Euro 2008 Update


Sweden 1-2 Spain
Spain booked a Euro 2008 quarter-final spot after David Villa’s last-gasp goal sank Sweden and Russia beat Greece.Spain took the lead on 15 minutes with a clever move that ended with Fernando Torres poking home David Silva’s cross. But Sweden responded well and levelled when Zlatan Ibrahimovic met Fredrick Stoor’s cross on 34 minutes. Spain, who could have had a penalty when Johan Elmander barged Silva, were frustrated by Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson before Villa’s neat finish. Spain were far less stylish than they had been in despatching Russia in their opening match. But Villa’s goal, his fourth of the tournament, was still enough to put his side into the quarter-finals. Spain will also top Group D and avoid the in-form Netherlands in the last eight. As against Russia, they again showed neat touches in the early stages with some quick passing helping them to outmanoeuvre the hard-working Swedes.




Greece 0-1 Russia
Russia beat Greece to send the holders crashing out of Euro 2008 and set up a deciding final game against Sweden for a place in the quarter-finals. Konstatin Zyryanov scored the winner from close range in the 34th minute after Sergei Semak cashed in on Greek keeper Antonis Nikopolidis’s mistake. Angelos Charisteas wasted Greece’s best chances either side of the interval. Roman Pavlyuchenko could have added to Russia’s tally but their win sent Spain into the last eight. Sweden will be slight favourites to advance as they only need a draw in Innsbruck on Wednesday to go through from the group stages – but Russia’s confidence will be high after they rediscovered the form that led to them edging out England for a place in the tournament. Greece, in contrast, were unable to repeat the heroics that stunned Europe and resulted in them clinching the title in Portugal four years ago – paying a heavy price for a lack of cutting edge and attacking ambition. Spain are the group winners and now have the opportunity to rest key players when they face Greece in their last match before the quarter-finals.






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