Russia (1) 3
were 1-0 up at half time courtesy of an
excellent finish by Semshov after being
put through by Arshavin on 36 minutes. Wales
started the brighter of the two teams in
the second half and deservedly levelled
when on 54 minutes James Collins flicked
in Craig Bellamy corner at the near post.
David Edwards had a glorious chance
mid way through the second half to give
Wales lead, but Russian keeper Akinfeev
saved well. Against the run of play Russia
took the lead on 71 minutes when Ignashevich
miss hit free kick on the edge of the box
somehow found the bottom corner.
Wales pressed for an equaliser late on,
substitute Pavlyuchenko earned Russia the
three points with an excellent left foot
11,589. Match Referee:
Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa (Portugal).