Against Tajikistan in an international football game, Sergey Pinyaev accomplished the feat.
Sergey Pinyaev, a winger, made his debut against Tajikistan on Thursday, becoming the nation’s youngest-ever international footballer.
At 18 years and 15 days old, Pinyaev broke the previous record for the youngest player to earn a senior cap for his country, held by goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who was named to the starting lineup for the game in Dushanbe.
Akinfeev, who is no longer active in international football, made his 111 appearances for Russia when he was 18 years and 20 days old in 2004.
Pinyaev, a Samara-based Krylia Sovetov player, played for 84 minutes against Tajikistan as an unproven Russian lineup struggled to a 0-0 draw.
I never discuss players in front of the public. When asked about Pinyaev’s performance, Russia manager Valeri Karpin responded, “It looked very decent for the debut of an 18-year-old.
Despite having 65% of possession against a team ranked number 108 in the world, Arsen Zakharyan, a fellow adolescent who previously held the record for Russia’s youngest outfield player, was introduced by Karpin at halftime.
Karpin at least had a rare opportunity to watch his team in action during the game because, as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, Russia was barred from all official FIFA and UEFA competitions in February.
In their first match in almost 11 months, Russia defeated Kazakhstan 2-1 in Bishkek in September.
After the disappointing draw in Tajikistan, the next match is against Uzbekistan on Sunday in Tashkent.
The FIFA World Cup, which Russia had entertained hopes of competing in before being barred, begins that same day in Qatar.
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