Leaders of Azerbaijan’s group won again
Konstantin Zyrianov on Wednesday scored in the 38th minute the only goal of the match to keep Russia in the hunt for a place at the 2010 World Cup finals with a 1-0 victory against minnows Liechtenstein.
Germany stayed well on course for qualification for the World Cup next year with a 2-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Michael Ballack blasted an opening goal for Germany in the 11th minute and Wales defender Ashley Williams diverted the ball into his net three minutes after the break, dpa reported.
It completed the double over Wales in Group 4 and kept Joachim Loew's side four points clear of Russia who were 1-0 winners in Liechtenstein on the night.
Wales, who were beaten 2-0 by Finland at home on Saturday, are now all but out of contention, with just six points from six games.
Morten Gamst Pedersen scored an injury-time winning goal Wednesday to give Norway a 3-2 victory over Finland in a friendly.