• FT

    Macedonia

    0

    Russia

    2

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    Finland

    1

    Armenia

    0

  • FT

    Israel

    3

    Croatia

    4

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    Cyprus

    1

    Germany

    1

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    Belgium

    0

    Poland

    1

  • FT

    Rep of Ire

    5

    San Marino

    0

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    Portugal

    3

    Kazakhstan

    0

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

City Stadium Skopje

Referee: P Allaerts | Attendance: 16000

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Russia

  • Vladimir Bystrov 18'
  • Andrey Arshavin 32'

Macedonia 0-2 Russia: Russians revive campaign

SKOPJE, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Two first-half goals powered

Russia to a 2-0 win over Macedonia in a Euro 2008 qualifier on

Wednesday and revived their hopes of reaching the finals from

Group E.

Vladimir Bystrov opened the scoring in the 18th minute,

driving the ball into the roof of the net after a Diniyar

Bilyaletdinov cross from the left. Andrei Arshavin made it 2-0

with a great solo effort 15 minutes later.

The game was briefly interrupted when Macedonian riot police

clashed with Russian fans in the stands following Arshavin's

goal. Some 300 Russians travelled to Skopje for the match.

Arshavin could have added a third midway through the second

half but waited too long to shoot.

Macedonia, missing suspended strikers Goran Pandev and Ilco

Naumoski, who both scored in a 3-0 victory over Andorra last

month, rarely threatened Russia keeper Igor Akinfeyev.

Goran Maznov had the best chance for the home side, just

going wide with a powerful header following a fine cross by

Robert Petrov shortly after the interval.

The Russians, however, comfortably held on for victory to

remain unbeaten under their Dutch coach Guus Hiddink.

'It was by far our best performance since I became Russia

coach,' the Dutchman, who was appointed to the job after guiding

Australia at this year's World Cup finals, told reporters.

'We knew Macedonia would be tough to beat but in the first

half we were attacking well while in the second half it was our

defence who played well.'

The win put them temporarily at the top of Group E with

eight points from four matches while Macedonia, who also held

England to a 0-0 draw in Manchester last month, dropped to fifth

place with seven points after five games.

Scoring Summary

  • Macedonia
  • Russia
 

Match Stats

  • Macedonia
  • Russia
4(1) Shots (on goal) 11(4)
19 Fouls 12
3 Corner kicks 2
2 Offsides 7
43% Time of Possession 57%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 3

Teams

  • Macedonia
  • Russia
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