Russia got their World Cup warm-up programme underway with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in St. Petersburg on Monday.
A late header from substitute Aleksandr Kerzhakov was enough to earn Fabio Capello’s men a victory in the evening sunshine at the Petrovsky Stadium.
In what was a low-key affair, neither side created much in the way of clear-cut chances, but it was the home side who finished stronger.
And despite a stubborn defensive display from Slovakia, Kerzhakov was allowed time and space to nod in the winner with just eight minutes remaining.
So with 22 days to go until Russia’s opening Group H game against South Korea in Brazil, we take a look at six things that were learnt from Monday’s friendly.