An excellent solo effort from Wilfried Zaha late in the game sealed the win for the Ivory Coast as they completed a 2-0 victory against Russia.
Jonathan Kodjia had opened the scoring in Krasnodar as he beat off the challenge of his marker before taking a touch and then firing home into the corner of the net.
The Ivorians were playing their first match since their early elimination at the African Nations Cup finals in January, but their win was clinched in this game courtesy of a special effort from Zaha.
With twenty minutes of the game remaining he picked the ball up outside the box and dribbled past three defenders before finishing with his left foot to double the lead and seal the victory.
It was his second goal in six appearances for his country and now the squad prepare for their next game, against Senegal on Monday evening, after a deserved victory against the nation who will be hosting the World Cup finals next year.