Moscow: Russia secured a 2-1 win against Moldova in Chisinau on Friday to leave their Euro 2016 destiny in their own hands.
Full back Sergei Ignashevich and forward Arten Dzyuba set up the 2018 World Cup hosts' third win in as many matches since Leonid Slutsky took over in August from sacked Italian Fabio Capello.
Eugeniu Cebotaru was on target for Moldova. The win tightened Russia's grip on the runner-up spot in Group G, and a point will now suffice in their closing qualifier against Montenegro next week to secure an automatic ticket to France.
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