Russia, Cameroon friendly ends scoreless

Russia was held to a scoreless draw by Cameroon in an

international friendly on Tuesday with both teams fielding weakened


Russia dominated for most of the match but it was Cameroon

through Aurelien Chedjou who came closest to scoring, the

defender’s header hitting the post in the 79th minute with

goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev beaten.

Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak failed to give Russia an early lead

after dribbling from the right wing into the area, but goalkeeper

Guy N’dy Assembe pushed his low shot just wide.

Russia coach Dick Advocaat left Tottenham forward Roman

Pavlyuchenko, who scored a hat trick in the 3-1 win over Armenia on

Saturday, on the bench while Cameroon was without Arsenal

midfielder Alex Song.