By year : =1994=1995=1996=1997=
Drobnyak 39' 1:0 Popov 61' 1:1 Penalti shoot-out: Mihajlovic 0:1, Simutenkov 1:1, Savicevic 1:2, Tikhonov 2:2, Drobnjak 2:3, Alenichev 3:3, Curcic 3:3, Popov 4:4, Mirkovic 4:5, Bokov 5:5, Govedarica 5:5 (cross-bar), Kharlachev 6:5 Att: 30.000 . +15 C . Referee : Dallas (Scotland) Russia : Ovchinnikov, Chugajnov, Tsvejba, Khlestov (Bokov.72), Popov, Yanovskij, Veretennikov (Alenichev 46'), Kharlachev, Tikhonov, Kanischev (Kechinov 88'), Simutenkov Yugoslavia : Kocic, Mirkovic, Zivkovic, Stefanovic, Petrovic (gk Milojevic 90'), Govedarica, Mihajlovic, Savicevic, Drulovic, Drobnjak, Miloshevic (Curcic 71')
Simutenkov 23' 1:0 Simutenkov 25' 2:0 Thuler 80' 2:1 Att: 30.000 . +15 C . Referee : Dallas (Scotland) Russia : Cherchesov, Tsveiba, Bokov, Yanovski, Chugainov, Tsymbalar (Veretennikov, 85'), Popov, Kharlachev, Gerasimenko (Kanischev 75'), Simutenkov, Alenichev Switzerland : Hilfiker, Vogel, Wolf, Wicky, Rothenbuhler (Lombardo 46'), Cantaluppi, Yakin (Weiler 55'), Esposito, Thuler, Chassot, Kunz (de Napoli 46')
Tsvejba 4', Kharlachev 62' - Cantaluppi 15', Yakin 51', Lombardo 68'
Att.: 20.000 . Referee : Tredenlowski (Poland) Yugoslavia : Kralj, Mirkovic (Saveljic 82), Djorovic, Jokanovic, Govedarica, Mihajlovic, Jugovic, Mijatovic, Drobnjak (Milosevic 63), Savicevic (Curcic 73), Nadj (Drulovic 68) Russia : Ovchinnikov, Khlestov, Chugainov, Popov (Kharlachev 68), Tetradze, Karpin, Onopko, Kanchelskis (Alenichev 74), Beschastnykh (Tsveiba 46, Bokov 84), Kolyvanov, Simutenkov (Gerasimenko 86)
Govedarica 35', Milosevic 81' - Chugainov 18', Popov 60'
Gogic 31' 1:0 Simutenkov 32' 1:1 Att.: 4.000 . Referee : Ansuategui Roca (Spain) Cyprus : Petrides, Theodotou, Pittas, Andreou, Misos, Larkou, Papavassiliou, Malekkos (Melanarkitis, 86), Gogic (Okkas, 84), Ioannou (Engomitis, 77), Timotheu Russia : Cherchesov, Popov, Chugainov, Tsymbalar (Gerasimenko, 69), Tetradze, Karpin, Onopko, Kanchelskis, Mostovoi, Kolyvanov, Simutenkov
Malekkos 58', Theodotou 88'
Russian team attacked all the time, and Cypriots were calmly defending, waiting for the counterattack opportunity. To break Russian defence is not a difficult task, as last games have shown. And this time Cyprus scored with the help of our defence. Papavassiliou hit a corner from the left, and two Cypriots found themselves unmarked half a meter from the Russian goal. Cherchessov hesitated to go out and stayed by the near post, letting Gogic to score a header.
Simutenkov tied the score just in one minute, following a free-kick, but that was everything Russians managed to do. In dying seconds Mostovoi shot from three meters, wide.
