian player down injured and play is being held up.
32min Russia have all the possession.
30min More attacks from Russia, it looks only a matter of time before they take the lead.
27min Break away for Slovakia, but the shot is hit well wide.
24min Another great chance for Russia this time Andrey Arshavin shot is well saved.
23min Lots of fire works going off near the Russian supporters, there is a great atmosphere
21min Roman Shirokov has the best chance of the night but the Slovakian keeper put it out for a corner.
19min Not much happening for the last three or four minutes.
16min Igor Denisov wins Russia’s second corner.
14min Some good play by Russia leads to a poor shot on goal that is easily saved.
12min In what is a very open game Roman Pavlyuchenko has a shot on goal but it goes wide.
11min Nearly the first goal of the game was scored by Juraj Kucka but the Russian keeper palms it away for a corner.
9min Russia win the first corner of the match.
9min Roman Pavlyuchenko has a shot on goal but Ján Mucha in the Slovakian goal makes a decent save.
8min Its really been all Russia, who are spreading the ball around with ease
8min Roman Pavlyuchenko is caught off side.
6min First break by Miroslav Stoch is well defended by the Russians.
5min Poor cross from Yuri Zhirkov is easy cleared by Slovakia.
4min Dangerous tackle on Aleksandr Anyukov holds up play.
2min Early attack by Slovakia is easy cleared by the Russian defence.
1min Slovakia kick off the match.
0min The anthems are being played in front of a packed Štadión pod Dubňom,Zilina
0min Armenia have gone top of the group with an easy 4-1 win over Macedonia. Check below for updated group table
0min This match could be more important to Ireland than the two matches they are playing over the next five days.

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1 Ján Mucha (GK) 1 Vyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
2 Peter Pekarík 2 Aleksandr Anyukov
3 Martin Škrtel 3 Vasili Berezutski
4 Ján Ďurica 4 Sergei Ignashevich
6 Miroslav Karhan 5 Yuri Zhirkov
9 Miroslav Stoch 6 Roman Shirokov
13 Filip Hološko 7 Igor Denisov
15 Tomáš Hubočan 8 Konstantin Zyryanov
17 Marek Hamšík (C) 9 Roman Pavlyuchenko
18 Erik Jendrišek 10 Andrey Arshavin (C)
19 Juraj Kucka 11 Alan Dzagoev


12 Dušan Perniš (GK) 12 Anton Shunin (GK)
7 Vladimír Weiss 14 Pavel Pogrebnyak
8 Róbert Jež 15 Igor Semshov
16 Kornel Saláta 16 Aleksandr Samedov
20 Radoslav Zabavník 17 Aleksei Berezutski
21 Karim Guédé 18 Denis Glushakov
22 Filip Šebo 19 Roman Shishkin

Group B

Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
2 Armenia Armenia 9 5 2 2 21 8 13 17
1 Russia Russia 9 5 2 1 11 4 6 20
3 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 8 4 3 1 11 6 5 15
4 Slovakia Slovakia 8 4 2 2 6 8 -2 14
5 FYROM FYROM 9 2 1 6 7 13 -6 7
6 Andorra Andorra 8 0 0 8 1 17 -16 0


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