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Russia stroll through Euro warm-up (SN)

SoccerNews in European Championships 23 May 2008

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Russia thrashed Kazakhstan 6-0 in a Euro 2008 warm-up at Lokomotiv's 32,000-seater ground here on Friday.

Zenit St Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who shared the UEFA Cup scorers contest with Bayern Munich marksman Luca Toni on 10 goals, opened the rout.

His opener was followed by strikes from Vladimir Bystrov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Dmitry Torbinsky and Dmitry Sychev.

The Kazakhs, after some tight defending, were unable to prevent Pogrebnyak's opening goal from the spot in the 26th minute after Kazakhstan's full back Kairat Nurdauletov handled the ball in his box.

After missing a string of chances Bystrov made it 2-0 firing under the crossbar from eight metres from Pogrebnyak's left-handed cross just before the break.

After the interval Russia continued to make Kazakhstan goalkeeper David Loria the most overworked player on the pitch.

Zyryanov added his goal 14 minutes after the restart firing into the left post with an 11-metre unopposed shot following a mix-up in thr Kazakh defence.

After that Lokomotiv Moscow trio: midfielders Bilyaletdinov and Torbinsky and striker Sychev in injury time contributed to the goal tally.

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