Denis Cheryshev starred as Russia secured their spot at Euro 2020 with a five- win away to Cyprus.
Russia required just a point to seal their qualification and Cheryshev opened the scoring in the ninth minute to set them on their way, just before he set up Magomed Ozdoev for the second at GSP Stadium on Sunday.
Any slim hopes of a Cyprus fightback have been extinguished in the 27th minute when Kostas Laifis was sent off for a poor foul on Sergey Petrov.
The Russia complete-back had to be substituted and team’s official Twitter account posted a photograph displaying the wound in his leg.
Petrov and his group-mates can appear forward to subsequent year’s finals following Russia assured they will finish in the major two of Group I as Artem Dzyuba, Aleksandr Golovin and Cheryshev added late targets.
Belgium, group leaders with maximum points, had currently secured their spot at the tournament with a 9- defeat of San Marino on Thursday.