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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kerzhakov Double Sinks Estonia

APArshavin keeping Estonia's Dmitri Kruglov at arm's length during their Euro 2008 qualifier in Tallinn on Saturday.
TALLINN, Estonia -- Sevilla striker Alexander Kerzhakov scored two second-half goals to give Russia a 2-0 away win over Estonia that kept it firmly in second place in Euro 2008 qualifying Group E on Saturday.

Playmaker Andrei Arshavin set up both goals for Kerzhakov, who beat goalkeeper Mart Poom with a dipping shot in the 66th minute and netted a left wing cross in the 78th.

Russia has 11 points from five games, two points less than leader Croatia, which beat Macedonia 2-1 later on Saturday and three more than England and Israel, who drew 0-0 in Tel Aviv.

The home team was fired up for the match, for historical reasons as well as trying to avenge a 2-0 defeat earlier in the campaign, and midfielders Sergei Terehhov and Ragnar Klavan were close to scoring early on.

But from the middle of the first half the home team's attacks dwindled and it was unable to hold back Arshavin, who cut through Estonia's defense at will.

The victory was Russia's third over Estonia since the Baltic nation regained its independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Estonia has managed to beat Russia only once, in a friendly in Tallinn in 2002.

The match was played against a backdrop of a recent rise in political tensions. Estonia and Russia have been arguing over Estonia's plan to remove a Soviet-era World War II monument from the center of Tallinn, and extra police were drafted in to discourage any trouble between the two sets of fans.