Russia 1-0 Portugal

Don Fabio frustrates toothless Portugal

October 13, 2012
By Andy Brassell
Victory over Portugal will taste sweet for Russia, and all the more so given the national consternation since the champions of the latter emptied their figurative piggy bank to snare two of the titans of the former's league. Brazil's Hulk and Axel Witsel of Belgium were, of course, nowhere to be seen at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Friday night, but the shadow of their recent arrival loomed large over this World Cup qualifier.

The generous salary granted to Hulk to persuade ...

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