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England strike six

England 6 Andorra 0 (Wembley 10 June 2009)
An underground strike in London had made it difficult for some supporters to find their way to Wembley, but England had no difficulty in finding the Andorran net. With only 3 minutes into the match the Andorran keeper parried Walcott's shot onto the head of Rooney who hit the bar from close range, but a minute later Glen Johnson crossed the ball for Rooney to head down past Koldo for the opener. England had to wait until the 29th minute when Walcott cut the ball back in the box for Lampard to drive home, and 10 minutes later Johnson's cross into the box was met on the run by Rooney who extended the lead. Defoe came on in the 2nd half and rose to head in the 4th in the 73rd minute, and 2 minutes later when Koldo failed to hold onto Beckham's free-kick, Defoe followed up to make it five. With 10 minutes remaining Defoe's run into the box caused panic in the Andorra defence and Crouch poked the ball over the line to make it 6-0 to England.

peter crouch
Crouch makes it 6 for England

In some of the other matches Russia distanced themselves from the Finns with a 3-0 victory in Helsinki, and Chile thumped Bolivia 4-0 at home to move into 2nd place in the South American section ahead of Paraguay who lost 2-1 away to group leaders Brazil. Palacios made it 2-0 for Ecuador in Quito after Ayovi had scored a 72nd minute screamer against Argentina who had missed a penalty through Tevez in the first half. In Asia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia played out a goalless match in Seoul, while Ali Karimi scored against the UAE in Tehran to keep Iran's hopes alive with a 1-0 win.
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