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Russia make most of their lifeline

Published: Thursday 22 November 2007, 0.51CET
Andorra 0-1 Russia
Dmitri Sychev's header earned Russia an unexpected place at UEFA EURO 2008™ following England's defeat.
Russia make most of their lifeline
Russia celebrate victory in Andorra and qualification ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AndorraRussia

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
8
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners0
9
Fouls committed13
 
9
Yellow cards5
 
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 22 November 2007, 0.51CET

Russia make most of their lifeline

Andorra 0-1 Russia
Dmitri Sychev's header earned Russia an unexpected place at UEFA EURO 2008™ following England's defeat.

Russia took advantage of England's defeat by Croatia by beating Andorra to secure an unexpected place at UEFA EURO 2008™ as Group E runners-up.

Sychev winner
Russia's chance seemed to have gone when they lost in Israel on Saturday, but Croatia's Wembley victory opened the door and Guus Hiddink's side forced their way through by the narrowest margin. Dmitri Sychev scored the all-important goal on 39 minutes to secure the points for a Russia team who also missed a penalty and finished the game with ten men following Andrei Arshavin's late dismissal.

Wembley cheer
The visitors had begun slowly and the opening exchanges were evenly balanced. News then spread around the ground that Croatia had gone ahead in London. There was an even bigger cheer soon afterwards when Russia fans realised England were two down. Those supporters urged on their side but Andorra goalkeeper Koldo Álvarez kept them at bay. The No1 saved well from Aleksandr Kerzhakov before keeping out Denis Kolodin's low free-kick.

Sychev decider
Russia finally made the breakthrough six minutes before half-time. The inspiration came from the bench as substitute Dmitri Torbinskiy set up the goal with his first touch. The winger found space on the right and delivered a precise cross for Sychev who headed over the advancing Álvarez and into an empty net.

Penalty save
Russia spurned the invitation to double their advantage just before the interval after Álvarez brought down Kerzhakov in the area. The Andorra custodian injured himself in the process but got up to make an excellent stop from Kolodin's spot-kick. Álvarez could not continue after the break but his replacement José Antonio Gómes was kept busy by the Russia attack.

Arshavin off
Torbinskiy was a constant threat and forced Gómes into two good saves before Kerzhakov had an effort blocked. Hiddink's men lost some of their momentum when news came through that England had levelled at 2-2 with Croatia, but cheers soon rang around the ground again as the Russia fans learned of Croatia's third goal. Arshavin was sent off on 84 minutes for violent conduct yet Russia would soon be celebrating.

Last updated: 22/11/07 10.37CET

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Lineups

Andorra

Andorra

Russia

Russia

1
KoldoÁlvarez Koldo (GK)
Yellow Card45
Substitution46
30
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
2
EscuraJordi Escura
Yellow Card76
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
3
BernausMarc Bernaus
27
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
Yellow Card10
4
SonejeeÒscar Sonejee
Substitution83
2
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Substitution38
5
Toni LimaAn Toni Lima
Yellow Card59
25
KolodinDenis Kolodin
Penalty45+1
6
Ildefons LimaIldefons Lima
Yellow Card46
15
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
7
M. VieiraMarcio Vieira
Substitution50
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
8
SiveraToni Sivera
17
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
10
JiménezManolo Jiménez
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin (C)
Red Card84
11
GonzalezJusto Gonzalez (C)
Yellow Card24
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
12
MorenoSergio Moreno
26
SychevDmitri Sychev
Goal38

Substitutes

13
GomesJosé Gomes (GK)
Substitution46
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
14
RieraGabriel Riera
Substitution83
5
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
15
SomozaAlex Somoza
9
SaenkoIvan Saenko
16
Txema GarcíaTxema García
20
SemshovIgor Semshov
17
Genís GarcíaGenís García
7
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
Substitution38
18
AndorráXavi Andorrá
Substitution50
14
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
13
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak

Coach

David Rodrigo Lo (ESP) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Jan Petter Randen (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

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