Russia fought back to draw 1-1 with South Korea at the FIFA World Cup, after a howler from goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
Akinfeev and opposite number Jung Sung-Ryong had endured difficult nights in terms of catching the ball, and it would prove to be to the detriment of Fabio Capello’s side in Cuiaba.
The CSKA Moscow gloveman tried to catch a goal-bound effort from substitute Lee Keun-Ho but it bounced off his hands and into the net on 68 minutes to hand Hong Myung-Bo’s men the lead at the Arena Pantanal.
Another sub Aleksandr Kerzhakov then came to Akinfeev’s and Russia’s rescue six minutes later, and tied the nation’s all-time goal-scoring record with Vladimir Beschastnykh (26 goals).
Kerzhakov tucked away an equaliser just three minutes after coming on, after a goal-mouth scramble created by a dangerous ball in from another substitute Alan Dzagoev.
Russia were more commanding in possession in the early stages, however, too many turnovers saw them susceptible on the counter-attack.
South Korea had the best chance of the opening 25 minutes, when Bayer Leverkusen forward Son Heung-Min went on a run from midfield to the edge of the area, only to spray his shot high and wide under little pressure.