Russia held, wins for Portugal, Uruguay
Russia were held to a shock 1-1 draw by Qatar in a friendly in Doha today.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ hosts, 77 places below their opponents in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, took the lead in the fourth minute through Mohamed Kasoula.
But Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko levelled in the 34th minute. The draw continued Russia's run of poor results after their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying draw in Armenia last week and friendly defeats to Iran and Belgium.
Andre Hainault's 58th-minute effort earned Canada a surprise 1-0 win over Belarus in Antalya in Turkey. China PR beat Honduras 3-0 and Peru shared a goalless draw with Ecuador.
FIFA World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay needed a couple of glorious finishes to edge out the Republic of Ireland 3-2 in Dublin.
Defender Diego Lugano opened the scoring from close range and, after Shane Long had cancelled out his strike with a 15th-minute header, his strikers took over.
Edinson Cavani and Abel Hernandez put the visitors in the driving seat with sumptuous strikes after 22 and 40 minutes respectively. Keith Fahey's 48th-minute penalty gave the Irish hope, but the South Americans held on.
Micael scored twice, in the tenth and 71st minutes, as Portugal beat Finland 2-0 in Aveiro. Slovakia, who top qualifying Group B, went down to a 2-1 home defeat to Denmark.
A Kornel Salata own goal put Denmark in front after three minutes, but Filip Holosko equalised just after the half-hour mark. Brondby winger Michael Krohn-Dehli fired in the winner in the 72nd minute.
First-half goals from Matias Fernandez and Jean Beausejour earned Chile a 2-0 win over Colombia in a friendly played in The Hague in the Netherlands.
Martin Petrov's first-half goal earned Bulgaria a 1-0 win over Cyprus, while Greece and Poland drew 0-0.