Russia call up uncapped couple

MOSCOW - Russia coach Guus Hiddink has called up two newcomers, FK Moscow midfielder Dmitry Tarasov and Lokomotiv Moscow defender Oleg Kuzmin, for his team's final World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

The Russians are assured of finishing second in Group Four regardless of the outcome in Baku following a 1-0 defeat by Germany in Moscow on Saturday.

Germany secured a place in next year's finals and Russia will join them in South Africa if they win a two-legged playoff next month.