Russia moved closer to a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ berth with a confident 4-0 win over hosts Luxembourg in their Group F game in the European Zone.
Alexander Samedov, Viktor Faizukin, Denis Glushakov and Alexander Kerzhakov scored one apiece to put Russia on 21 points with just one match remaining.
Second-placed Portugal, who are currently four points behind, take on Israel later on Friday.
The visitors dominated early and in the ninth minute Samedov lifted Russia 1-0 firing home from eight metres from Dmitry Kombarov's precise cross.
Russia continued testing the hosts defence and in the 39th minute Faizulin made it 2-0 firing under the crossbar from seven metres on Roman Shirokov's pass from the edge of the box.
Glushakov netted Russia's third in first-half injury time sending the ball into the net under Luxembourg goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert from close range after the hosts mix-up in defence.
After the interval Russia kept up the pressure and comfortably held onto their advantage.
Kerzhakov rounded off the scoring with 17 minutes to go sending the ball home from close range also on Kombarov's precise cross from the left.
In their last group match on Tuesday, Russia will face hosts Azerbaijan at Baku.