ALMATY - Belarus crushed Kazakhstan 5-1 in their World Cup Group Six qualifier on Wednesday – matching England's score earlier in the group – to retain a slim chance of reaching the playoffs. Kazakhstan's Renat Abdulin scored his teams's only goal with the opening score in the 10th minute from a Ruslan Baltiyev's free kick. Otherwise Belarus were more aggressive in the first half but wasted several chances to score. Three minutes into the second half, Aleksandr Hleb evened the score after a one on one with the goalkeeper. Belarus then scored three times within the next 15 minutes with a goal by Ihar Stasevich and two to Timofei Kalachev. Vitali Rodionov scored the final goal in the 88th minute.
1 April 2009
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