09 September 2019 22:19
Denis Cheryshev hit a brace as Russia beat Kazakhstan 4-0 to secure their first victory of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. Cheryshev opened the scoring in the 19th minute before doubling his tally just before half-time. Artem Dyzuba made it 3-0 to Russia in the second half as the visitors took full control of proceedings. Denis Cheryshev celebrates after finding the net for Russia against Kazakhstan Cheryshev celebrates Russia's second goal with team-mate Artem Dyzuba Cheryshev hit a brace as Russia secured their first victory of their qualification campaign There was further misery to come for Kazakhstan, with an own goal from Abzal Beysebekov adding to Russia's lead. Russia were hugely dominant as they restricted Kazakhstan to just two shots on target.
Kazakhstan were playing their first game since their shock 3-0 victory against Scotland. Dyzuba scored Russia's third goal as his side bounced back from their defeat to Russia Cheryshev finds himself put under pressure by Kazakhstan's Yeldos Akhmetov Russia's Fedor Kudryashov battles for possession with Kazakhstan's Yuriy Pertsukh MATCH FACTS Kazakhstan: Nepogodov; Beysebekov, Akhmetov, Maliy, Logvinenko (Vorogovskiy 29), Suyumbayev; Pertsukh (Zhukov 85), Kuat, Merkel; Murtazayev (Turysbek 59), Zainutdinov Subs not used: Shchetkin, Fedin, Shatskiy, Alip, Shomko, Seidakhmet, Pokatilov, Muzhikov, Omirtayev Booked: Akhmetov, Suyumbayev, Kuat, Zainutdinov Russia: Guilherme; Fernandes, Semenov, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov; Ozdoev, Gazinskiy; Ionov (Ignatyev 61), Akhmetov (Aleksey Miranchuk 72), Cheryshev; Dyzuba (Chalov 82) Subs not used: Shchennikov, Barinov, Smolov, Shunin, Belyaev, Anton Miranchuk, Nababkin, Zhirkov, Lunin Goals: Cheryshev 19, 45, Dyzuba 52, Beysebekov (o.g.) 62 Russia, meanwhile, were delighted as they managed to bounce back from the defeat that they suffered against Belgium in their opening qualifier. Elsewhere in the group Scotland face San Marino away later on Saturday. Hungary qualified for Euro 2016, 30 years after playing at their last major tournament at the 1986 World Cup World Cup finalists Croatia suffered a shock Euro 2020 qualifying defeat in Hungary - ranked 52nd in the world - to give a boost to Wales in Group E. Fourth-ranked Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary all have three points, as do Wales, who have played one game fewer.
Daniel James' early goal in Cardiff allowed Ryan Giggs' side to edge past Slovakia 1-0 earlier on Sunday. Ante Rebic opened the scoring for Croatia, but Hungary hit back through Adam Szalai and Mate Patkai. Croatia were forced to dig deep as they came from behind to beat unfancied Azerbaijan 2-1 at home in their opening Euro 2020 Group E qualifier after forward Andrej Kramaric scored a 79th winner on Thursday. In the group's other fixture, Slovakia eased to a 2-0 home win against Hungary thanks to midfielder Ondrej Duda's first-half opener and Albert Rusnak's 85th-minute goal in Trnava. The Croatians dominated from the start at Maksimir stadium but the Azeris stunned the vocal home crowd when forward Ramil Sheydaev gave them a 19th-minute lead with a superb goal. Sheydaev, who came close to scoring two minutes earlier, beat central defender Duje Caleta-Car with some neat footwork before drilling the ball past keeper Lovre Kalinic. Croatia piled on the pressure and captain Luka Modric glanced a header just wide from a cross by Borna Barisic shortly before the left back levelled with his first international goal. Caleta-Car saw his header from a corner cleared off the line by Dmitri Nazarov but Barisic was well placed to scramble home the equaliser from close range in the 44th. It looked set to be a frustrating night for Croatia as Azeri keeper Salahat Agayev made a string of fine saves in the second half to deny Modric, Bruno Petkovic and Josip Brekalo. Agayev also dealt with a flurry of crosses from either flank as the packed visiting defence came under relentless pressure but he could do nothing about Kramaric's sumptuous strike. A ricochet off a defender fell kindly for the striker, who side-stepped his marker before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner from 15 metres to delight the home fans. On Sunday, Wales open their Group E campaign at home to Slovakia while Croatia visit Hungary. CROATIA travel to Budapest to take on Hungary, looking for an easier fixture in the Euro 2020 qualifier. Zlatko Dalic's men had to fight back from a goal down to beat Azerbaijan in their opener - and now take a Magyars outfit who suffered defeat at the hands of Slovakia. Reuters 1 Croatia came from behind to beat Azerbaijan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier What time does Hungary vs Croatia kick off? This Euro 2020 qualifier will take place on Sunday, March 24. It will kick off at 5pm UK time - that's 6pm in Hungary. What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it? This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Red Button. The channel is only available to Sky Sports TV customers - and cannot be live streamed. Wales get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign underway on Sunday against Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium. Ryan Giggs' side, buoyed by their 1-0 friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago earlier in the week, will be determined to start strongly with Slovakia and Croatia already boasting a win apiece qualifying Group E. Later in the day Scotland will look to make amends for their humiliation in Kazakhstan as they face minnows San Marino in their second game. If you are unable to follow the live commentary on the mobile app, please click here.