MOSCOW (AFP) – Skipper Alexandru Epureanu’s equaliser earned Moldova a precious 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifier draw against Russia in Moscow on Sunday.
Epureanu scored in the 74th minute to cancel out Artem Dzyuba’s opener allowing Moldova to chalk up their first qualifying point in Group G.
Russia, who drew 1-1 with Sweden on Friday, are on five points from three matches, two behind Austria, who beat Montenegro 1-0.
“We knew that Moldova would play defensive style football,” Russia’s manager Fabio Capello said.
“And they did that throughout the match keeping 10 of their players in defence.
“It was hard to penetrate through their barriers and we could have only scored from the spot. “Unfortunately we conceded a goal at once losing two points at our home ground.”
This was Russia’s first meeting with Moldova, the game staged at the newly-built 42,000-seat Otkrytie Arena, a venue for the 2018 World Cup.