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Russia beats Azerbaijan 4-0 in friendly

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2014 at 11:59 am •  Published: September 3, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexander Kerzhakov became Russia's record scorer Wednesday as his team thrashed Azerbaijan 4-0 in a friendly.

The Zenit St. Petersburg striker scored twice in the first half to set a new mark of 28 international goals in Russia's first game since its World Cup group stage exit in June.

In a match that was a warm-up for European Championship qualifying, the victory follows a troubled week for Russia after reports that manager Fabio Capello has gone unpaid for three months amid a financial dispute at the Russian Football Union.

On the world stage, Russia is set for crisis talks with FIFA and UEFA representatives over its decision to absorb clubs from the annexed region of Crimea, while European Union countries have discussed possible sporting sanctions against the 2018 World Cup host.