Russia defeats Liechtenstein in 2006 World Cup qualifier


MOSCOW, September 4 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has defeated Liechtenstein in the 2006 World Cup qualifier game 2:0.

The Russian team dominated the entire game. Russian players created dangerous situations near the opponent's goal every few minutes. On the third minute, Russian forward Roman Pavluchenko was knocked down by the Liechtenstein's goalie in the penalty zone. The goalie corrected the mistake, though, by stopping Sergei Ignashevich's penalty kick.

On the 27th minute, Alexei Kerzhakov deflected a shot by his Zenit teammate Andrei Arshavin into the opponent's net.

The Russian team started the second half rather passively, although it quickly regained initiative. Russia scored again on the 66th minute (Kerzhakov) and continued the pressure on Liechtenstein. Russians had several other opportunities to score, but failed to increase the lead.

After the victory in the qualifier game, Russia has moved to the second place in the group, which it shares now with Slovakia 9both teams have 18 points). Portugal, the Euro 2004 finalist, maintains the first place with 20 points and a game to spare.

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