Kechinov 20' 1:0 S.Grishin 58' 2:0 Simutenkov 60' 3:0 Att.: 10000. Referee: Rowbotham (Scotland). Russia : Ovchinnikov, Radimov (Zubko 65), Kovtun, Tetradze (Popov 25), Kosolapov, Chugainov, Onopko, Kechinov, Alenichev, Simutenkov, Beschastnykh (S.Grishin 46) Luxembourg : Koch, Vanek, Posing, Birsens, Weis, Strasser, Deville, Hellers, Cardoni (Lamborelle 70), Saibene (Amodio 87), Langers (Thill 65)
Kovtun 43' - Birsens 82'
Moscow, "Dinamo" stadium, June 8, 1997, WC-98 qualfication, Group 5
Russia - Israel 2:0 (2:0)
Radimov 8' 1:0 Kosolapov 38' 2:0 Att. 30000. Referee: Grabher (Austria) Russia : Ovchinnikov, Nikiforov, Tsveiba, Onopko, Kosolapov, S.Grishin (Esipov 90), Alenichev, Radimov, Yanovski, Beschastnykh (Tikhonov 61), Cheryshev (Kovtun 82) Israel : Cohen, Halfon, Amsalem, Hazan, Shelah, Bennado, Rosenthal (Harazi, 46), Revivo (Zohar, 58), Nimni, Ohana (Mizrahi, 73), Berkowitz
Beschastnykh 34', Tsveiba 70' - Berkowitz 31', Ohana 37', Hazan 59'
MOSCOW, June 8 (Reuter) Two impressive first-half goals gave Russia a comfortable 2-0 win over Israel in a Moscow downpour on Sunday, easing the hosts back to the top of World Cup European qualifying group five. "This is a good win for us, it sets us up for the final run-in," Russian coach Boris Ignatyev said afterwards, looking forward to home and away games against third-placed Bulgaria.
Failure to win against a side who held Russia to a 1-1 draw in Tel Aviv last year might have put Ignatyev's job on the line amid continuing niggles in the Russian camp following disastrous campaigns in Euro '96 and the 1994 World Cup finals. Shlomo Scharf, the Israeli coach, acknowledged that losing the game -- and first place in the group -- to Russia made his side's qualification for France problematic.
"We still have a chance," he said. "If we win in Bulgaria." Just eight minutes into the rain-delayed game, Zaragoza's Vladislav Radimov latched on to a through ball and stroked his shot coolly past Rafi Cohen in the Israeli goal.
Vladimir Beschastnykh thought he had made it two after 22 minutes, only to see the goal ruled out for an earlier foul. Haim Revivo had a chance of an equaliser denied by a fine diving save by Sergei Ovchinnikov. The Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper, shortly on his way to Benfica, read Revivo's free kick just right as it curled around the Russian wall. A perfectly weighted cross from fast-breaking Igor Yanovsky found Alexei Kosolapov diving spectacularly to head Russia's second in the 38th minute. The monsoon-style rain did no favours for the recently reseeded Dynamo Stadium pitch and the match became bogged down in a series of unforced errors in the second half.
"Our players are used to hot, dry weather," Scharf said after the game, on a surface that offered little chance for the Israelis' speed and agility against a solid Russian defence.
Russia lead Israel by one point and also have a game in hand.
Jokanovich 86' pen. 0:1 Att.: 10000. Referee: Russia : Cherchesov (Ovchinnikov, 46), Tsveiba, Nikiforov, Yanovskii, Kosolapov (Tikhonov, 46), Kanchelskis (Beschastnykh, 46), Onopko, Alenichev, Kolyvanov (Grishin, 62), Khlestov (Kovtun, 62), Cheryshev (Simutenkov, 46) Yugoslavia : Kral (Lekovic, 46), Mirkovic (Svetlicic, 74), Dzorovic, Jokanovic, Dzukica, Govedarica, Yugovic (Savelic, 46), Petrovic (Niegus, 81), Miloshevic, Brnovic (Iovicic, 77), Drulovic
Miloshevic, Govedarica, Dzukica, Nikiforov
Sofia, September 10, 1997. WC-98 qualfication, Group 5
Bulgaria - Russia 1:0 (0:0)
Ivanov 55' 1:0 Att.55000. Referee: Krondl (Czhech Republic) Bulgaria : Zdravkov, Kishishev, Ivanov, M.Petkov, Ginchev, Yankov, Kostadinov, (Iliev 73), Stoichkov (Iv.Petkov 85), Penev, Balakov, Lechkov Russia : Ovchinnikov, Kovtun, Nikiforov, Kosolapov (Khokhlov 46), Yanovskii, Tsveiba, Onopko, Kanchelskis, Alenichev, Kolyvanov, Simutenkov (Tcheryshev 76)
Nikiforov, Kosolapov, Yanovskii, Ginchev, Zdravkov, Kovtun
SOFIA (Sep 10, 1997 - 21:15 EDT) - Captain Trifon Ivanov sparked celebrations across Bulgaria on Wednesday with a second half goal that beat Russia and guaranteed his country a place in next year's World Cup finals.
Bulgaria, fourth-placed semifinalists in the 1994 World Cup, won 1-0 and have an unassailable four-point lead over Russia in European group five with one match to play between the two in Moscow next month.
They are the 10th team to qualify for France.
