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Spain 1-0 Germany

Spain claimed their first major title for 44 years after winning Euro 2008 with a deserved victory over Germany. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was Spain’s goal hero, striking after 33 minutes when he cleverly lifted Xavi’s pass over Germany keeper Jens Lehmann.Spain dominated the final throughout, with Torres heading against the post and Marcos Senna almost adding a second from close range after 80 minutes.Michael Ballack came close for Germany, shooting narrowly wide after the break.

MATCH STATS

Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Metzelder, Mertesacker, Lahm (Jansen 46), Hitzlsperger (Kuranyi 58), Frings, Podolski, Ballack, Schweinsteiger, Klose (Gomez 79).
Subs Not Used: Enke, Adler, Fritz, Westermann, Rolfes, Neuville, Trochowski, Borowski, Odonkor.

Booked: Ballack, Kuranyi.

Spain: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Puyol, Marchena, Capdevila, Senna, Iniesta, Fabregas (Alonso 63), Xavi, Silva (Santi Cazorla 66), Torres (Guiza 78).
Subs Not Used: Palop, Reina, Albiol, Fernando Navarro, Villa, Sergio Garcia, Arbeloa, Juanito, De la Red.

Booked: Casillas, Torres.

Goals: Torres 33.

Att: 51,428

Ref: Roberto Rosetti (Italy).

HIGHLIGHTS

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Torres Interview

Alonso Interview


OK people, so these days are turning out to be some of the busiest days of my life. I almost have no time for blogging, so unfortunately I won’t be able to post frequently [ sorry for saying this the umpteenth time but thats the way it is ūüė¶ ].

Hope to be back to regular blogging soon.

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MEN’S NEWS

Nadal cruised past German qualifier Andreas Beck 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-0) in two hours 19 minutes.

Andy Murray safely negotiated his opening match at Wimbledon, but not without some nervous moments against wily Frenchman Fabrice Santoro. The British number one, seeded 12th, came through 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-5) to set up a meeting with Xavier Malisse.

Nikolay Davydenko’s miserable Wimbledon record continued on Tuesday when the fourth seed was stunned in straight sets by Germany’s Benjamin Becker. Becker converted four of his five break points to seal a fine 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.

Two-time finalist Andy Roddick, seeded six, brushed aside the Argentine Eduardo Schwank 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/0).

Becker, 27, was broken by Davydenko once but sent down 10 aces to help set up a match with Arnaud Clement after the Frenchman beat Jonas Bjorkman 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

“First round matches are always a little uncomfortable at any grand slam,” said Roddick, who is joined in the second round by ninth seed James Blake after he beat Christophe Rochus 3-6 6-3 6-1 6-4.

The unseeded Grosjean enjoyed a similarly comfortable passage, cruising to a 6-2 7-5 6-1 victory over Italy’s Potito Starace.

Paul-Henri Mathieu, seeded 14, recovered from an uncharacteristically sluggish first set to drop just four games in the subsequent three to overcome Oscar Hernandez 3-6 6-2 6-0 6-2, while Gilles Simon sailed to a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Dawid Olejniczak.

In the battle of the Czechs, 16th seed Radek Stepanek ousted Jan Hernych 6-3 7-5 6-0 and the unseeded Serb Viktor Troicki awaits him in round two after he beat Nicolas Lapentti, who retired hurt.

British number one Andy Murray’s French Open campaign was ended by Nicolas Almagro and the Argentine showed his talents extend beyond clay by dispensing of Marcel Granollers-Pujol in four sets.

Tommy Robredo has made only one previous appearance at SW19, which ended in a third-round defeat in 2003, but he generally seemed at ease during his 6-1 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 win against Kristof Vliegen of Belgium.

Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen was the first man through on day two when the 24th seed benefited from Wayne Odesnik’s retirement at 6-3 0-0.

Another seed to ease through his first-round match was number 27 Nicolas Kiefer, appearing at the All England Club for the 11th time.

The 30-year-old German beat Julien Benneteau 6-1 7-5 6-3 and will now play Argentina’s Martin Vassallo Arguello, a five-set winner against Ivo Minar.

