Euro 2008 Update

11Jun08

Greece 0-2 Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced a moment of magic to put Sweden on the path to a crucial Euro 2008 victory against holders Greece in Group D. Ibrahimovic scored his first goal for Sweden since 2005 with a stunning 25-yard strike after 67 minutes. Petter Hansson scrambled home Sweden’s second six minutes later to end Greece’s dogged defensive resistance. Hansson had almost given Greece the lead earlier, heading just wide of his own goal, but Sweden deserved the win. Greece looked a shadow of the side that shocked Europe in Portugal four years ago and once Sweden took the lead, Otto Rehhagel’s team never looked likely to salvage anything from a dour encounter. Sweden are now in pole position to qualify along with Spain, while Greece face the prospect of having to beat Russia on Saturday to keep the crown they won in Lisbon’s Stadium of Light in 2004. Angelos Charisteas, whose goal beat Portugal in the last final, was the main Greek danger in the first half and he tested Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson with a powerful shot after a driving run in the sixth minute. Sweden increased their lead with a scrambled second after 73 minutes. Greece had been desperately short of attacking invention but Vassilis Torosidis almost threw them a lifeline with three minutes left, forcing Isaksson into a fine block at his near post.

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Spain 4-1 Russia

David Villa scored the first hat-trick of Euro 2008 as Spain lived up to their pre-tournament billing with a fine victory over Russia in Group D. Russia started positively but were hit on the counter-attack, with Fernando Torres squaring for Villa to roll home. Konstantin Zyryanov saw a shot hit the post but then Villa prodded past Igor Akinfeyev to double the lead and after 74 minutes he drilled in a third. Roman Pavlyuchenko nodded a consolation before Cesc Fabregas headed a fourth. Spain wasted a number of openings to win by an even bigger margin and the standard of their performance would suggest a place in the quarter-finals is well within reach.

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One Response to “Euro 2008 Update”

  1. 1 Mike

    The Greeks are a long way from their 2004 form, and now they want to change their tactics. Too little too late. As for Spain, I can’t wait for the inevitable colossal final against Portugal.
    http://startingeleven.blogspot.com/2008/06/euro-2008-no-defense-for-greece-title.html


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