GROZNY, Russia -- Three days after being criticized by Vladimir Putin, Russia ended a run of poor form Tuesday by beating Romania 1-0.Magomed Ozdoev grabbed a last-minute winner in the friendly for the 2018 World Cup host.Russia had won just one of its last 10 matches, triggering the Russian president to remark that we havent seen beautiful play from the national team for a long time.In the first international game to be played in the formerly war-torn Russian region of Chechnya, Russia struggled for much of the 90 minutes due to poor finishing and good saves from Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.That all changed when Romania struggled to clear the ball in the final minute of stoppage time. Some fortunate deflections saw the ball fall to Ozdoev for an easy finish despite a possible offside.Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov is trying to inject new blood into a team which was among the oldest at the summers European Championship, where it crashed out. He opted Tuesday for Spartak Moscows up-and-coming Ilya Kutepov and Terek Groznys Andrei Semyonov at center back. The partnership held up well though rarely came under sustained pressure from a Romanian team which also failed to qualify from the group stage in Euro 2016.Pantilimon showed good reactions to keep out Alexander Samedovs effort for Russia early on, before Dorin Rotariu missed the target when one-on-one with Russian `keeper Igor Akinfeev in Romanias best opportunity of the game.Samedov shot wide just before halftime, and Russia came close again in the 65th when Alexander Kokorin mis-hit a shot straight at the advancing Pantilimon when a slight lob would have likely scored.Russia was able to host Romania in Chechnya, which is ruled by sports-loving and pro-Kremlin strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, because it was a friendly rather than a competitive European game. 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Kickoff is set for 7:35 p.m. in what is predicted to be a frigid evening, with temperatures in the high-teens and a wind-chill factor that will make it feel like 10 degrees.Honestly I love the cold, said Oakland quarterback Derek Carr. I played in the Mountain West Conference and you play in a lot of different places whether its Wyoming or Reno or Air Force or Colorado State, obviously cold places. Ive had my fair share of those games; you treat it like any other game whenever you talk about weather. If you let it affect you, it will, so you just go out there with the right mindset.The weather conditions just may help the 9-3 Chiefs cool off the hot 10-2 Raiders. The battle is for control of the AFC West, where Oakland is the leader and the Chiefs sit a game behind. But Kansas City won the first game between the teams 26-10 back in October in Oakland. Since that game the Raiders have not lost, racking up six consecutive victories by an average margin of nine points. Carr has become the first player in NFL history to throw five game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime in a season.Both teams know each other, said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Theyve made changes defensively that have made them better on that side of the ball. Theyre playing very good all the way around in the different phases. They were a little down on the defensive side early on but theyve picked up in that area. Theyre flying around and making plays.Other than a two-point loss to Tampa Bay just over two weeks ago, the Chiefs have continued their winning ways, taking six of the last seven games.dddddddddddd With their 11-1 record to close out the 2015 season, Kansas City is 20-4 in their last 24 regular-season and postseason games. Both teams won last Sunday, with the Chiefs beating the Falcons in Atlanta by one point and the Raiders coming from behind for a victory over Buffalo.The short preparation time is the bane for all players and coaches, especially the Chiefs, who have had two straight road games, including the trip to Denver when they played a full 75 minutes. The Raiders will be sore, tired and cold.The number one thing is recovery, said Carr. In a week like this, theres some tough things that come with it, but like Coach Del Rio says, Nobody cares. Nobody cares, at the end of the day you have to go play.The Raiders have a half-dozen victories this season that came with strong fourth-quarter comebacks. Its a mentality thats changed around Oakland with Del Rio in charge.Were learning how to win games at whatever cost it takes, said Carr. Whether its Khalil (Mack) stripping somebody or Tay (Latavius Murray) running the ball in or Seth (Roberts) catching another game-winner, were just learning how to win games. I think that the more experience we have at doing that, the more situations were in were going to be able to look back and said, Weve done this before.The first game between these teams was a 16-point victory for the Chiefs. That day the Raiders did not have Murray, who was out with an injury. He should be on the field Thursday evening. That K.C. victory was built on ball control and security.Theyll need more of the same to slow the Raiders locomotive.The positive is you get a few days off afterwards, said Reid. Getting ready is a bit of a scramble drill, but you do it and you move on. Its hardest on the players, especially the later you get in the year. ' ' '