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Russia 4-0 Andorra: Kerzhakov hat-trick

Alexander Kerzhakov

Photo: Reuters

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, June 2 (Reuters) - Alexander Kerzhakov notched a hat-trick as Russia routed Andorra 4-0 in their Euro 2008 Group E qualifier on Saturday.

The Sevilla striker fired the home team ahead in the eighth minute with a neat lob over Andorra keeper Koldo Alvarez, then doubled the lead eight minutes later.

Kerzhakov made it 3-0 four minutes after the break by latching on to a rebound and substitute Dmitry Sychev scored the fourth midway through the second half.

The Russians could have easily added a few more but were still satisfied with a comfortable victory which moved them top of the group with 14 points from six matches, a point ahead of Croatia, who were playing Estonia later on Saturday.

Andorra, who were missing eight first-team players through injury and suspension, rarely threatened Russia's goal as they slumped to their sixth defeat in six qualifiers.

European Championship Qualifying: Group E
Petrovski Stadium
Referee Tommy Skjerven (NOR)
Russia 4 - 0 Andorra
Alexander Kerzhakov (8)
Alexander Kerzhakov (16)
Alexander Kerzhakov (49)
Dmitri Sychev (71)

Russia Andorra
16 Viacheslav Malafeev (G) (G) Koldo Alvarez 1
27 Alexei Berezutsky (D) (D) Oscar Da Cunha 7
2 Vasili Berezutsky (D) (D) Txema Garcia 5
5 Sergei Ignashevich (D) (M) Josep Ayala 2
23 Vladimir Bystrov (M) (M) Marc Bernaus 3
20 Igor Semshov (M) (M) Jordi Escura 4
7 Dmitri Torbinsky (M) (M) Manolo Jimenez 10
18 Yuri Zhirkov (M) (M) Ruiz Justo 11
17 Konstatin Zurianov (M) (M) Marc Pujol 8
10 Andrei Arshavin (S) (M) Marcio Vieira 6
11 Alexander Kerzhakov (S) (S) Sergi Moreno 9
30 Vladimir Gabulov (G) (G) Alfonso Sanchez 13
22 Aleksandr Aniukov (D) (D) Juli Fernandez 18
25 Denis Kolodin (D) (D) Jordi Rubio 15
28 Viktor Boudianski (M) (D) Alex Somoza 16
13 Pavel Pogrebniak (S) (M) Xavi Andorra 17
9 Ivan Saenko (S) (S) Ludovic Clemente 12
26 Dmitri Sychev (S) (S) Juli Sanchez 14
A Aniukov for A Berezutsky (46) J Sanchez for O Da Cunha (57)
D Sychev for A Kerzhakov (54)
X Andorra for M Jimenez (73)
V Boudianski for Y Zhirkov (57)
A Somoza for S Moreno (88)
Yellow Cards
  Marc Pujol (18)
  Manolo Jimenez (44)

ESPNsoccernet, June 2, 2007

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