Russia call up uncapped pair for final qualifier

Moscow: Russia coach Guus Hiddink has called up two newcomers, FK Moscow midfielder Dmitry Tarasov and Lokomotiv Moscow defender Oleg Kuzmin, for his team`s final World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

The Russians are assured of finishing second in Group Four regardless of the outcome in Baku following a 1-0 defeat by Germany in Moscow on Saturday.

Germany secured a place in next year`s finals and Russia will join them in South Africa if they win a two-legged playoff next month.

Bureau Report