Euro 2008 Update


Croatia 2-1 Germany

Croatia claimed an impressive win over pre-tournament favourites Germany to reach the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. Darijo Srna broke the deadlock on 24 minutes when he beat Marcell Jansen to Danijel Pranjic’s cross and fired home. Croatia were gifted a second goal on 63 minutes when Ivan Rakitic’s cross came off Lukas Podolski and rebounded off the post for Ivica Olic to slot home. Podolski pulled a goal back with a late drive but Bastian Schweinsteiger’s red card ended German hopes in injury time. It was a famous victory for Croatia, and an echo of their 3-0 success over the same opposition in the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals, but it casts serious doubts over Germany’s credentials for the European crown. And, although the Germans – who face co-host Austria in their final group match – will still be fancied to qualify for the quarter-finals as group runners-up and, if so, they will face Portugal in the last eight. Germany’s misery was completed when Schweinsteiger was sent off in injury time for a shove in retaliation to a Jerko Leko tackle.



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Austria 1-1 Poland

Co-hosts Austria were given a Euro 2008 lifeline when Ivica Vastic scored a stoppage-time penalty against Poland.  English referee Howard Webb ruled that Mariusz Lewandowski hauled down Sebastian Proedl and substitute Vastic slammed the penalty past Artur Boruc. Boruc had earlier made a string of stunning saves to deny Austria, with Martin Harnik wasting two fine chances. Poland’s goal came when Roger Guerreiro converted a first-half cross from an offside position three yards out. It was a dramatic end in Vienna and both sides’ chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals remain slim, though Vastic’s goal does send Croatia through to the last eight. Austria probably deserved a point for their dominance in the first half an hour, but until Webb pointed to the spot two minutes into injury time it looked as though their chance had gone






One Response to “Euro 2008 Update”

  1. 1 George

    What a crazy game! Don’t forget about the beer promise! Baltimore SEO by Murph: Ivica Vastic wins a lifetime supply of beer

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