Russia overwhelm brave Ivorians
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World champions Russia have one foot in the knockout stage at Tahiti 2013 after cruising to a comfortable 5-2 win over Côte d'Ivoire.

With maximum points Russia moved three clear of Japan and Paraguay, while the Africans still have a mathematical chance should they win their last match.

Anatoliy Peremitin missed an early penalty for Russia, but Côte d'Ivoire missing a handful of players due to visa issues, were always unlikely to seriously trouble the world champions.

They bravely maintained a deadlock until the end of the opening period when Alexey Makarov broke through with a thunderbolt dead-ball strike.

Pivot Egor Shaykov scored from long distance early in the second period to make it 2-0, while Dimitrii Shishin extended the lead against the tiring Ivorians at the midway point.

A far-post close-range headed goal from Daniel Kouassitchi brought about the biggest cheer of the night as the Africans pulled a goal back against the odds however Makarov soon restored the three-goal lead with his second of the night.

Côte d'Ivoire somehow grabbed a second via Moustapha Sakanoko, but again Russia pushed further clear, this time through Shishin.