Vassili Berezutsky and Yuri Zhirkov scored the goals as Russia wrapped up preparations for the FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Morocco in Moscow on Friday.
Russia played again without injured midfielder and captain Roman Shirokov, and manager Fabio Capello confirmed after the match that the midfielder will miss the World Cup with an Achilles injury. But Capello and Russia will be pleased with the comfortable nature of the win following last weekend's disappointing 1-1 draw with Norway.
With Shirokov unavailable, however, Russia's hopes could be diminished, as noted by @arturpetrosyan and others.
Roman Shirokov is a major doubt and concern for Russia. He can play but risk aggravating his Achilles injury. Big blow if he misses out.— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) June 5, 2014
Confirmed: Roman Shirokov out of the World Cup, replaced by Pavel Mogilevets. Huge blow for Russia.— Football Russia Live (@FootRussiaLive) June 6, 2014
Shirokov became the leader of the Russian team through qualification and will be missed terribly by them in Brazil. His last chance too.— John Bradley (@JBcommentator) June 6, 2014
The hosts took the lead through Berezutsky, who finished at the second attempt following a corner. Aleksandar Kokorin came close to a second just before half-time, but his shot was saved by Morocco goalkeeper Karim Fegrouche.
Russia's second goal came in spectacular style in the 58th minute, Zhirkov volleying in from the edge of the box.
The match served as Russia's final warm-up friendly ahead of the World Cup, which begins next week in Brazil. Capello's team was drawn into Group H, with Algeria, Belgium and South Korea.
Looking to make the knock-out stages for the first time (since the dissolution of the Soviet Union), Russia will begin their campaign on June 17, against South Korea, before facing matches against Belgium (June 22) and Algeria (June 26).
Morocco did not qualify for the World Cup.
Capello: "I'm very confident in the collective I've put together. Shirokov is very important, but I'm a half-glass full type of person."— RussianFootballNews (@RusFootballNews) June 6, 2014
On potential starting lineup: "I don't like to talk about the lineup. We prepared very well as a squad, I like the condition we're in."— RussianFootballNews (@RusFootballNews) June 6, 2014
Capello on preparing for Brazil: "We should thank Moscow for the hot weather the past two weeks."— RussianFootballNews (@RusFootballNews) June 6, 2014