- match commentary
- European World Cup Qualifiers
- 7 September 2012, 4:00pm
- Luzhniki Stadium
90 mins:FULL TIME: RUSSIA 2-0 NORTHERN IRELAND.
88 mins:Kerzhakov clips his free-kick inches wide with Carroll stranded to his spot.
86 mins:McAuley is booked for hacking Kerzhakov down.
85 mins:Russia bring on Denis Glushakov for the scorer of the opening goal, Faizulin.
84 mins:There's no way back for Northern Ireland now, it's simply a damage-limitation exercise for the last few minutes.
84 mins:Northern Ireland bring on Dean Shiels for Corry Evans.
82 mins:Lafferty holds the ball up well, but yet again there's not really any support for the tiring striker.
80 mins:The scoreline is about right on the balance of play although it seemed to be a soft penalty.
78 mins:RUSSIA 2-0 NORTHERN IRELAND. Russia double their lead as SHIROKOV sends Carroll the wrong way from the penalty spot.
77 mins:Cathcart is booked for barging into Kokorin. Penalty for Russia.
76 mins:Northern Ireland bring on Andrew Little for Jamie Ward who seems to have been out of his depth today.
76 mins:Kerzhakov lashes the free-kick past the stranded Carroll only to see the ball smash against the post and come back into play.
75 mins:Free-kick for Russia right on the edge of the penalty area after McAuley hauled Vladimir Bystrov back.
74 mins:It seemed a strange decision by Capello to take Dzagoev off 15 minutes ago as he'd been Russia's best player.
72 mins:Russia are starting to find more space when they go forward as the Northern Ireland players tire.
70 mins:Russia are a funny team. They appear to be in a dangerous attacking position but then opt to play the ball backwards and sideways, seemingly content to keep possession rather than go for a second goal.
69 mins:Northern Ireland are enjoying a good spell though, possibly one of their best of the match so far.
67 mins:Jonny Evans launches a long free-kick forward but Russia deal with it well.
65 mins:Lafferty is trying to run off his problem as Russia launch yet another attack.
64 mins:Alexander Anyukov is booked for taking too long over a throw-in.
63 mins:Lafferty has been superb for Northern Ireland although he seems to have picked up an injury.
61 mins:This game is not really a good advert for international football. A poor crowd and mediocre football do not a good combination make.
58 mins:Russia make a change, Alexander Kokorin coming on for Dzagoev.
58 mins:Northern Ireland just can't keep possession of the ball for any length of time. As soon as they win it back, they give it away again.
56 mins:Russia are starting to look dangerous again, a second goal could be imminent.
54 mins:Cathcart concedes a corner that Kombarov takes and from it Vassili Berezoutski flicks a header narrowly wide.
52 mins:Russia have finally settled down. They'd started the second period very sloppily.
50 mins:There's some confusion in the Russia penalty area until they eventually clear the danger. Much, much better play by Northern Ireland though.
48 mins:Northern Ireland start the second period brightly but it will be a major shock if they can get back on level terms here.
46 mins:We're underway again in Moscow. No changes by either side at the interval.
45 mins:HALF TIME: RUSSIA 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND.
43 mins:Chris Baird becomes the first player to go into the referee's notebook for clipping Dzagoev's heel from behind.
42 mins:A storming run forward by Roman Shirokov is finally ended by Craig Cathcart's well-timed tackle.
40 mins:Carroll races off his line to claim the ball as the impressive Dzagoev tries to latch on to the pass.
38 mins:Northern Ireland can't get out of their own half for the time being, they're really on the back foot now.
36 mins:Much of Russia'a play is very ponderous but they certainly stepped up the pace in the build-up to the goal.
34 mins:Good save by Carroll who denies Roman Shirokov with his right foot before Kerzhakov knocks the rebound over the bar.
32 mins:That was unfortunate for Northern Irelend who had appeared to have done well to keep Russia quiet in the first half-hour.
30 mins:RUSSIA 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND. Kerzhakov may not be a natural goalscorer but he does well to pull the back back for VIKTOR FAIZULIN to fire his shot past Carroll.
29 mins:Dmitriy Kombarov is seeing a lot of the ball but his cross from the left wing is meat and drink to Carroll.
27 mins:Roman Shirokov's low cross is easily cleared by McAuley. Russia's final ball has been poor so far.
25 mins:Russia keep possession well but much of their passing is sideways or backwards. Northern Ireland are comfortable for the time being.
22 mins:Dzagoev tries to launch a swift Russia attack but once again it breaks down. The home fans are starting to sound exasperated.
20 mins:Northern Ireland win the first corner of the match and from it Gareth McAuley at the back post heads Chris Brunt's flag-kick wide.
18 mins:Northern Ireland are hustling their more illustrious opponents well and Russia are struggling to break the visitors down.
16 mins:A long spell of Russia possession ends with Kerzhakov dragging a right-footed shot wide when he should really have hit the target.
15 mins:Lafferty is doing a lot of running around but he really does have a thankless task in his lone striking role.
14 mins:Better by Russia as Alan Dzagoev plays in Kerzhakov but the shot is easily gathered by Carroll.
12 mins:So far so good for O'Neill's side. Russia haven't created anything at all in the opening stages.
10 mins:Russia like to play short passes but aren't averse to suddenly launching it long which almost catches Northern Ireland out.
8 mins:Craig Cathcart and Carroll are almost involved in an embarrassing mix-up as they both momentarily leave the ball for each other but Northern Ireland survive.
6 mins:Steven Davis disrupts a Russia attack that had been instigated by Kerzhakov.
4 mins:Alexander Kerzhakov is caught offside as Russia loft a rare long ball forward.
2 mins:The match settles into what is likely to be a familiar pattern. Russia patiently play the ball about well while Northern Ireland get men behind the ball and try to frustrate their hosts.
1 mins:Northern Ireland get the match underway at the sparsely populated stadium.
Kyle Lafferty will play in a lone striking role for Northern Ireland while veteran shot-stopper Roy Carroll starts in goal.
Capello has named a side that only includes players that are currently starring in Russia.
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is without injured trio Paddy McCourt, Shane Ferguson and Martin Paterson for the game which is taking place in Moscow's Lokomotiv Stadium.
Northern Ireland embark on their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign with an extremely tough game against Russia, now coached by former England boss Fabio Capello.