Although the Russians dominated possession in the early stages, it was Argentina who opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Martin Amas turned the ball in from Leandro Planas' right-wing cross.
However, a poor clearance from the Albiceleste's defence allowed Konstantin Dushkevich to equalize with three minutes of the first-half remaining. Amas and Matias Lucuix both had chances to score in the final seconds of the half, but both sides went in level at the break.
Despite it being a must-win game for Argentina, they played patient football at the beginning of the second half. That changed when Dmitry Prudnikov put Russia 2-1 ahead with eight minutes to go. Argentina poured people upfront and got their reward when Esteban Gonzalez netted with four minutes to go.
But try as the South Americans did, Russia hung on for the point which sees them reach the final four for the first time since Guatemala 2000.