2010 World Cup qualifiers: England hit Andorra for six; Easy wins for Holland, Russia & Sweden; Brazil beat Paraguay while Argentina fall to Ecuador

England 6 – Andorra 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) England took three and a half minutes before scoring past lowly Andorra, Wayne Rooney heading home a Johnson cross at the back post. The second arrived just before the half hour, Theo Walcott’s cutback was confidently converted by Frank Lampard, and England soon struck again when the Johnson-Wayne Rooney combination combined for the second time in the match to purposeful effect. The one-way traffic continued in the second half, Jermain Defoe came off the bench to head in number four from yet another Johnson cross, before Defore grabbed his second following up from a David Beckham free-kick. Peter Crouch completed the rout ten minutes from time.

Fabio Capello’s post match interview can be seen here.

Holland 2 – Norway 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Norway fell behind in Holland just after the half hour when Andre Ooijer headed home a Van der Vaart dead-ball. The Oranje doubled their advantage with a slick attack involving Van der Vaart and Van Persie, finished by Arjen Robben, in the 51st minute.

Finland 0 – Russia 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) After Aleksandr Kerzhakov broke through the Finland backline after 26 minute the home defence were always struggling , and the striker rounded the goalie before calmly rolling the ball into the net. The Finns only had themselves to blame for conceding the second after the break, a series of errors at the back gifted Russia the goal scoring opportunity which Aleksandr Kerzhakov eventually finished. Russia’s third was class, a pacey attack saw the ball played to the left-hand side were Konstantin Zyrianov advanced into the box and rifled the ball high into the net.

Sweden 4 – Malta 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Sweden moved ahead of minnows Malta when Kim Kallstrom had the simple job of nodding the ball into an empty goal after Rasmus Elm had struck the post with a volley. After the break the cameras caught Zlatan slapping a Malta player in the face, and when the footage returned Daniel Majstorovic was on hand to power home a corner to double Sweden’s lead. The third followed soon after, Zlatan Ibrahimovic bundled his way through the Malta defence and beat the keeper with a chip. Zlatan then turned provider for number four, crossing for Marcus Berg at the far post to complete a whirlwind six minute spell.

Ukraine 2 – Kazakhstan 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The shock was on the cards in the Ukraine after 18 minutes as Tanat Nusserbayev put Kazakhstan in front with a close-range header after the visitors had skillfully played their way through the home defence. The lead lasted until the 32nd minute when Sergey Nazarenko curled a perfect free-kick into the top corner. Minutes after the break the comeback was complete when Sergey Nazarenko fired the ball through the keepers legs.

Faroe Islands 0 – Serbia 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Serbia edged closer to qualification after goals from Milan Jovanovic and Neven Subotic gave them the points in the Faroe Islands.

Macedonia 2 – Iceland 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Aco Stojkov fired the Macedonians into an early lead with a neat header after a surging run and cross by Filip Despotovski. Filip Ivanovski sealed the win in the 85th minute with a close range effort.

Brazil 2 – Paraguay 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Dunga’s side let in a rare goal midway through the opening period when Salvador Cabanas’s free-kick took a deflection off Elano and beat Julio Cesar. Parity was restored when Robinho finished from a tight angle from a Dani Alves cross and Nilmar scored the winner in the second-half, pouncing on some good fortune in the box.

Ecuador 2 – Argentina 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Argentina lost yet again at high altitude to put their qualification for the World Cup in doubt. Carlos Tevez saw his penalty saved by Marcelo Elizaga in the first-half and the home side took advantage late on with goals from Walter Ayovi (great strike) and Pablo Palacios.

Chile 4 – Bolivia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Two wins in four days have moved Chile up to second in South American World Cup qualifying and they are almost assured of a place in South Africa. Jean Beausejour, Marco Estrada scored the first two and Alexis Sanchez claimed a brace.

Colombia 1 – Peru 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Radamel Falcao scored the only goal from close range in the 26th minute.

Venezuela 2 – Uruguay 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Tomas Rincon put the home side in front only for second-half goals from Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan to turn the game on its head. A trademark free-kick from Jose Manuel Rey tied the game.

Mexico 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Guillermo Franco chipped Mexico in front only Hayden Tinto to equalise in first-half injury time following poor defending. Oscar Rojas claimed the winner with a blistering strike from long distance.

Honduras 1 – El Salvador 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Carlos Pavon’s solitary goal means Honduras are third in CONCACAF qualifying.

Australia 2 – Bahrain 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After a goalless first half in Australia, the already-qualified Socceroos broke the deadlock against Bahrain when a cushion pass from Harry Kewell was converted by Derby’s Mile Sterjovski after the visiting defence failed to clear their lines. The Aussies wrapped up the win three minutes from time when David Carney followed up Culina’s lovely overhead-kick which rebounded off the post.

Japan 1 – Qatar 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Japan needed just three minutes to score against Qatar, Al-Binali turned a right-wing cross into his own net under pressure at the near post. The Qataris pulled level 10 minutes into the second half when Ali Yahya tucked home a penalty.

Iran 1 – UAE 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) Ali Karimi sowed up the match in the 53rd minute, the midfielder picked up the ball outside the D, danced the way into the box before picking his spot in the far corner.

South Korea 0 – Saudi Arabia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 10, 2009) With the Koreans already qualified, the result moved the Saudis even with North Korea for second place in the group with the sides now set for a winner-takes-all showdown next Wednesday.