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Russia stay in control after Ireland stalemate

Russia remained on course to qualify for the Euro 2012 finals despite being held 0-0 at home by Group B rivals Ireland on Tuesday

Reuters, Tuesday 6 Sep 2011
Russia vs Ireland
Glenn Whelan of Ireland challenges Konstantin Zyryanov of Russia during their Euro 2012 Group B qualifying soccer match (Photo: Reuters)
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The hosts enjoyed the bulk of possession but chances were few and far between as Russia stayed top of the standings with 17 points from eight matches—two ahead of the Irish.

Slovakia, who Russia face next month, can draw level on points at the top if they beat Armenia later on Tuesday.

Russia, who beat Ireland 3-2 in Dublin last October, wasted the best opportunity in the first half when his low drive from close range had Irish keeper Shay Given beaten but was cleared off the line by Richard Dunne.

Given rescued Ireland late in the game when he blocked a diving header by Konstantin Zyryanov with his feet.

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