Russia completed their FIFA World Cup preparations in fine fashion with a comfortable 2-0 win over Morocco on Friday.
Fabio Capello had called for his side to more clinical in the wake of their disappointing 1-1 draw against Norway last weekend.
And his players evidently heeded that request as they cruised to a comfortable victory against a Morocco team that rarely threatened at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow.
The hosts were again without injured captain Roman Shirokov, whose World Cup appears to be in serious doubt, but that did not prevent them from claiming victory with goals from Vasili Berezutski and Yuri Zhirkov.
And Capello may be left sweating on the fitness of Denis Glushakov, who was withdrawn from the squad and replaced in midfield by Igor Denisov after suffering an injury in the warm-up.
Russia will now travel to Brazil for the World Cup, where they are likely to face much tougher tests in Group H clashes with South Korea, Belgium and Algeria.
It took 23 minutes for the game's opening chance to arrive, but that almost brought the first goal as Omar El Kaddouri struck the post with a low effort following neat build-up play from the visitors.
That scare seemed to spark Russia into life and they would have taken the lead had Aleksandr Kokorin been able to connect with Zhirkov's deflected delivery across the face of goal.
But the deadlock was then broken in the 29th minute, the hosts going ahead when Berezutski smashed home at the second attempt from a corner following some pinball in the area.
Russia’s advantage would have been doubled a minute before half-time if not for the fine reflexes of Morocco goalkeeper Karim Fegrouche, who produced a fine stop to deny Kokorin on the half-volley.
However, Fegrouche could do nothing to prevent Russia from all but ensuring victory 13 minutes into the second half as Zhirkov found the net in spectacular fashion.
The Dinamo Moscow midfielder met a clearance from a corner with a fierce volley from just outside the area to put Capello's men in complete command.
From there Russia were able to take their foot off the gas, although the hosts were given a scare when Morocco midfielder Mounir Obbadi drew a fine save from replacement keeper Yuri Lodigin.
But that proved to Morocco's last clear-cut opportunity as Russia easily held on for a win that should give them confidence ahead of their World Cup opener against South Korea on June 17.
|Coach: F. Capello|
for V. Faizulin 46'
for G. Schennikov 46'
for S. Ignashevich 46'
for I. Akinfeev 46'
for A. Kokorin 56'
for D. Kombarov 75'
for A. Chahechouhe 61'
for I. El Adoua 63'
for A. Hamdallah 76'
for M. Boussoufa 82'
for O. El Kaddouri 90+1'
|Drogba ´perfect fit´ for Montreal|
|Berahino ´not yet´ ready for Tottenham - Irvine|
|Romero lauds caring Van Gaal|
|Jese flying at Real under Rafa|
|Sampdoria unwilling to pay €10m for Balotelli|
|Mourinho talks up Arsenal title chances|
|Hull sign Ryan Taylor, Sam Clucas|
|Di Santo sorry for swift Werder departure|
|Kane, Pochettino hail MLS All-Star test|
|Mourinho tells Ronaldo: Team honours come first|
|Khedira returns to Juve training|
|Celtic v Qarabag: Champions League return of utmost importance, says Collins|
|Pellegrini: Jovetic had to go|
|Manquillo completes Marseille move|
|Schalke reject Juve´s Draxler bid|
|Blanc: Di Maria deal ´close´|
|Di Santo debut ends in stalemate|
|Fire sign Drogba, trade him to Montreal Impact|
|FIFA and UEFA welcome ruling on third-party ownership|
|Juve kick off title defence against Udinese|
|Stoke sign free agent Afellay|
|Benitez confident Ramos will stay|
