In their first of three friendly matches, Russia dismantled a weak Kazakhstan squad 6-0 in Moscow on Friday. Kazakhstan held the Russians scoreless through the first 25 minutes of play until forward Pavel Pogrebnyak converted a penalty in the 26th minute. Pogrebnyak scored 10 goals during Zenit Saint Petersburg’s 2007-2008 UEFA Cup title run. Prior to half, midfielder Vladimir Bystrov extended the lead to 2-0. The right winger is renowned in Europe for his pace down the right-hand side. He plays for Spartak Moscow.
In the second half, midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov, another product of Zenit Saint Petersburg pushed the score to 3-0 at the hour mark. You may recall that Zyryanov scored the second goal in the recent UEFA Cup final against Rangers FC. The score remained 3-0 until the final five minutes when Diniyar Bilyalitdinov, Dmitry Torbinsky and Dmitry Sychev added three more to the score sheet. All three play for FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
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