Posted: Friday October 12, 2012 1:13 PM

Russia beats Portugal 1-0 in World Cup qualifying

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MOSCOW (AP) -Alexander Kerzhakov scored early in the first half to give Russia a 1-0 win over Portugal in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup on Friday.

The Zenit St. Petersburg striker scored with low shot past diving goalkeeper Rui Patricio six minutes into the game from a Roman Shirokov cross.

It was Russia's only shot on goal in the first half. Portugal dominated possession for the rest of the match but failed to score.

The victory put Russia on top of the Group F standings with nine points from three games. Portugal is second with six points.

Russia next hosts Azerbaijan while Portugal will be at home against Northern Ireland on Tuesday. Israel and Luxemburg are also in the group.
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