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Petrovski Stadium (ATT 21,000) 10th September 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: M Graefe

Russia Russia vs Israel Israel

Russia 3

V Berezutski (49)
A Kokorin (52)
D Glushakov (74)

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Israel 1

E Zahavi (90+3)

World Cup qualifier: Russia beat Israel 3-1 in St Petersburg

Last Updated: 10/09/13 6:33pm

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Denis Glushakov: On the mark for Russia

Denis Glushakov: On the mark for Russia

Fabio Capello's Russia took a big step towards securing their place at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil after a strong second half show saw off Israel in their Group F clash in St Petersburg.

Goals from Vasili Berezutski, Alexander Kokorin and Denis Glushakov gave the hosts a 3-1 win and restored their single-point lead at the top of the group over key rivals Portugal.

Capello's men now need to take maximum points from their last two games away to group minnows Luxembourg and Azerbaijan next month in order to seal automatic qualification.

The hosts had looked nervous in a tight first period in which solid Israeli defending looked to keep alive their own slim hopes of muscling in on a top two place.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Roman Shirokov came close twice in the early stages on his home ground, but there was frustration among his team-mates as the first half ended goalless.

Russian pressure finally eased five minutes into the second half when lanky defender Berezutski rose highest to head home a Shirokov cross and net the opener.

And Russia had doubled their lead within two minutes after Kokorin steered a right-foot shot into the top corner after being set up by Alexander Samedov.

Russia secured victory in the 74th minute with a third goal but only after Israeli keeper Dudu Aouate had denied Shirokov from the spot.

Awarded a penalty after Eran Zehavi handled Alan Dzagoev's flick in the box, Shirokov saw his shot superbly tipped onto the post by Aouate - only for Glushakov to react fastest and steer the rebound home.

Israel grabbed a consolation for the visitors in injury time when a cross from Ofir Davidadze struck the shoulder of Eran Zehavi and deflected past Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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