Norway vs. Russia: Score, Report and Post-Match Reaction

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMay 31, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25:  Oleg Shatov of Russia in action during the International Friendly match between Russia and Brazil at Stamford Bridge on March 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Anders Agnes Konradsen scored a second-half equaliser as Norway held Russia to a 1-1 draw in a pre-World Cup international friendly Saturday at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo.

Russia, coming off a narrow victory over Slovakia earlier in the week, took an early lead through Oleg Shatov following a scramble in Norway's box in the third minute.

The hosts drew level 13 minutes from time as Konradsen flicked in a glancing header from Morten Gamst Pederson's cross . It was Konradsen's first goal for Norway.

Saturday's friendly served as a World Cup tune-up for Russia, and manager Fabio Capello likely will be looking for improvement before his team departs for Brazil. The result extended Russia's unbeaten run to nine matches, per Soccerway, but the performance—without captain and midfielder Roman Shirokov—left room for improvement.

Making their first World Cup appearance since 2002, the Russians were drawn into Group H with Belgium, Algeria and South Korea.

Russia open their World Cup campaign against South Korea on June 17 before playing group favourites Belgium five days later. They will finish group play against Algeria on June 26.

First, however, Capello's team will play a final warm-up friendly, a send-off match against Morocco on June 6 in Moscow.

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