Another big name to fall was number 26 seed Ivan Ljubicic. Ljubicic fought back from losing the first two sets against Jurgen Melzer, only to succumb to the unseeded German in the fifth.

WOMEN’S NEWS

Third seed Maria Sharapova shrugged off a minor second-set downturn to claim a 6-1 6-4 victory over Stephanie Foretz in the first round at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams opened her Wimbledon title defence with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 win over Naomi Cavaday, despite a spirited display from the Briton.

Second seed Jelena Jankovic also had a straightforward passage with a 6-3 6-2 win over Ukraine’s Olga Savchuk.

Meanwhile, veteran Ai Sugiyama set a new record for consecutive appearances in Grand Slam tournaments. The 32-year-old beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-4 6-2 in her 57th consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam, beating the previous record of South Africa’s Wayne Ferreira.

Another 32-year-old, 1999 champion and 25th seed Lindsay Davenport, battled through injury to record a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win over Renata Voracova.

Ninth seed Dinara Safina held off a spirited first-set challenge from Yung-Jan Chan to seal a 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 win, while Daniela Hantuchova, Vera Zvonareva and Nadia Petrova all had good workouts before sealing victories.

Fellow seeds Victoria Azarenka, Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Sybille Bammer and Caroline Wozniacki also progressed to the second round.

India’s Sania Mirza, the 32nd seed, recorded a scrappy 7-6 3-6 6-4 win over Colombia’s Catalina Castano as she continued her comeback from a wrist injury.

But 23rd seed Katarina Srebotnik fell to an epic 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 16-14 defeat at the hands of Germany’s Julia Goerges.

HIGHLIGHTS

Williams v Cavaday

Murray v Santoro

Full Highlights

BBC SPORT


MEN’S NEWS

World no.1 Roger Federer won the first 11 points against Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty on his way to a crushing 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.

Third seed Novak Djokovic also made progress but had to work much harder to beat Michael Berrer 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-0.

Men’s seventh seed David Nalbandian¬† lost¬†to¬† world number 95 Frank Dancevic of Canada¬†6-4 6-2 6-4 in just 96 minutes.

Hewitt, seeded 20th, was given a stern test before beating Dutchman Robin Haase 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-2.

But 18th seed Ivo Karlovic lost 6-4 6-7 (7-4) 3-6 5-7 to Simon Stadler.

The number 30 seed Gael Monfils bowed out of Wimbledon before a ball was hit. The 21-year-old Frenchman was due to play Chris Guccione but withdrew from SW19 with a right shoulder injury.

Fifth seed David Ferrer raced into a two-set lead against Sergiy Stakhovsky before the Ukrainian retired at 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 1-3.

Mario Ancic was leading 31st seed Michael Llodra 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 2-0 when the Frenchman quit.

Marcos Baghdatis, seeded 10, moved into the second round with a 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 victory over Belgium’s Steve Darcis.

In a battle of two 33-year-olds, Sweden’s Johansson lost the first two sets to Vince Spadea before mounting a stunning comeback to win 6-7 (10-8) 6-7 (7-5) 6-3 6-4 6-3.

Tomas Berdych struggled for consistency throughout his tie against 20-year-old Evgeny Korolev, eventually seeing off the Russian, ranked 78 in the world, 4-6 6-1 6-4 3-6 7-5.

Fernando Gonzalez, the 15th seed, overcame Robby Ginepri 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5 and now takes on Simone Bolelli after the Italian dispatched British wildcard Alex Bogdanovic in four sets.

Juan Carlos Ferrero, seeded 21, looked to be in trouble when he lost the first set against 20-year-old American Sam Querrey.

But the clay specialist battled back to prevail 2-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 and will now play the unseeded German Mischa Zverev, who beat Alexander Peya 6-3 6-4 6-4.

Ferrero’s fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez joined him in round two by beating Brian Dabul of Argentina 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-3 6-4 and now plays Roko Karanusic, a straights-sets victor over Luis Horna.

Italy’s Andreas Seppi was another seed (29) to lose his opening set, to Tobias Kamke, but he was rarely troubled thereafter and came through 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-4.

Progress was far smoother for Marat Safin, the two-time Grand Slam winner storming to a 6-1 6-2 7-6 (7-3) win against Fabio Fognini, which sets up an encounter with world number three Novak Djokovic.

