• FT

    Hungary

    1

    Bosnia-Herz

    0

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    Scotland

    3

    Lithuania

    1

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    Georgia

    1

    Ukraine

    1

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    Luxembourg

    0

    Slovenia

    3

  • FT

    Russia

    3

    Macedonia

    0

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    Belarus

    1

    Romania

    3

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    England

    3

    Israel

    0

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    Latvia

    1

    N Ireland

    0

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    Malta

    2

    Turkey

    2

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    Moldova

    0

    Norway

    1

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    San Marino

    0

    Czech Rep

    3

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    Serbia

    0

    Finland

    0

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    Croatia

    2

    Estonia

    0

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    Netherlands

    2

    Bulgaria

    0

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    Slovakia

    2

    Rep of Ire

    2

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    Sweden

    0

    Denmark

    0

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    Wales

    0

    Germany

    2

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    Italy

    0

    France

    0

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    Iceland

    1

    Spain

    1

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    Portugal

    2

    Poland

    2

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Referee: Tom Henning Ovrebo | Attendance: 26000

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Russia

  • Vasili Berezutsky 8'
  • Andrey Arshavin 84'
  • Alexander Kerzhakov 88'

3 - 0

FT

Russia 3-0 Macedonia: Red card no hindrance

MOSCOW, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Russia beat Macedonia 3-0 in a Euro 2008 Group E qualifier on Saturday to stay on track for next year's finals.

For that the Russians had to thank their reserve goalkeeper

Vyacheslav Malafeyev, who saved a 70th-minute penalty from Igor

Mitreski to preserve a 1-0 lead just after replacing Vladimir

Gabulov.

Gabulov was sent off in the 69th minute for a professional

foul on Velice Sumulikoski in his own penalty box.

Vasily Berezutsky put the home side ahead five minutes into

the game, slotting the ball in at the far post following Andrei

Arshavin's free kick.

Russia could easily have doubled their lead before the break

but Vladimir Bystrov missed an open goal from a tight angle in

the 21st minute and Macedonia keeper Petar Milosevski made a

fine diving save to deny Dmitry Sychev a few minutes later.

Sychev wasted another golden chance early in the second

half, shooting wide from five metres and Roman Pavlyuchenko hit

tha post before Malafeyev's heroics.

Russia captain Andrei Arshavin made it 2-0 with a great solo

effort in the 83rd minute and Sevilla striker Alexander

Kerzhakov, a second-half substitute, made sure of the win three

minutes later.

Victory moved Russia top of the group with 18 points from

eight matches, a point ahead of England, who beat Israel 3-0,

and Croatia, who were playing Estonia in a later match on

Saturday.

Russia coach Guus Hiddink said he was pleased with the

outcome but added his side were a bit lucky to escape unharmed.

'There's an unwritten law in football that says if you don't

make the score 2-0 or 3-0 before halftime, you're going to have

problems,' the Dutchman told a news conference.

'And we were almost punished with that penalty kick.

Fortunately, Malafeyev saved the game for us.'

Scoring Summary

  • Russia
  • Macedonia
 

Match Stats

  • Russia
  • Macedonia
21(10) Shots (on goal) 5(2)
8 Fouls 9
6 Corner kicks 3
4 Offsides 2
42% Time of Possession 58%
0 Yellow Cards 2
1 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 5

Teams

  • Russia
  • Macedonia
Substitutes
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Yellow Cards
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