Russia routs Andorra 6-0 to qualify for Euro 2012
Russia routed minnow Andorra 6-0 on Tuesday to qualify for next
year’s European Championship as Group B winner.
Needing just a draw to win the group, Russia dominated as
expected at the Luzhniki stadium with Alan Dzagoev putting the
hosts ahead in the fifth minute. Teammate Sergei Ignashevich made
it 2-0 by scoring off Andrei Arshavin’s free kick in the 26th.
Arshavin provided Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russia striker
scored his fourth goal in seven matches on the half hour mark
before Dzagoev sent Russia into the break with a 4-0 lead, firing
home after Roman Shishkin’s knockdown.
Denis Glushakov scored his first goal for Russia in the 69th
before Diniyar Bilyaletdinov capped the rout in front of 50,000
spectators by scoring with a low shot from 25 meters (yards) out in
”With all respect to Andorra, we had to win this game,” Russia
coach Dick Advocaat said. ”We deserved to take the first place in
the group. In all the games and even the one we’ve lost we were the
better side in the pitch.”
Russia finished with 23 points, two points ahead of Ireland
which qualified for next month’s Euro 2012 playoff after a 2-1
victory over Armenia in Dublin.
Russia: Vyacheslav Malafeev, Roman Shishkin (Alexander Samedov,
80), Vasiliy Berezutskiy, Sergei Ignashevich, Alexei Berezutskiy,
Igor Semshov (Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, 73), Igor Denisov, Denis
Glushakov, Andrey Arshavin, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Pavlyuchenko (Pavel
Andorra: Jose Jose Gomes puntched the ball away, Marc Bernaus,
Emili Garcia, Ildefons Lima, Marc Pujol (Juli Sanchez, 85), Marcio
Vieira, Sergio Moreno, Edu Perre, Sebastian Gomez (Fernando Silva,
70), Marc Vales, Alexandre Martinez.