World Cup qualifier: Fabio Capello's Russia crush Luxembourg 4-1 in Group F
Last Updated: September 6, 2013 7:05pm
Aleksandr Kokorin: Scored for Russia
Alexander Kokorin struck twice as Fabio Capello's Russia crushed Luxembourg 4-1 in Kazan to get back to winning ways in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
After their shock loss to Northern Ireland, the Russians needed to win to keep the pressure on Portugal in the battle for top spot in Group F.
They wasted little time as Kokorin struck inside 20 seconds and doubled his tally 10 minutes before the break. Alexander Kerzhakov and Alexander Samedov joined him on the scoresheet while Aurelien Joachim grabbed a Luxembourg consolation.
Russia had initially been frustrated by the weather as a heavy downpour forced officials to delay kick-off by an hour at the Central Stadium.
But once under way Kokorin struck, deftly clipping the ball over Jonathan Joubert from the impressive Kerzhakov's nod down.
Kokorin might have had a second soon after but drilled wide from a Kerzhakov pass after a swift counter-attack.
Kerzhakov himself went close when Stefano Bensi cleared an effort off the line but Kokorin eventually doubled the lead when he headed in from a Dmitry Kombarov free-kick.
Kokorin wanted a hat-trick before half-time but curled a speculative effort well over.
Sergey Ignashevich fired narrowly from the edge of the area but Kerzhakov got the goal his performance deserved just before the hour when he flicked in from a corner.
Kerzhakov looked for a second from a free-kick but failed to extend goalkeeper Joubert.
Luxembourg struck in the final minute when some poor defending allowed captain Joachim in but Russia finished strongly with Samedov wrapping up the scoring in injury time.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 6th Sep - Group F
Russia4 - 1Luxembourg
N Ireland2 - 4Portugal
Fri 6th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan2 - 1Faroe Islands
Rep Ireland1 - 2Sweden
Germany3 - 0Austria
Fri 6th Sep - Group B
Czech Rep1 - 2Armenia
Malta1 - 2Denmark
Italy1 - 0Bulgaria
Fri 6th Sep - Group A
Macedonia2 - 1Wales
Serbia1 - 1Croatia
Scotland0 - 2Belgium
Fri 6th Sep - Group E
Norway2 - 0Cyprus
Slovenia1 - 0Albania
Switzerland4 - 4Iceland
Fri 6th Sep - Group H
Ukraine9 - 0San Marino
Poland1 - 1Montenegro
England4 - 0Moldova
Fri 6th Sep - Group D
Turkey5 - 0Andorra
Romania3 - 0Hungary
Estonia2 - 2Netherlands
Fri 6th Sep - Group G
Latvia2 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia0 - 1Slovakia
Liechtenstein0 - 1Greece
Fri 6th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 0France
Finland0 - 2Spain
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I