Historic win for Kazakhs
Finonchenko edges out Faroes
Last Updated: 06/09/13 6:57pm
Frodi Benjaminsen: On target for the Faroe Islands
Kazakhstan claimed their first win in World Cup qualifying on Friday, edging out the Faroe Islands 2-1 in a battle between the bottom two teams in Group C.
Although both sides are out of the running for a place in Brazil next summer, it was still a competitive contest in which Frodi Benjaminsen fired the visitors in front in Astana before Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev and Andrey Finonchenko turned things around.
Faroese goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen was kept busy in the early stages, producing two excellent saves to deny Zhumaskaliyev and Sergey Khizhnichenko.
And it was something of a surprise when the hosts fell behind after 23 minutes as Benjaminsen turned in Christian Holst's lay-off with his left foot.
However, Kazakhstan's persistence paid off five minutes into the second half when Zhumaskaliyev scored from the spot after Jonas Tor Naes' illegal challenge on Finonchenko in the area.
The home side then scored the decisive goal after 63 minutes, with Finonchenko putting the finish touch to Khizhnichenko's precision pass.
Defeat leaves the Nordic minnows without a point in the standings, while Kazakhstan are now four points better off.
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 - 2Holland
Fri 6th Sep - Group G
Latvia2 - 1Lithuania
Bos & Herz0 - 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
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I