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Russia 2-0 Sweden & Greece 1-2 Spain
Salzburg/Innsbruck, 18 June 2008
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By Caroline Cheese

But I'm saving the best for last. Only a win over Sweden would have put Russia through and they produced one of the performances of the tournament to do it, with Andrei Arshavin the architect. For the goal that sealed the win, Arshavin - who was suspended for the first two games - starts the move near the halfway line and then charges into the box to get on the end of left-back Yuri Zhirkov's cross. What a way to announce your arrival at Euro 2008.

Arshavin seals Russia victory

How about we uncork the Champagne Moments then? Spain v Greece didn't have a lot riding on it so maybe that's why Xabi Alonso felt he could collect the ball inside his own half, look up and launch an audacious attempt at goal. Keeper Antonis Nikopolidis - in his last game for Greece - scrambles back and is massively relieved to see it go a yard wide. Well, to be fair, he doesn't see it go wide because he's colliding with the post at the time.

Alonso stunner sends Nikopolidis scrambling

2148: It's a lot closer in the Greece-Spain game but Xabi Alonso has his nose in front on 7.62 which is the best of some very average marks.
Greece v Spain player rater

2145: Russia's brilliant playmaker Andrei Arshavin is absolutely bossing Player Rater, and rightfully so. He's on 8.52, ahead of Roman Pavlyuchenko on 7.83.
Russia v Sweden player rater

2140: Wanna see the full quarter-final line up? Thought so...
Thursday - Germany v Portugal
Friday - Croatia v Turkey
Saturday - Netherlands v Russia
Sunday - Spain v Italy

2137: FULL-TIME Greece 1-2 Spain

2136: "Spain had better not be this wasteful in front of goal against Italy... erm, tidy finish from Daniel Guiza. Still think Spain have been sloppy considering the amount of chances they have created. Much improved, though, by Luis Aragones's team after the break."
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2135: FULL-TIME Russia 2-0 Sweden

2132: GOAL Greece 1-2 Spain
Daniel Guiza heads in Sergio Garcia's cross to snatch the lead for Spain. That's his first senior international goal and looks like it will earn Spain a 100% record in the group stage - only the seventh side to do that in the Euros.

2131: "Russia could have won by six goals tonight and it would have been a fair result. Sweden haven't played that badly but they have been beaten by a far, far better side."
BBC 5 Live analyst Pat Nevin

2130: Andrei Arshavin is through on goal but Andreas Isaksson is alert to the danger and smothers the shot.

2129: "If Holland and Russia are the two best counter-attacking teams, there's a possibility that their match could be a bore 'cos both teams would be waiting for the other to attack so they can counter-attack... Of course i don't make sense do I?"
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2124: Sweden have committed more men forward and it has left gaping holes at the back. Ivan Saenko squares for an unmarked Roman Pavlyuchenko, but the ball is just behind him and he screws the shot wide. Pavlyuchenko, seconds earlier, put a free header into the keeper's arms.

2122: What the blazes?! Konstantin Zyryanov's deflected shot hits the post, the cross is chipped up for Ivan Saenko, who, with the goal gaping, heads across goal. Petter Hansen eventually heads behind for the corner.

2118: Giorgos Karagounis won't be extending his yellow card record at this tournament - which I'm sure he's gutted about. He's substituted moments after Daniel Guiza spins a shot wide of the post for Spain.

2116: "The attendance has been read out in Salzburg - 30,883 including the media. They don't normally mention the media but they do normally say 'sold out' several times."
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2115: "As one of my mates has just pointed out, Arshavin's performance tonight shatters Newcastle's hopes of signing him."
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2114: Cross to the far post for Zlatan Ibrahimovic but he can't get enough power on his downward header and keeper Igor Akinfeev collects.

2112: Dutchman Wesley Sneijder is top of the pops so far among midfielders at Euro 2008 - according to users of BBC Sport's Player Rater. He has an average of 8.57, just ahead of Turan of Turkey. I think Andrei Ashavin will be racing up the charts as we speak...

2110: "Arshavin's already my player of the tournament. What a guy."
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2108: Greece close to re-taking the lead against Spain as Angelos Charisteas rounds Pepe Reina but from a tight angle hits the outside of the post.

2108: Back in Innsbruck, Andrei Arshavin makes his first mistake of the night, picking up a yellow card for a rash challenge, but seconds later he's almost through on goal before he's shoved off the ball by Fredrik Stoor, who stabs the ball towards the keeper.

2105: GOAL Greece 1-1 Spain
Daniel Guiza nods a long ball back for Ruben de la Red to smash in a ferocious volley. Keeper Antonis Nikopolidis gets his hand to it but you'd need a brick wall to stop that.

2103: "'Any chance of that boy Arshavin joining us at Charlton?"' half-jokingly bellows me stepdad from the kitchen."
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2100: Over on 606, the discussion is 'which Russia player would you buy for your team?' A tricky one. I'd take all of them except the keeper I think.

2057: So unlucky. Xabi Alonso hammers a 35-yard shot onto the inside of the post and the ball bounces away to safety. The entire stadium is shaking after that one.