The big-serving Swede Robin Soderling beat Kevin Kim 7-5 0-6 6-3 6-4 to set up a match against world number one Federer.

FULL RESULTS

Gicquel Fra bt Nishikori JPN 4-6 7-5
Tie-break Scores
Bolelli ITA bt Bogdanovic GB 7-6 4-6 6-3 7-6
Tie-break Scores
(7-4) (7-4)
Gonzalez Chi 15
bt Ginepri US 7-6 7-5 7-5
Tie-break Scores
(7-3)
Berdych Cze 11
bt Korolev RUS 4-6 6-1 6-4 3-6 7-5
Tie-break Scores
Montanes Spa bt Berlocq Arg 6-3 7-6 6-4
Tie-break Scores
(7-2)
Serra Fra bt Lu Tpe 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-3
Tie-break Scores
(3-7)
Seppi ITA 29
bt Kamke Ger 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-4
Tie-break Scores
Federer Swi 1
bt Hrbaty SVK 6-3 6-2 6-2
Tie-break Scores
Zverev Ger bt Peya Aut 6-3 6-4 6-4
Tie-break Scores
Del potro Arg bt Snobel Cze 6-4 6-2 6-3
Tie-break Scores
Wawrinka Swi 13
bt Daniel Brz 6-3 6-2 7-5
Tie-break Scores
Baghdatis Cyp 10
bt Darcis Bel 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-3
Tie-break Scores
(5-7)
Johansson Swe bt Spadea US 6-7 6-7 6-3 6-4 6-3
Tie-break Scores
(8-10) (5-7)
Bellucci Brz bt Kunitsyn RUS 7-6 7-6 3-6 6-2
Tie-break Scores
(7-5) (7-5)
Soderling Swe bt Kim US 7-5 0-6 6-3 6-4
Tie-break Scores
Bozoljac Ser bt Guccione Aus 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3
Tie-break Scores
Verdasco Spa 22
bt Kohlschreiber Ger 6-4 6-3 6-2
Tie-break Scores
Hewitt Aus 20
bt Haase Ned 6-7 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-2
Tie-break Scores
(4-7) (1-7)
Lopez Spa 31
bt Dabul Arg 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-4
Tie-break Scores
(7-1)
Petzschner Ger bt Lee KOR 6-7 6-1 6-4
Tie-break Scores
(4-7)
Andreev RUS bt Vanek Cze 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-2
Tie-break Scores
(6-8) (7-2)
Ferrer Spa 5
bt Stakhovsky UKR 7-6 6-3 1-3
Tie-break Scores
(8-6)
Djokovic Ser 3
bt Berrer Ger 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-0
Tie-break Scores
Safin RUS bt Fognini ITA 6-1 6-2 7-6
Tie-break Scores
(7-3)
Stadler Ger bt Karlovic Cro 18
4-6 7-6 6-3 7-5
Tie-break Scores
(7-4)
Karanusic Cro bt Horna PER 7-6 6-3 6-1
Tie-break Scores
(7-4)
Reynolds US bt Volandri ITA 6-2 6-2
Tie-break Scores
Hanescu Rom bt Falla Col 6-3 6-7 6-0 6-4
Tie-break Scores
(2-7)
Rochus Bel bt Sela ISR 6-4 7-5 6-4
Tie-break Scores
Dancevic Can bt Nalbandian Arg 7
6-4 6-2 6-4
Tie-break Scores
Ancic Cro bt Llodra Fra 32
6-4 7-6 2-0
Tie-break Scores
(9-7)
Ferrero Spa 21
bt Querrey US 2-6 6-4 6-4 6-4

WOMEN’S NEWS

Top seed Ana Ivanovic needed just 58 minutes to beat Rossana de los Rios 6-1 6-2 in her opening match at Wimbledon.

Former champion Serena Williams came through a testing clash with Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi to seal a 7-5 6-3 victory.

Fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia was in trouble after losing the first set against qualifier Mathilde Johansson of France.

The 2004 US Open winner was also a break down in the second, but she battled back to win 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-3.

