Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Uefa Euro Championships 2016

Dick Advocaat © Action Images

'Russia should not be provoked by Andorra'

Russia coach Dick Advocaat has warned his players not to let themselves get riled by Andorra and pick up "stupid cards" in Tuesday's final Euro 2012 Group B qualifier.

"The Andorrans do not play football, they play anti-football and we must be ready for their provocations," Advocaat told reporters on Monday.

"They always play hard, just like they played against us in Andorra (last September when Russia won 2-0)."

The Russians lead second-placed Ireland by two points and need only a draw against rank outsiders Andorra at home to clinch a spot at next year's finals in Poland and Ukraine.

"It's very important not to get stupid yellow or red cards in our last match, just like happened with Andrei Arshavin four years ago," the Dutchman said.

Russia captain Arshavin missed the start of the Euro 2008 finals after being banned for the first two group games for a red card in their final qualifier against the same opponents.

Four years ago, Arshavin was facing a possible three-game suspension for kicking Andorra defender Ildefons Lima in a 1-0 win that secured Russia's place in the tournament in Austria and Switzerland. Russia went on to reach the Euro 2008 semifinals.

Andorra are bottom of Group B, having lost all nine of their games so far.


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The big match myth
One of the things that make football the popular sport it is, is the simplicity. The team with the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Moaning Mourinho blasts ref, but not his team
There is an old saying (cliché) that says, “A tradesman always blames his tools.”

Sunday Oliseh
No more underdogs In African football
As I sat there at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium and watched Sierra Leone mastermind a 0-0 draw...

Segun Odegbami
The baptism of Nigeria’s new coach
Last Saturday we saw glimpses of a new Super Eagles team. It was not such a pleasant sight.