Russian frontman Alexandr Kerzhakov has repeated Vladimir Bezchastnykh’s result in the number of scored goals while playing for the Russian national football team.
The goal scored in a match of the first round of the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against the South Korean team in Cuiaba (1:1) became No.26 for the frontman of the Zenit club in St. Petersburg playing for the national team. Kerzhakov reached this point in the 82nd match playing for the Russian national team, while Bezchastnykh, who last played for the Russian team on 29 March 2003, managed to do so during his 71st match.
Number three on the list of the best shooters in the history of the Russian team is Roman Pavlyuchenko, a Moscow Locomotive striker (21 goals in 50 matches) who was not shortlisted for the World Cup. Out of the acting players, the list contains Zenit attacker Andrey Arshavin (17 in 74), attacker Dmitry Sychev (15 in 47) and Zenit half-back Roman Shirokov (12 in 41). The first two were not shortlisted for the World Cup by head coach Fabio Capello’s decision and the third one is skipping the championship due to an injury.