Sep 8, 2014 at 5pm UK
Russia
4-0
LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
Buchel (4' og.), Burgmeier (50' og.), Kombarov (54' pen.), Dzyuba (65')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Wieser (19'), Frick (27')

Result: Russia put four past Liechtenstein in opening Euro 2016 qualifier

Result: Russia cruise past Liechtenstein
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Russia make a winning start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in Khimki.

Russia comprehensively beat Liechtenstein 4-0 in this evening's Group G opener in Euro 2016 qualifying.

The hosts took the lead inside five minutes in Khimki when Sergei Ignashevich's free kick, which was heading wide, diverted off Martin Buchel and wrongfooted Liechtenstein keeper Peter Jehle.

They should have had more before the break but squandered a host of chances, with Aleksandr Kokorin and Alexander Samedov guilty of wasting good openings.

Liechtenstein almost found an unlikely equaliser on the quarter-hour mark when Sandro Wieser's long-range free kick grazed the left-hand post.

Russia, who were European semi-finalists in 2008, doubled their lead courtesy of another own goal five minutes after the interval.

Alan Dzagoev ran clear on goal and even though his shot was saved by Jehle, the ball bobbled up and was inadvertently turned home by Mario Frick.

Soon after it was three when Frick upended substitute Artem Dzyuba in the box, with Dmitir Kombarov making no mistake from 12 yards.

Dzyuba then got himself on the scoresheet and it was a first international goal for the Spartak Moscow man as he slotted home Kokorin's cutback.

The other four teams in Group G meet later tonight, with Sweden travelling to Austria and Montenegro hosting Moldova.

Russia's head coach Fabio Capello speaks to his players during his teams friendly international football match against Serbia in Dubai's Al Wasl stadium on November 15, 2013
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