Rus­sia draws 1-1 with Iran

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

Moscow — Rus­sia sal­vaged a 1-1 draw in the 2018 World Cup host’s friendly against Iran on Tues­day.

The game was played at a pedes­trian pace be­fore Sar­dar Az­moun’s 57th-minute open­ing goal for Iran, scored on a quick coun­ter­at­tack off a pass by Me­hdi Taremi.

In re­sponse, the Rus­sians took more risks and were re­warded in the 74th minute when Alexan­der Same­dov found space down the right to cross for his fel­low sub­sti­tute Dmitry Poloz, who was left with a tap-in.

After a group-stage exit at the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup, Rus­sia coach Stanislav Cherch­esov has ex­per­i­mented with his team in three re­cent friendlies, with mixed re­sults. – AP

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