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World Cup: Russia Tops Group H

Russia's football team has jumped to the top of Group H with a 2-0 World Cup victory over Tunisia, Wednesday in Kobe, Japan. The Russians had just too much talent for the hard-working Tunisians.

The match opened in a spirited fashion, but - before long - both sides fell into a mostly cautious and uninspired style of play. Despite several scoring chances, including a near own-goal by the Russians, the game remained scoreless at the half.

The match remained scoreless until the 59th minute, when Tunisia's keeper Ruslan Nigmatullin made a sloppy throw-out. Egor Titov made him pay, driving a right-footed shot into the net for a 1-0 Russian lead.

Just four minutes later, Russia's Dmitri Sychev was taken down in the box, and Valery Karpin converted the penalty kick to make it 2-0. Tunisia fought hard to try to get back into the match, but the Russian defense covered them like a blanket, to preserve the 2-0 win. The victory vaults Russia to first place in Group H.