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At the 2006-World Cup qualifiers The Russian soccer team ended the game against the Estonian team at a draw 1:1
Russian halfback Andrei Arshavin scored a goal on the 19th minute of the first half of the game, which was held in Tallinn. However, the Estonians brought the score to a draw on the 65th minute of the second half. After the 25-meter penalty shot Estonian forward Sergei Terekhov was the first to attack and to score a goal past Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev. The game worsened the chances for the Russian team to qualify for the 2006-World Cup. The main Russia's contenders in the World Cup qualifiers - Slovakia and Portugal, have the same amount of points following their Wednesday game, which ended at a draw (1:1) as well. Miroslav Karhan from Slovakia was the first to open the score in the game after his successful penalty shot. However, after the replacement in the second half Portuguese Helder Postiga squared the score. In another Wednesday game Latvian team creamed the Luxembourg team - 4:0. Therefore, the official scoreboard in the group 3 of the World Cup qualifiers is as follows: Portugal - 14 points (6 games), Slovakia - 14 points (6 games), Russia - 11 points (6 games), Latvia - 10 points (6 games), Estonia - 8 points (7 games), Liechtenstein - 4 points (6 games), Luxembourg - 0 points (7 games). Meanwhile, Russia's head coach Georgy Yartsev believes that despite the loss of points against the Estonian team, the Russian team continues its struggle for the participation in the 2006-World Cup. "The Russian team will continue to struggle. Today's game showed that the team is on the right course and has players capable of solving set tasks. However, they still have to correct some errors. I practically have no claims to players. Probably some of them a little bit tiered, but we cannot say that they didn't want to fight for the victory," Georgy Yartsev said. As for his future work with the Russian team, Georgy Yartsev said "I will continue to work with the team, until the Russian Football Union elects its new president, who settle the issue concerning the team's head coach. Personally, I'm not sure that I'll remain in the post of the head coach." Yartsev also pointed out the outstanding performance of the Estonian team, having added that the best players in the team play for the Russian football clubs, where they gain a good learning experience. Well known Yury Sevidov, who used to play for Spartak Moscow, wasn't surprised with the poor performance of the team against the Estonians. "I have been expecting this a long time ago. It's naive to expect the positive results when there is no game," he said. "It doesn't matter whether Yartsev will resign or he'll be dismissed. His victories were of pure luck, which now has left him. Therefore, the appointment of the new head coach for the Russian soccer team is inevitable," Yury Sevidov concluded.
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