• FT

    Armenia

    0

    Kazakhstan

    1

  • FT

    Georgia

    0

    Lithuania

    2

  • FT

    Romania

    6

    Albania

    1

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    Cyprus

    0

    Czech Rep

    2

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    Azerbaijan

    0

    Belgium

    1

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    Belarus

    2

    Netherlands

    1

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    Israel

    1

    Macedonia

    0

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    Slovenia

    0

    Bulgaria

    2

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    Denmark

    3

    Iceland

    0

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    Malta

    1

    Norway

    4

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    Spain

    1

    N Ireland

    0

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    Sweden

    2

    Latvia

    1

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    Turkey

    1

    Bosnia-Herz

    0

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    Hungary

    1

    Greece

    2

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    Germany

    0

    Wales

    0

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    Italy

    3

    Faroe Island

    1

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    San Marino

    0

    Slovakia

    5

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    Ukraine

    2

    France

    2

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    Portugal

    0

    Finland

    0

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    Serbia

    2

    Poland

    2

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    Andorra

    0

    Russia

    1

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    England

    2

    Croatia

    3

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Estadi Comunal de Aixovall

Referee: T Hauge | Attendance: 200

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Russia

  • Dmitri Sychev 39'

Andorra 0-1 Russia: Hiddink through with nervy win

Russia took full advantage of England`s defeat and secured a place at Euro

2008 with a 1-0 win over Andorra.

Dmitri Sychev scored the all important goal just before the break to give Guus

Hiddink's side victory.

The Russians survived a missed penalty from Denis Kolodin and the late

sending-off of Andrei Arshavin to secure their ticket to the Alps.

Russia began slowly and the opening minutes were evenly balanced.

News then quickly spread around the ground that Croatia had gone ahead at

Wembley and there was an even bigger cheer soon afterwards as the Russian fans

realised Group E rivals England were two down.

The Russia supporters urged on their side but Alvarez was equal to everything

Guus Hiddink`s side could throw at him.

The experienced keeper saved well from Alexander Kerzhakov and also got down

well to keep out a low free-kick from Kolodin as the first half progressed.

Russia finally got the breakthrough five minutes before half-time.

The inspiration came from the bench as substitute Dmitri Torbinsky set up a

goal with his first touch.

The Spartak Moscow winger found space on the right and sent over a precise

cross for Sychev who headed over the advancing Alvarez and into the empty net.

Russia spurned a great chance to go two ahead just before the interval after

Alvarez brought down Kerzakhov in the area.

The Andorra keeper injured himself in the process but got up to make an

excellent save from Kolodin`s spot-kick.

Alvarez could not continue after the break but his replacement Jose Antonio

Gomes was kept busy by the Russian attack.

Torbinsky, playing almost as a third striker, was a constant threat and forced

Gomes into two good saves.

Kerzakhov also had a shot blocked as Russia continued to press.

The visitors lost some of their momentum when news came through that England

had levelled at 2-2 with Croatia.

Andorra began to see more of the ball and defender Toni Lima shot over the bar

on a rare home attack.

But cheers soon rang around the ground again when the Russian fans learned of

Croatia`s third goal.

Arshavin was sent off late on for violent conduct but Russia could soon start

celebrating.

Scoring Summary

  • Andorra
  • Russia
 

Match Stats

  • Andorra
  • Russia
3(0) Shots (on goal) 15(7)
13 Fouls 9
0 Corner kicks 9
2 Offsides 2
41% Time of Possession 59%
5 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 1
9 Saves 2

Teams

  • Andorra
  • Russia
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