Hiddink signs off with draw in Hungary

Updated: Mar 04, 2010, 09:16 AM IST

Budapest: Guus Hiddink marked his final game as coach of Russia with a 1-1 draw against Hungary in a friendly.

The 63-year-old Dutchman, who led Russia to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 during his four years in charge, will leave when his contract expires on June 30 and take charge of Turkey in August.

"I`m really glad and happy that my last game in charge as Russia coach was against a friend of mine and a fellow Dutchman (Erwin Koeman)," Hiddink told reporters.

Koeman`s Hungary took the lead in the 39th minute against the run of play.

Russia defended a corner poorly and left back Vilmos Vanczak squeezed a shot through the hands of keeper Igor Akinfeyev to grab his first international goal on his 45th appearance.

Russia equalised in the 59th minute when a corner from substitute Andrei Arshavin bounced into the net off Diniyar Bilyaletdinov`s knee.

The hosts pushed for a winner in the last 10 minutes but Adam Szalai`s powerful header and Laszlo Bognar`s effort were well saved by substitute keeper Vladimir Gabulov.

Russian Igor Denisov was sent off in the last minute.

Hungary have not beaten Russia since their 2-0 win in Budapest in 1978.

Neither Russia nor Hungary have qualified for the World Cup in South Africa in June.

Bureau Report