Amelie Mauresmo, the Wimbledon champion in 2006, had no such problems and put a disappointing run of form behind her – she has slipped to 33 in the world rankings and is seeded 22nd – to beat Ashley Harkleroad 6-4 6-3.

Last year’s beaten finalist Marion Bartoli was similarly convincing in her 6-2 6-4 victory against Sabine Lisicki.

However, 12th seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland crashed out, losing 6-4 3-6 6-1 to Australian Casey Dellacqua.

Virginie Razzano was the first seed to exit on Monday after the 27th ranked Frenchwoman lost 0-6 6-2 6-4 to Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina.

Seventeenth seed Alize Cornet, 19th seed Maria Kirilenko and Dominika Cibulkova, the 30th seed, also went out at the first stage.

Qualifier Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who at 16 is the youngest player in the women’s draw, beat France’s Cornet 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4), China’s Jie Zheng knocked out Slovakian Cibulkova 6-4 6-3 and Vera Dushevina saw off fellow Russian Kirilenko 6-3 6-3.

Eighteenth seed Nicole Vaidisova had no such problems though, as she cruised past fellow Czech Zuzana Ondraskova 6-2 6-2.

Eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze came back from losing the first set to oust Stephanie Dubois of Canada 2-6 6-1 8-6, while 14th seed Agnieszka Radwanska, the Eastbourne champion, saw off Iveta Benesova 6-3 6-0.

Baltacha GB   bt Kerber Ger   6-3 2-6 7-5
Tie-break Scores
     
Zheng Chn   bt Cibulkova SVK 30 6-4 6-3  
Tie-break Scores
     
Medina garrigues Spa   bt Yan Chn   6-3 6-0  
Tie-break Scores
     
Szavay Hun 15 bt Garbin ITA   6-1 6-3  
Tie-break Scores
     
Dellacqua Aus   bt Schnyder Swi 12 6-4 3-6 6-1
Tie-break Scores
     
Parmentier Fra   bt Amanmuradova Uzb   7-5 6-4  
Tie-break Scores
     
Stosur Aus   bt Olaru Rom   6-2 6-2  
Tie-break Scores
     
Vaidisova Cze 18 bt Ondraskova Cze   6-2 6-2  
Tie-break Scores
     
Rodina RUS   bt Razzano Fra 27 0-6 6-2 6-4
Tie-break Scores
     
Vesnina RUS   bt Llagostera vives Spa   6-7 6-4 6-4
Tie-break Scores
(6-8)    
Gallovits Rom   bt Meusburger Aut   6-1 6-2  
Tie-break Scores
     
Bondarenko UKR 28 bt South GB   6-3 6-7 6-4
Tie-break Scores
  (1-7)  
Pavlyuchenkova RUS   bt Cornet Fra 17 7-6 7-6  
Tie-break Scores
(8-6) (7-4)  
Dechy Fra   bt Yuan Chn   6-7 6-3 6-0
Tie-break Scores
(7-9)    
Li Chn   bt Rodionova Aus   3-6 6-0 6-1
Tie-break Scores
     
Ruano pascual Spa   bt Sequera Ven   6-1 6-4  
Tie-break Scores
     
Domachowska Pol   bt Craybas US   6-1 3-6 6-4
Tie-break Scores
     
Radwanska Pol 14 bt Benesova Cze   6-3 6-0  
Tie-break Scores
     
Bartoli Fra 11 bt Lisicki Ger   6-2 6-4  
Tie-break Scores
     
Perebiynis UKR   bt Kvitova Cze   6-4 0-6 6-4
Tie-break Scores
     
Mattek US   bt Bremond Fra   5-7 6-0 6-1
Tie-break Scores
     
Dushevina RUS   bt Kirilenko RUS 19 6-3 6-3  
Tie-break Scores
     
Mauresmo Fra 29 bt Harkleroad US   6-4 6-3  
Tie-break Scores
     
Radwanska Pol   bt Zakopalova Cze   6-1 6-4  
Tie-break Scores
     
Williams US 6 bt Kanepi Est   7-5 6-3  
Tie-break Scores
     
Ivanovic Ser 1 bt De los rios Par   6-1 6-2  
Tie-break Scores
     
Chakvetadze RUS 8 bt Dubois Can   2-6 6-1 8-6
Tie-break Scores
     
Kuznetsova RUS 4 bt Johansson Fra   6-7 7-5 6-3
Tie-break Scores
(5-7)    
Bondarenko UKR   bt Fujiwara JPN   1-6 6-4 6-3
Tie-break Scores
     