The Russians, who have 14 points and had not lost a match before Wednesday, are assured of second place and can still qualify through the playoffs between second-placed teams.
A column of cars with young people riding on roofs or hanging out of windows headed for Sofia's National Palace of Culture, where crowds celebrated in 1994 when Bulgaria went through to the World Cup semifinals.
City center streets were packed with supporters waving national flags, letting off fireworks, and chanting. Similar scenes were repeated in towns all round the country.
The Russians relied on pressure and counter-attacks in the first half, while the Bulgarians held firm.
Defender Ivanov, who plays in Austria for Vienna, scored the winning goal in the 55th minute after taking Hristo Stoichkov's cross from the left.
"I am happy that our generation of footballers is qualifying for the World Cup finals for a second time," he said as his team mates raised their arms in victory salutes.
Russia, who needed at least a draw in Sofia and victory in the return match at home next month, pushed forward after conceding the goal but created few clear openings.
Yuri Nikiforov's rasping free-kick flashed narrowly wide and the Russians were mostly restricted to other long-range efforts.
Bulgaria had chances to increase their lead in a bad-tempered encounter but were kept at bay by Russian goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov and some indifferent finishing.
Russian coach Boris Ignatyev insisted however that his team had not deserved to lose.
"We lost the fight in the midfield where (Krasimir) Balakov and (Yordan) Lechkov were the masters. I think the game was equal overall but in football, it's goals that count."
Bulgarian trainer Hristo Bonev said that even though his team's place in France was secured, the players would still put up a proper show in Moscow on October 11.
"Many people think that we will go to Russia as tourists. These guys have been building up the image of the team for many years and they won't let it be lost in one game," he said.
"We will leave for Moscow organised to the maximum and in the next nine months before the World Cup finals we will get ready calmly so that we can correct our mistakes and present Bulgarian football in France with dignity."
Bulgaria's win on the soccer field came as a welcome boost to national spirits in a country in deep economic depression and facing another tough winter.
The government introduced a strict monetary regime in July to control inflation and restore confidence in the currency.
"It was a tough game but Bulgaria qualified and that's the main thing," said one fan in the crowd.
Moscow, October 11, 1997. WC-98 qualfication, Group 5
Russia - Bulgaria 4:2 (2:0)
Alenichev 13' 1:0 Kolyvanov 40' pen. 2:0 Yuran 52' pen. 3:0 Alenichev 57' 4:0 Gruev 68' 4:1 Kostadinov 78' 4:2 At 75 minute Penev didn't score 11m penalty kick Att.21000. Referee: Pairetto (Italy) Russia : Ovchinnikov, Popov, Chugainov, Tsveiba, Yanovski, Tikhonov, Onopko, Alenichev (Kosolapov 82), Yuran (Veretennikov 67), Kolyvanov, Simutenkov (Radimov 46) Bulgaria : Zdravkov, Kishishev, Ivanov, Ginchev, Petkov, Yankov, Zafirov, Stoichkov (Kostadinov 54), Penev, Iliev (Gruev 67), Lechkov (Borimirov 54)
Moscow, October 29, 1997. WC-98 qualfication
Russia - Italy 1:1 (0:0)
Vieri 48' 0:1 Cannavaro 51' o.g. 1:1 Att.15000. Referee: Mikkelsen (Denmark) Russia : Ovchinnikov, Radimov, Chugainov, Kovtun, Yanovskii, Popov (Tikhonov 80), Alenichev, Onopko (Tsveiba 42), Kanchelskis (Khokhlov 46), Yuran, Kolyvanov Italy : Pagliuca (Buffon 32), Pessotto (Benarrivo 53), Nesta, Cannavaro, Costacurta, Maldini, Albertini, Dino Baggio, Di Matteo, Vieri, Ravanelli (Del Piero 59)
Napoli, November 15, 1997. WC-98 qualfication
Italy - Russia1:0 (0:0)
Casiraghi 53' 1:0 Att.80000. Referee: Muhmenthaler (Switzerland) Italy : Peruzzi, Ferrara, Maldini, D.Baggio, Cannavaro, Costacurta, Pessotto (Nesta 76'), Albertini, Casiraghi, Di Matteo, Ravanelli (Del Piero 76') Russia : Ovchinnikov, Radimov (Semak 66'), Nikiforov, Popov, Yanovskii (Simutenkov 59'), Kovtun, Onopko, Alenichev, Yuran (Beschastnykh 78'), Kolyvanov, Khokhlov
Kovtun, Casiraghi, Onopko, Alenichev, Nesta, Nikiforov