Diskerud goal gives US 2-2 tie at Rus­sia

Mix Diskerud gave the US soc­cer team a thrilling end to 2012 No big bash for Afridi, Aj­mal and Umar: PCB

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KRASNODAR

Play­ing just his third game for the Amer­i­cans, the 22year-old mid­fielder scored his first in­ter­na­tional goal on a 20yard shot 2:50 into four min­utes of in­jury time, giv­ing the United States a 2-2 tie against Rus­sia on late Wed­nes­day in an ex­hi­bi­tion game at Krasnodar.

Michael Bradley, who scored in the 76th minute, sent a long ball into the penalty area to­ward Ter­rence Boyd. De­fender Sergei Ig­na­she­vich tied to clear the ball but his header went on one hop to Diskerud. His right-footed shot took a bounce and spin in off the left hand of goal­keeper Vladimir Gab­ulov.

''It was a long ball and I was hop­ing with all my heart that it would come back to me and it did,'' Diskerud said. ''I got a nice strike.''

Diskerud's whose mother is from Ari­zona and whose fa­ther is from Nor­way, was a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can un­der-23 team that failed to qual­ify for the Lon­don Olympics.

''We can com­pete with very good teams in the world,'' U.S. coach Jur­gen Klins­mann said. ''The way our team fought back twice af­ter be­ing down a goal was great. It showed a lot of per­son­al­ity. It showed a lot of char­ac­ter. This is a young team, and a team that is grow­ing.''Fe­dor Smolov, mak­ing his Rus­sian na­tional team de­but, gave the hosts the lead in the ninth minute fol­low­ing a give­away by Danny Wil­liams, who mishit the ball try­ing for a quick free kick in his own half.

Bradley tied it on a 19yard vol­ley, his 11th in­ter­na­tional goal. Mau­rice Edu passed to Juan Agudelo in the penalty area, and Agudelo headed the ball back to an open Bradley for a right-footed shot that clanked in off the post to Gab­ulov's right.

Ro­man Shi­rokov put Rus­sia back ahead 2-1 when he con­verted a penalty kick in the 84th minute af­ter a foul by Clarence Good­son, who pushed over Artem Dzyuba in front of goal­keeper Tim Howard fol­low­ing a free kick.

''I think we came in at half­time frus­trated with our­selves,'' Bradley said. '' We were too ca­sual from the start and good teams make you pay. Maybe we were a lit­tle lucky af­ter the first 15 min­utes that it was only 1-0.''

LAHORE

The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) has de­nied Umar Ak­mal, Saeed Aj­mal and Shahid Afridi per­mis­sion to play this sea­son's Big Bash League (BBL), the Aus­tralia Twenty20 league, to en­sure the trio's par­tic­i­pa­tion in their do­mes­tic Twenty20 tour­na­ment ahead of the tour of In­dia. Ak­mal had signed with Sydney Six­ers and Aj­mal with Ade­laide Strik­ers for the sea­son, while Afridi would have moved from Mel­bourne Rene­gades to Sydney Thun­der. The PCB had ear­lier is­sued the play­ers No Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cates to play in the BBL that be­gins on De­cem­ber 7. The PCB's na­tional T20 cham­pi­onship is set to be played be­tween De­cem­ber 2 and 10, and will be fol­lowed by a week- long con­di­tion­ing camp.

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