Russia, Cameroon draw 0-0 in friendly

Russia was held to a scoreless draw by Cameroon in an

international friendly on Tuesday with both teams resting some of

their better players.

Russia dominated for most of the match but it was Cameroon which

came closest to scoring, defender Aurelien Chedjou’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, goalkeeper Guy

N’dy Assembe pushing the low shot just wide.

Russia midfielders Alan Dzagoev and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov missed

with 20-meter shots, while N’dy Assembe made a great save on a

thundering shot by Dzagoev early in the second half.

Cameroon’s best first-half chance came in the final minutes when

unmarked Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting shot wide after getting the ball

from a quick free kick by Samuel Eto’o.

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.

Cameroon was without Arsenal midfielder Alex Song after coach

Javier Clemente made four changes to the team that drew 0-0 with

Senegal last Saturday.

Russia is second in Group B in qualifying for the 2012 European

Championship. The team has the same number of points as leader

Ireland and third-place Slovakia.

Cameroon trails Senegal and Congo in third place in Group E of

qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

Lineups:

Russia: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Roman Shishkin, Aleksei Berezutsky,

Vasili Berezutsky, Renat Yanbaev, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Dmitri

Torbinskiy, 76), Aleksandr Sheshukov (Igor Semshov, 45), Denis

Glushakov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Ryazantsev (Yuri Zhirkov, 55),

Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Cameroon: Guy N’dy Assembe, Benoit Angbwa (Sebastien Bassong,

45), Henri Bedimo, Nicolas N’Koulou, Aurelien Chedjou, Stephane

M’Bia, Andre Ndame Ndame (Eyong Enoh, 45), Vincent Aboubakar (Ngako

Deutcha Duvalois, 45), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Landry N’Guemo,

60), Benjamin Moukandjo Bile, Samuel Eto’o (Pierre Webo, 45).