Russia halts World Cup qualifying drought
Shirokov's goal enough to secure spot in 2014 tourney
Visiting Russia qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 12 years by drawing 1-1 with 10-men Azerbaijan on Tuesday in Baku.
Russia finished on top of Group F standings with 22 points. Portugal beat 10-man Luxembourg 3-0 to come second, one point behind, and will enter the playoffs.
Roman Shirokov opened the scoring for Russia in the 16th minute from a cutting pass from Alexander Samedov. Vagif Javadov headed in the equalizer in the 90th.
Azerbaijan was reduced to 10 men in the 73rd when Maksim Medvedev was given a red card for a rough tackle.
Russia last qualified for the World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002.