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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 June 2007, 20:26 GMT 21:26 UK
Croatia held by Russia in Zagreb
Da Silva Eduardo of Croatia and Berezuskiy Vasoly of Russia
Croatia are joint top of Group E with Israel
England's hopes of qualifying for the Euro 2008 finals received a boost as Croatia dropped two home points after sharing a goalless draw with Russia.

But Slaven Bilic's side stay top of Group E, ahead on goal difference of Israel, who beat Andorra 2-0 away.

Russia are third on 15 points, with England a point behind in fourth place.

Russia weathered sustained Croatia pressure with Eduardo da Silva missing for the home side when he shot too high from six yards in the first half.

In the second half a Da Silva shot into an empty net was charged down and Josip Simunic's looping header came off the crossbar.

The home side pressed on in the closing stages and Russia's goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev did well to keep out in two attempts a fierce shot from substitute Mladen Petric.

England, who beat Estonia 3-0 away in Tallinn, still have to play Croatia at Wembley, while Steve McClaren's side have yet to play Russia in the group.

The game between Andorra and Israel was played in atrocious conditions after torrential rain made ball control difficult.

The conditions contributed to Israel's first goal in the 38th minute when Andorra goalkeeper Koldo Alvarez failed to collect the ball as it stopped dead in a puddle.

Koldo's mistake enabled Roberto Colautti to put over a cross that Toto Tamuz headed home from close range.

Colautti scored the second in the 53rd minute when Barak Yitzhaki crossed from the right as the Argentine-born striker dived low to head in.

In the 81st minute Andorra won a penalty but substitute Juli Sanchez shot low and wide of the target.


P W D L Pts
Croatia 7 5 2 0 17
Israel 8 5 2 1 17
Russia 7 4 3 0 15
England 7 4 2 1 14
Macedonia 7 2 1 4 7
Estonia 7 0 0 7 0
Andorra 7 0 0 7 0



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