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Oct 12, 2014 at 5pm UK
Russia
1-1
Moldova
Dzyuba (73' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-0)
Epureanu (74')
Erhan (33'), Golovatenco (72'), Sidorenco (92')

Half-Time Report: Russia unable to break down resolute Moldova

Moldo hold Russia to a goalless first half in their Euro 2016 Group G qualification match at the Otkrytie Arena.

Russia have been unable to break down a stubborn Moldova side in a goalless first half at the Otkrytie Arena this evening.

Denis Cheryshev came close to giving the hosts an early breakthrough in the Euro 2016 qualification match, but his well-struck left-foot drive ended narrowly wide of the target.

Russia's forward Aleksandr Kerzhakov fights for the ball with Moldova's midfielder Artur Ionita during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Russia and Moldova in Moscow on October 12, 2014© Getty Images

Russia upped the pressure as the first half advanced, winning a succession of corners which they failed to make the most of with their opponents remaining solid.

Igor Akinfeev had to be alert to keep hold of Igor Armas's curling shot on the 30-minute mark, while Denis Glushakov saw his effort well handled by Ilie Cebanu shortly after.

The side ranked 105th in the world managed to hold on until the break, though, to set up a potential upset in Group G.

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