This night Russia defeated Serbia 2-1 looking for the best character with the mind in the European Championship. In Burghausen, Germany, today rival was sensibly more powerful the one than Russia faced last Friday.
Zenit forward, Pavel Pogrebnyak, opened the score in the 12th minute. But Marko Pantelic drew 5 minutes before the halftime. Spartak Moscow’s Roman Pavlyuchenko in the 3th minute of the second half, gave Russia victory 2-1
Outstanding is Pogrebnyak performance that in 3 months has scored 7 goals at international level, including Zenit matches in the UEFA Cup and the last friendly games with Russian Team.
Due to an knee injury Pogrebnyak had to quit the field. Football lovers are praising for his appearance in the EURO 2008.
Russia: Akinfeev, Anyukov (V. Berezutski 46), Kolodin, Shirokov, Zhirkov (Yanbaev 80), Semak, Zyrianov, Semshov (Saenko 83), Bilyaletdinov (Torbinskiy 71), Sychev (Bystrov 67), Pogrebnyak (Pavlyuchenko 16).
Serbia: Dišljenković, Ninkov (Rukovina 71), Rajković, Vidić (Ivanović 46), Kolarov, N. Kovačević , Kačar (Kuzmanović 59), Milovanović (Ilić 76), Tošić, Despotovic (Jankovic 46), Pantelic (Žigić 46).
Also, Guus Hiddink confirmed the definitive squad for the EURO 2008. The coach excluded midfielders Samara’s Oleg Ivanov and Alexander Pavlenko of Spartak. The next test of Russia will be against Lithuania.
EURO 2008 Russia Squad:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeyev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Perm), Vyacheslav Malafeyev (Zenit St Petersburg).
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsy (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezursky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Denis Kolodin (Dynamo Moscow), Renat Yanbayev (Lokomotiv Moscow).
Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Dmitry Torbinsky (Lokomotiv Moscow), Vladimir Bystrov (Spartak Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow), Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St Petersburg), Igor Semshov (Dynamo Moscow), Sergei Semak (Kazan).
Forwards: Roman Adamov (FC Moscow), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Zenit St Petersburg), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg), Dmitry Sychev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Ivan Saenko (Nuremberg).