Dick Advocaat’s team ground out victory in Zilina to all but deny Ireland a chance of topping their Euro 2012 qualification group tonight.
Providing there is not a huge shock against Andorra in Moscow next Tuesday, Russia will be heading to the Euro 2012 finals.
They had Alan Dzagoev to thank for tonight’s success, as he broke the deadlock after 70 minutes to send Russia to the top of qualifying Group B with one game remaining.
Andorra should pose no threat to Russia, and three points will guarantee Advocaat’s team win the group and avoid a play-off.
Armenia and Republic of Ireland, the teams hoping for a monumental upset on Tuesday, will expect to be jousting for second place when they clash in Dublin, with a draw looking to be enough to seal a play-off place for the boys in Green.