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

the 78th.

”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.

Lineups:

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

Pogrebnyak, 73).

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.