The first of two friendlies the Russian national team had scheduled for March has been left behind. Wards Valery Karpin met in Tehran with a participant of the recent World Cup in Qatar – the Iranian team.
It is the strongest rival of the Russians since the end of 2021, when the last game of the international tournaments has been played so far: the same game with Croatia (0-1) with an own goal from Fedor Kudryashov, who didn’t let us down. straight to the World Cup.
Then there was a suspension, a long lull and two friendlies in the fall of 2022 with Kyrgyzstan (2-1), Tajikistan (0-0) and Uzbekistan (0-0). Frankly, these matches did not impress either by the level of the result or by the level of play of the Russians. However, Karpin always has something to reply: we say, we do not participate in international competitions, we do not call players over 30, we look at those who can play in the national team after their return. And iron logic.
Karpin did not change at the March training camp, although this time he called up Alexei Miranchuk and Alexander Golovin from abroad – clearly in time for the game against Iran. The two legionnaires, however, did not reach Russia due to injuries. Lost team and two defenders – Spartak Georgy Jikia and Artyom Makarchuk from Sochi.
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The Iranians were remembered in the 2022 World Cup as not the most enchanting, but very stubborn and strong-willed team that managed to defeat the national team of Wales (2:0), shove the Americans (0:1) and collapsed in the game against England (2:6). During the winter, the national team managed to change coaches – instead of Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, local specialist Amir Galenoi took over.
Despite the match being a friendly, the Azadi Stadium was almost full. Under the piercing cry of the vuvuzel, the Iranian national team created the first dangerous moment in the 24th minute: Hossein Kanaanizadegan aimed for from thirty meters from a free kick, but Matvey Safonov took the blow. The Russians started and opened the scoring: the Persians knocked down Anton Zinkovsky in the penalty area, and his namesake Miranchuk converted a penalty.
Late in the half, the Iranians had three chances in a row, but Mohammad Mahhebi first hit his head inaccurately, then slipped on a raw injury, and Safonov parried Mehdi’s kick. Taremi.
From the start of the second half, the score leveled – and again from the penalty spot: Ruslan Litvinov touched the leg of Mohebbi, who flew into the penalty area, and Taremi did not miss the “point” – 1:1.
Alas, in the second half of the match there is nothing to remember from the performance of the Russian team: the Persians attacked more often and more dangerously. The hosts already had the clearest chance in stoppage time, when the two-on-one outing ended with an inaccurate shot from the same Taremi. The Russians, on the other hand, looked wet and, moreover, physically weak, although the national championship had resumed for a month already. How, then, to explain such exhaustion of the players at the end of the two halves? In a word, the Iranians played more to win, and this draw is rather in favor of the team of Valery Karpin.
Valery Karpin appreciated the game of the Russian national team in the match against Iran
Iran – Russia – 1:1 (0:1) March 23. Tehran. “Azadi” stadium. Referee – Tantashev (Uzbekistan). Iran: Beiravand, Haysafi (Hosseinzade, 88), Kanaanizadegan, Rezaeyan, Khalilzade, Golizade (Amiri, 79), Ezzatolahi (Cheshmi, 79), Nurafkan, Mokhhebi, Moganlu (Asadi, 72), Taremi. Russia: Safonov, Karavaev, Litvinov, Osipenko, Khlusevich (Prutsev, 87), Kuzyaev, Glebov, Ant. Miranchuk (Fomin, 78), Zakharyan (Oblyakov, 69), Komlichenko (Tyukavin, 78), Zinkovsky (Akhmetov, 87) Goals: 0-1 Miranchuk (28 pen.), 1:1 Taremi (47 pen.). Has reserved: Taremi (66) – Safonov (90).