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Hiddink through with nervy win

Russia clinched their place in Euro 2008 with a nervy 1-0 win over Group E whipping boys Andorra after rivals England slumped to a 3-2 defeat at home to already qualified Croatia on Wednesday.

Russia claimed the narrow win thanks to a 39th-minute header from striker Dmitry Sychev but they made hard work of it, missing a penalty just before halftime and playing the closing minutes with 10 men after the sending off of striker Andrei Arshavin.

The win left Guus Hiddink's side in second place in the group behind Croatia, a point ahead of England.

Defeat meant that Andorra lost all of their European champion qualifiers for the second time in succession, scoring just two goals and conceding 42 in their 12 games.

European Championship Qualifying: Group E
Final - Estadi Comunal de Aixovall. Attendance: 1000
0 - 1
    Dmitri Sychev (39)
Denis Kolodin (pen miss 45)
Andorra Russia
1 Koldo Alvarez Vladimir Gabulov 30
6 Ildefons Lima Aleksandr Aniukov 22
5 Antoni Lima Alexei Berezutsky 27
4 Oscar Sonejee Vasili Berezutsky 2
3 Marc Bernaus Denis Kolodin 25
2 Jordi Escura Diniyar Bilyaletdinov 15
10 Manolo Jimenez Yuri Zhirkov 18
11 Justo Ruiz Konstatin Zurianov 17
8 Toni Sivera Andrei Arshavin 10
12 Sergi Moreno Alexander Kerzhakov 11
7 Marcio Vieira Dmitri Sychev 26
13 Josep Anton Gomez Viacheslav Malafeev 16
16 Txema Garcia Sergei Ignashevich 5
15 Alex Somoza Ivan Saenko 9
18 Xavi Andorra Igor Semshov 20
17 Genis Garcia Roman Shirokov 14
9 Marc Pujol Dmitri Torbinsky 7
14 Gabi Riera Pavel Pogrebniak 13
J Gomez for K Alvarez (46) D Torbinsky for V Berezutsky (38)
X Andorra for M Vieira (50)
G Riera for O Sonejee (83)
Yellow Cards
Justo Ruiz (24)
Alexei Berezutsky (10)
Koldo Alvarez (45)
Ildefons Lima (46)
Antoni Lima (59)
Xavi Andorra (76)
Red Cards
  Andrei Arshavin (84)

ESPNsoccernet, Nov. 17, 2007

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