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WC Qualifiers: Easy wins for The Netherlands and Czech Republic

7 September 2005 19:34

EINDHOVEN/OLOMOUC/TAMPERE, Sep 7 (SW) - The Netherlands had an easy 4-0 win over Andorra, while the Czechs recovered from their defeat in Romania by beating Armenia 4-1.

Netherlands - Andorra 4-0

Group leaders The Netherlands needed until the 23rd minute to open the score against Andorra, through Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch were helped four minutes later, when Antoni Lima put the ball behind his own goalkeeper.

Antoni Lima fouled Van der Vaart in the 38th minute, and was yellow-carded. Phillip Cocu retaliated however and was sent off by the Hungarian referee Hanacsek.

Andorra almost scored a second own goal in the 42nd minute, but Ruud van Nistelrooy did them a favour by touching the ball last, and adding the goal to his account instead.

In the second half, Van Nistelrooy had a good chance to score another goal, but the Manchester United striker failed to convert a penalty and hit the left post. He made up for that in the 89th minute however, by setting the final score to 4-0.

Czech Republic - Armenia 4-1

It took the Czechs until the 47th minute to open the score through Marek Heinz. After that, the Armenian resistance was broken. Jan Polak doubled the lead in the 52nd minute, and a third goal was added by Milan Baros in the 58th.

In the 76th minute, Polak scored again, but Armenia got a consolation goal through Ara Hakobian in the 86th minute.

Finland - Macedonia 5-1

Finland impressed with a convincing victory over Macedonia in Tampere. Mikael Forssell scored the first two goals in the 11th and 13th minutes, and Hannu Tihinen netted the third in the 42nd.

Goran Maznov got one back for the visitors in the 49th minute, but Aleksei Eremenko replied with Finland's fourth goal, six minutes later. The fifth and last goal came from Forssell in the 62nd minute.

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