MOSCOW (AP) – Roman Shirokov converted a late penalty to give Russia a 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Russia was awarded the spot kick after Gokdemir had fouled Vladimir Bystrov in the box, and Shirokov beat goalkeeper Kamran Agayev in the 84th minute.
Russia dominated possession in the first half and outshot Azerbaijan 11-1, but only four were on target.
Azerbaijan's only real chance came when Ali Gokdemir tried to lob goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in the fourth minute.
Russia tops Group F with a perfect 12 points from four games. Azerbaijan is equal last with one point.