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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Russia toast with black stuff!

RUSSIA's players fly out to Macedonia from their temporary Dublin base tomorrow with a traditional takeout from a Dublin off-licence as they plan even more celebrations.

Dick Advocaat's side got their stumbling Euro 2012 bid back on track with their 3-2 win over Giovanni Trapattoni's side.

"Alexander Kerzhakov (10 minutes), Alan Dzagoev (28) and Roman Shirokov (50) were the goal-scoring heroes, and they plan to toast their success in a very Irish way.

"I think we have to bring some Guinness with us when we leave, and we will drink it after the Macedonia game on Tuesday," said Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, a surprise omission from the starting XI by Advocaat.



Nervous

"We had brilliant support in the stadium last night, our fans were superb," added Pogrebnyak, who did come on for the last 10 minutes and almost scored a fourth goal but completely missed the target when he had an open net in front of him.

Defender Alexander Aniukov was a key man for the Russians as he set up two of their three goals and he believed that the away side deserved their win.

"We controlled the match for the first 70 minutes, then Ireland got their penalty and we had a nervous finish, but we were the better side and it's only fair that we won," Aniukov said.

The Zenit St Petersburg man spent most of the game in a battle of wits with Aiden McGeady and he came away impressed with Ireland's export to Moscow.

"I think McGeady showed his class last night, he's a class player and Spartak did a very good deal when they signed him," he added.

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