Euro 2008 update

09Jun08

Austria 0-1 Croatia

Croatia were forced to hang on against tournament co-hosts Austria to begin their Euro 2008 campaign with a win. They were gifted what proved to be a fourth-minute winner when Luca Modric drilled home a penalty after Rene Aufhauser clumsily felled Ivica Olic. Austria’s Joachim Standfest headed their best chance wide as they finished the first half in better form. And after the break Austria’s Umit Korkmaz had a stinging shot well saved and Roman Kienast headed narrowly wide. An equaliser would not have flattered a plucky Austria side who had to dig deep to recover from a terrible opening spell but failed to do so.

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Germany 2-0 Poland

Lukas Podolski’s double ensured Germany made a winning start to their Euro 2008 campaign against Poland in Klagenfurt. Polish-born Podolski put Germany on the path to a deserved victory when he slid home Miroslav Klose’s pass from close range after 20 minutes. Germany were dominant, with Poland keeper Artur Boruc saving brilliantly from Germany captain Michael Ballack. And Podolski added his second with a powerful rising volley that left Boruc helpless with 18 minutes left. It was Germany’s first victory in the tournament since they beat the Czech Republic to win Euro 96 at Wembley. And their performance at the Worthersee Stadion, in the first 45 minutes in particular, suggested that Joachim Low’s side are in the mood to make amends for previous disappointments this time around. Guerrero almost threw Poland a lifeline with seven minutes left, when his excellent cross found Southampton’s Marek Saganowski, but his near post effort was blocked by German keeper Jens Lehmann. But it was a rare moment of discomfort for Germany, who made a typically efficient and impressive start to Euro 2008.

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SOURCE : BBC SPORT

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