Russia beats Andorra, clinch place at Euro 2008

Updated: 23 November 2007 10:58 IST

Russia qualified for next year's European Championship on Wednesday by beating Andorra 1-0 and taking advantage of England's loss to Croatia.

Russia beats Andorra, clinch place at Euro 2008

Andorra La Vella, Andorra:

Russia qualified for next year's European Championship on Wednesday by beating Andorra 1-0 and taking advantage of England's loss to Croatia.

Dmitry Sychev scored the winning goal in the 39th minute, meeting substitute Dmitry Torbinskiy's cross from the right to head past goalkeeper Koldo Alvarez.

Russia finished with 24 points, one more than England, which lost to Croatia 3-2. The Croats had already advanced from Group E.

Russia should have put it away before halftime, but Andorra goalkeeper Koldo Alvarez stopped Denis Kolodin's penalty shot.

Andorra, which was outscored 42-2 in 12 matches, finished last in Group A with zero points.

But the hosts threatened with two free kicks in the dying moments, and Russia hung on with only 10 men after Andrei Arshavin was sent off in the 84th.

Russia outshot the hosts 12-2, with Alvarez making four saves before Sychev's header put the Russians ahead for good.

Alvarez, who would be substituted by Jose Antonio Gomes to start the second half, was booked for taking down Alexander Kerzhakov inside the area in the 44th.

Russia squeaked through with the lowest amount of goals scored by any away opponent at the Estadi Communal during qualifying.

Lineups:

Andorra: Koldo Alvarez (Jose Antonio Gomes, 46), Toni Lima, Ildefons Lima, Oscar Sonejee (Gabriel Riera, 83), Marc Bernaus, Jordi Escura, Manolo Jimenez, Antoni Sivera, Sergio Moreno, Justo Ruiz, Marcio Vieira (Xavi Andorra, 50).

Russia: Vladimir Gabulov, Alexander Anyukov, Alexei Berezutskiy, Vasiliy Berezutskiy (Dmitry Torbinskiy, 38), Denis Kolodin, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Yuri Zhirkov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Andrei Arshavin, Alexander Kerzhakov, Dmitry Sychev.

Topics : Football
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