Russia vs Iran. Five Things We Learned TodayBy: Ivan | February 9th, 2011
In Russia, no one really gets an idea of a friendly game
First, a creepy show-off in Voronezh and a disgraceful defeat to Belgium team, which has a dreadful flight from Moscow. Now, a lazy performance in front of the empty seats in Abu Dhabi. No experiments, no youngsters, no nothing.
Russian defence is still awful
Terrible backpass from Vasily Berezutskiy and poor defending from Alexander Anyukov, which led to the only goal in the game. Left back position was also a problem as Alexey Berezutskiy and Diniyar Bilylaetdinov were totally off the mark there.
New shirts are pretty
Brand new adidas red shirts are way prettier than the old, brick-coloured ones (or let’s call it what it is, a boiled beetroot-coloured). Dark stars on the chest are good too.
Alexander Kerzhakov has a nice tan
Russian ‘false nine’ hit the target only once, from the free kick, and shot 6 or 7 balls wide. But as his skin shows, Alexander definitely had some good time under the sun.
Pavel Mamaev is the only one who can benefit from that game
CSKA holding midfielder is clinging on every chance Dick Advocaat gave him. Best player in the team, although he had only 45 minutes.