SUNDERLAND, Northern England. July 20th: The World Cup - and Russia gained a narrow two-one?
SUNDERLAND, Northern England. July 20th: The World Cup - and Russia gained a narrow two-one victory last night over Chile at Sunderland. The Russians finished on top of the Group Four teams, undefeated with a maximum of six points. Their victory did a good turn for North Korea, who have joined them in the quarter finals as runners up with three points.
Chile - attacking in the white shirts -were faced with the formidable task of having to beat Russia to survive and go through to the quarter finals. But they kept the Russians hard at it, and Yaver's downfield run and near-miss in the fifteenth minute was typical of the first half's play...
Russia's first goal came in the twenty-ninth minute after some brilliant passing by the forwards. Serebriannikov to Markarov - then back to Serebriannikov with Figuroa vainly marking him for Chile. Voronin to Porkujan, who scores through the melce to dampen Chile's hopes of winning the match outright...
Chile struck back immediately - and with this free kick by Sanchez, Valentini tried to deflect it into goal.
But it was Marcos whose touch sent the ball past Kavashili into the net - the first score against Russia in the series. Half time saw the score still one all...
Both teams came out determined to score. First, Russia's Porkujar tried from nearly twenty-five yards out. Cruz fell attempting to save, but goalkeeper Olivares rescued Chile from an early score against them. Then Chile went on the attack.
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Good passing by Parieto and Marcos looked all set to pierce Russia's defences again. But with Gatmanev closely marking him Sanchez missed a shot at goal by a matter of inches...
It was a close match all the way, but Russia's second and winning goal came five minutes from time. Porkujan ran scarcely challenged down the field and Chile had no time to recover.