Group 4 leaders Germany needed a late goal by Lukas Podolski as they snatched a draw at home to Finland in their final South Africa 2010 qualifier.
Russia need to win in Finland to keep their destiny in their own hands, but their hosts require victory to preserve their own FIFA World Cup dream.
Finland kept alive their hopes of finishing second in the European Zone's Group 4 by coming from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over Liechtenstein.
Jonatan Johansson and Shefki Kuqi were on target as Finland beat Wales 2-0 to put a severe dent in their hosts' hopes of reaching South Africa 2010.
Germany coach Joachim Low is delighted that his faith in striker Miroslav Klose has been vindicated by the latter's hat-trick against Finland.
This year's Super League has been marked by the emergence of a number of prolific strikers, the majority of them hailing from foreign climes.