|Fenerbahce issue warning to fans|
|UEFA Champions League Preview: De Boer confident Ajax are ready for Vienna test|
|Bility: I am the favourite for FIFA presidency|
|Pienaar to miss start of season|
|Vietnam 1 Manchester City 8: Sterling shines as tourists run riot|
|All-Star Keane relishing Spurs clash|
|Shaun Wright-Phillips joins brother Bradley at Red Bulls|
|Inter 0 Real Madrid 3: Rodriguez stunner caps comfortable win|
|Villa sign Ayew|
|Watford complete Berghuis transfer|
|Robben returns to Bayern training|
|Pulis anxious to make West Brom additions|
|David Luiz eager to welcome ´fantastic´ Di Maria|
|Fernando injury free ahead of new campaign|
|Hummels blames weight issues for poor season|
|Defoe hoping for early Sunderland goals|
|Depay hints at identity of ´surprise´ United striker|
|Tigres UANL v River Plate: Hosts look to bounce back and make history|
|Crespo set for Villa move|
|Terry: I would never join a Premier League rival|
|Van Gaal coy on United future|
|Romero to cover potential De Gea exit - Van Gaal|
|Uruguay win men´s football gold at Pan Am Games|
|Pirlo thanks New York City fans for ´beautiful´ welcome|
|Mexico capitalised on ´the mistakes we made´ - Schafer|
|Herrera delighted with Mexico display|
|MLS Review: Whitecaps build happy home, Pirlo debuts|
|Guardado wins Golden Ball at Gold Cup|
|NZF confirms Olympics disqualification appeal|
|Jamaica 1 Mexico 3: CONCACAF giants complete form turnaround|
|New York Red Bulls 2 Benfica 1: Another scalp for MLS side|
|Romero signs with United|
|Moghreb Tetouan 1 Al Hilal Omdurman 1: Visitors go top|
|Van Gaal rules out Ronaldo bid|
|Pique open to Barca captaincy|
|Pirlo makes MLS bow in thrilling NYC victory|
|Coutinho and Can return for Liverpool U21s|
|Walcott deal ´closer´, says Wenger|
|Arsenal 1 Wolfsburg 0: Walcott the match-winner in Emirates Cup finale|
|Di Santo links up with Schalke squad|
|Lukaku treble sinks Hearts|
|Benitez again refutes Ronaldo rift rumours|
|Pepe sure Ramos will stay at Real|
|City target De Bruyne named Germany´s Player of the Year|
|Montero spoils McCarthy´s Palace debut|
|Lyon 0 Villarreal 2: Soriano, Baptistao seal comfortable win in Emirates Cup|
|Wijnaldum on target as Newcastle are held|
|Mourinho: Rivals trying to buy the title|
|Jovetic set for Inter medical|
|RFS in ´denial´ over racism issue, claims Football Against Racism in Europe|
|Salah not staying at Chelsea - Mourinho|
|Mbemba closes in on Newcastle switch|
|Ibrahimovic: Di Maria will take PSG to another level|
|Delph: Don´t compare me to Pogba|
|Dundee United sign Sneijder|
|Morata relishing new-look Juve strikeforce|
|Strachan "not scared" of England after World Cup qualifying draw|
|Brazil claim football, basketball, handball gold in Toronto|
|Lampard´s debut delayed again, Pirlo ready to play|
|Mourinho open to Premier League matches in US|
|MLS Review: Texas unites to hurt Galaxy|
|Luis Enrique: United can emulate Barca revival|
|Van Gaal singles out Januzaj, hails United´s forwards|
|Blanc still hopeful PSG will sign Di Maria|
|Irish international Cunningham seeks Bristol City exit|
|Italy embracing Spain challenge in World Cup qualifying|
|Dos Santos brothers in doubt for Gold Cup final|
|PSG 1 Chelsea 1 (aet, 5-6 on penalties): Courtois clinches victory for Mourinho´s men|
|United States 1 Panama 1 (aet, 2-3 on penalties): Mejia denies hosts third|
|ES Setif 1 Al Merreikh 1: Sudanese deny title-holders at home|
|CONCACAF admit referee errors in Gold Cup semi-final|
|Dutch favourites in Group A - Deschamps|
|Barcelona 1 Manchester United 3: Rooney, Lingard and Januzaj maintain winning start|