Zahlavova strycova Cze   bt Pin Fra   7-5 4-6 7-5

HIGHLIGHTS

Men’s Matches

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Women’s Matches

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Day One Highlights

Ivanovic’s Interview

Federer’s Interview


Spain 0-0 Italy (4-2 penalties)
Spain beat Italy 4-2 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2008 after a dour goalless draw in Vienna. Marcos Senna came closest in normal time when Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon fumbled his shot on to a post. Spain keeper Iker Casillas was the hero in the shoot-out, saving from Daniele de Rossi and Antonio di Natale. Daniel Guiza saw his spot-kick saved by Buffon, but Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas slid home the crucial penalty to set up a last four clash with Russia.¬†The game never touched the heights and penalties was an almost inevitable outcome given the approach of both sides. There will now be an intriguing backdrop to the semi-final in Vienna on Thursday, with Spain having beaten Russia – admittedly minus the inspirational Andrei Arshavin – 4-1 in a group game earlier in the competition. And it was a change of fortune for the Spanish, who have gone out of three major championships on 22 June, the World Cups of 1986 and 2002 and Euro ’96 – all in the quarter-finals on penalties. In the penalties¬†Villa and Fabio Grosso exchanged successful penalties and Cazorla scored for Spain before Casillas saved brilliantly from De Rossi. Senna and Camoranesi scored, but when Buffon saved from Guiza Italy were back in contention – only for Casillas to repeat his heroics to stop Di Natali’s spot-kick. Fabregas, on as substitute, was left to settle the affair and calmly beat Buffon to spark wild Spanish celebrations.

HIGHLIGHTS

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Brazilian Felipe Massa was handed victory in the French Grand Prix when Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen ran into problems with a broken exhaust. Raikkonen was in control of a race dominated by Ferrari when his right-hand exhaust cracked at half-distance. But such was Ferrari’s advantage that Raikkonen held on to second place. Jarno Trulli marked Toyota’s best race of the season with third while Lewis Hamilton was 10th after falling foul of officials for the second race in a row.¬†It was always going to be a difficult race for the Englishman following his 10-place grid penalty for crashing into the back of Raikkonen in the pits in the previous race in Canada. But the 23-year-old made it even harder for himself by cutting the Nurburgring chicane in the process of passing Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel as he sought to make up places on the opening lap. That led to a drive-through penalty, the most lenient punishment available to the stewards for the offence, which cost him any realistic chance of scoring points. Trulli dedicated his win to former Toyota team boss Ove Andersson, who was killed in a rally accident last week. Red Bull’s Mark Webber held off the Renaults of Nelson Piquet Jr, having his most competitive race of the season, and Fernando Alonso for sixth place. Alonso lost seventh to his team-mate, who scored his first points of the season, when he ran wide with two laps to go while lapping Force India’s Adrian Sutil. The win, Massa’s third of the season, puts him into the lead of the championship, two points clear of Robert Kubica, with Raikkonen a further three adrift.

Official result of French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours:

1 Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari one hour 31 minutes 50.245 seconds
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 17.984 seconds
3. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota +28.250
4. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes +28.929
5. Robert Kubica (Pol)BMW Sauber +30.512
6. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault +40.304
7. Nelson Piquet (Brz) Renault +41.033
8. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault +43.372
9. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault +51.072
10. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes +54.521
11. Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota +57.738
12. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari +58.065
13. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber +1:02.079
14. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda one lap behind
15. Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota one lap
16. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1 lap
17. Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1 lap
18. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari 1 lap
19. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari 1 lap
R Jenson Button (GB) Honda 16 laps completed

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, one minute 16.630 seconds, lap 16

Key: R = retired

HIGHLIGHTS

POST RACE [Video]


Netherlands 1-3 Russia (aet)

