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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Puts Luxembourg to the Sword

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Russia easily beat Luxembourg 3-0 in their World Cup European Group 1 qualifier at Dynamo Stadium on Wednesday and headed for the winter break with a 100 percent record with 6 points after two games and no goals yet conceded.

Russian midfielder Valery Karpin had predicted before the game that there would be "10 pillars" standing in the Luxembourg penalty area.

In fact there were not quite 10, and there were no pillars, but the action was still pretty thick in the visitors’ goalmouth for most of the game.

The Russians, hungry for play after their previous match against Yugoslavia was postponed last week, were looking for an early goal to break the predicted all-out defensive tactics of the Luxembourg side, and that is exactly what they managed — if you consider a 19th-minute goal early.

Alexander Mostovoi, Russia’s set-piece specialist, delivered a free kick from the right that took a bounce before being met with a diving header from Maxim Buznikin that found the net.

Russia eased the pressure after scoring, and Luxembourg began to show some flashes of activity, with Daniel Huss up front managing to muster a few shots that were either well gathered by Russian goalie Ruslan Nigmatullin or traveled wide.

The second goal came early in the second half. Dmitry Khlestov, left totally unmarked in the Luxembourg penalty area, controlled a cross from Dmitry Khokhlov and made it 2-0, scoring his first goal for Russia in 24 games.

The Russians didn’t create many more chances until injury time, when again it was Khlestov who provided the telling cross, this time for Yegor Titov to elegantly head the ball home.