Russia’s Andrei Arshavin was the architect as they dumped Netherlands out of Euro 2008 after extra time. Russia took the lead in normal time when Roman Pavlyuchenko volleyed home, only for Ruud van Nistelrooy to head in an 86th-minute leveller for the Dutch. But the brilliant Arshavin tormented Netherlands throughout and he crossed for Dmitri Torbinski to prod home. Arshavin then sealed a semi-final spot in the 116th minute as he ran through and fired low past Edwin van der Sar. Russia almost had to play with 10 men in extra time after Denis Kolodin was sent off by Lubos Michel in stoppage time, only for the referee to reverse his decision after a chat with one of his assistants. It was the first European Championship quarter-final that did not have to be decided by penalties after going into extra time and was just reward for another spellbinding performance from the young Russians and their destroyer-in-chief Arshavin.¬†The 27-year-old, who missed Russia’s first two Euro 2008 games through suspension, was in electric form and as Netherlands tired in the extra period, they could not get near him. It was a triumph too for Russia’s Dutch coach Guus Hiddink and his side will now meet either Spain or Italy in Vienna on Thursday in the semi-finals.
BBC SPORT

HIGHLIGHTS

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Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa will start Sunday’s French Grand Prix from the front row in Magny-Cours. Finn Raikkonen secured pole position with a lap of one minute, 16.449 seconds, with Massa 0.041 secs behind. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, demoted 10 places after a pit-lane crash in Montreal, will start from 13th after finishing third in a time of 1:16.693. Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was given a five-place penalty for blocking Mark Webber and now starts in 10th. Renault’s Fernando Alonso and Toyota’s Jarno Trulli will share the second row. Kovalainen had been set to start in fifth but was later hit by a penalty for impeding Webber when the Australian was on his fast lap. Championship leader, BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica, will now occupy fifth on the grid. The BMW Saubers struggled for pace at the Circuit de Nevers, with Kubica’s team-mate Nick Heidfeld only narrowly avoiding being dumped out in the first qualifying session before having to settle for 11th on the grid. The Red Bulls of Mark Webber and David Coulthard delivered another consistent performance to start in sixth and seventh ahead of Toyota’s Timo Glock and Renault’s Nelson Piquet.

Qualifying results for the French Grand Prix

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1m 16.449
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:16.490
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:16.693 *
4. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 1:16.840
5. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:16.920
6. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) McLaren 1:16.944 **
7. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 1:17.037
8. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:17.233
9. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 1:17.426
10. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota 1:17.596
11. Nelson Piquet (Brazil) Renault 1:15.770
12. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:15.786
13. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:15.816
14. Sebastien Bourdais (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:16.045
15. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota 1:16.235 *
16. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) Williams – Toyota 1:16.243
17. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1:16.306
18. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1:16.330
19. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Force India – Ferrari 1:16.971
20. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Ferrari 1:17.053

* = will be demoted 10 places on the grid

** = will be demoted five places on the grid


Croatia 1-1 Turkey (1-3 penalties)

 

 

Turkey will meet Germany in the Euro 2008 semi-final after beating Croatia 3-1 on penalties after a dramatic extra-time finale in Vienna. Ivan Klasnic headed Croatia in front with seconds left – only for Turkey’s Semih Senturk to volley the equaliser with the last kick of the game.Arda Turan, Semih and Hamit Altintop scored in the shoot-out for Turkey.Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic missed for Croatia and Turkey keeper Rustu saved the deciding kick from Mladen Petric. It was astonishing finish to a dreadful game, especially for Turkey keeper Rustu, who made an awful error that looked to have given Crotia victory before his free-kick set up Semih for the leveller as referee Roberto Rosetti prepared to blow the final whistle. Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, who had celebrated what he thought was a famous victory with his players only seconds earlier, could not lift his deflated players and they looked a beaten side even before the penalty shoot-out. Turkey, in contrast grasped the lifeline and Euro 2008’s great survivors and late show specialists were through again, having led matches for only nine minutes in the entire tournament. They face a huge task against Germany, however, after losing Arda, Tuncay Sanli and Emre Asik to suspensions after they were given yellow cards – and with keeper Volkan Demirel already out in similar circumstance. But Fatih Terim’s side must believe destiny is on their side after another remarkable escape act to follow their last-minute win against the Czech Republic that put them in the last eight.

HIGHLIGHTS

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