2056: Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends a dangerous low cross across goal but Ignashevich is there to cut it out as Henrik Larsson lurks.

2051: GOAL Russia 2-0 Sweden
They are just fabulous to watch this Russia side. Another thrilling, free-flowing move begins with Andrei Arshavin laying the ball off near the halfway line before charging into the box to make sure he's on the end of Yuri Zhirkov's cross. Are you watching Holland?

2049: And they're back up and running in Salzburg. Only 45 minutes of the group stage to go.

2046: Off we go then in Innsbruck.

2045: "Spain have played their second team but have still been disappointing. They have not zipped the ball about like the first team and not created chances. There doesn't seem to be any togetherness. Greece are not the best of teams but they got a very good goal and it might help the game."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

2044: "Poor old Howard Webb. He seems to have really upset Giorgos Karagounis with that historic yellow card - and now the Greek player is constantly in his ear. Half-time has probably saved Karagounis from a red as he has completely lost it."
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2040: While Russia were trying to break the record for shots on goal in the first half, Greece midfielder Giorgos Karagounis did indeed enter the history books. With that yellow card for a late tackle, he breaks the record for European Championship bookings with six. Well done Giorgos!

2038: Russian pair Andrei Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko are having a mini-competition of their own over on Player Rater. Pavlyuchenko just has it at the moment on 8.41 with Arshavin on 8.30. No one else anywhere close.
Russia v Sweden player rater

2036: "That Greece goal means not one side in the Euros has failed to score."
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2034: HALF-TIME Greece 1-0 Spain

2033: Webby's got more bother to deal with as Giorgos Karagounis goes to ground and the Spanish player - Alonso was it? - smashes the ball in his face. An accident I'm sure...

2031: After upsetting the Poles in his first game Howard Webb has got on the wrong side of the Spanish for failing to award a penalty when Andres Iniesta went down in the box. The replay shows it was a good decision but the Spain players are still unhappy and Daniel Guiza and Alvaro Arbelo have gone into the book. Who would be a referee? If you fancy a go why not head over and play You Are The Ref.

2031: HALF-TIME Russia 1-0 Sweden

2030: Mikael Nilsson makes a run from left-back but the angle is always against him and the Russia keeper saves.

2028: Zlatan Ibrahimovic turns the ball into the path of Freddie Ljungberg, but his low right-foot shot is turned away for a corner by Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev.

2027: GOAL Greece 1-0 Spain
Angelos Charisteas heads in from Giorgos Karagounis free-kick. The man who scored the winner in the Euro 2004 final runs to celebrate with keeper Antonis Nikipolidis.

2025: "I haven't seen a better half an hour of football from any side so far. The way Russia are playing is right up there with the best Holland have managed."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Pat Nevin

2020: Russia are peppering the Swedish goal now and it's surely only a matter of time before they score again. Roman Pavlyuchenko clatters the bar with a measured shot and the ball rebounds off the Sweden defender and almost in for an own goal before the keeper palms it around the post. Andreas Isaksson is in action again from the corner, Yuri Zhirkov stinging his hands.

2016: "OK, right now it looks like both Croatia and Russia are getting into the quarter finals. Maybe McClaren should not have been as harshly criticised as he was..."
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2015: "It's bordering on arrogance the way Russia are passing the ball about. They look so confident. They need to remember they're only 1-0 up! It's great to watch though."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Pat Nevin

2014: "To be fair to the Greek fans if they have the hump about their team's early exit from the tournament then they are definitely not showing it. A splendid show so far, they're much better to watch than their team. "
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2012: At last some drama in Salzburg where Xabi Alonso almost scores from inside his own half. He tries to catch Antonis Nikopolidis off guard with a shot that was about a yard away from a sensational goal. The Greek captain collides into the post in the process and is winded. That would have been a terrible way to mark his last game.

2012: Sweden's first attack of note sees them come agonisingly close to an immediate reply. Anders Svensson crosses from the left and Henrik Larsson flicks a header onto the bar.

2008: GOAL Russia 1-0 Sweden
Another sizzling move from Russia and they finally put the gloss on it. Igor Semshov is played in down the right, he squares to Aleksandr Anyukov who sets up Roman Pavlyuchenko for the finish. A deserved lead for the Russians, which means they will go through as it stands.

2008: "Sweden look heavy-legged in comparison. Russia are giving them the run-around."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Pat Nevin

2007: Andrei Arshavin attempts to chip the cross up at the back post - and it almost turns out to be a wonder-goal but Andreas Isaksson claws it behind for a corner. From it, Yuri Zhirkov smashes a volley millimetres wide.

2003: This is brilliant stuff from Russia and it's all about Andrei Arshavin. The playmaker effortlessly plays in the overlapping Konstantin Zyryanov but Sweden clear the cross.

2001: Another shot from Russia, another shot from Andrei Arshavin. Wide this time. Sweden can't say they haven't been warned.

2000: Roman Pavlyuchenko crosses and this time Andrei Arshavin fails to make proper contact with his shot. Arshavin may not have his shooting boots on but he's causing all sorts of bother with his passing and movement.

1958: Decent chance for Russia. Aleksandr Anyukov delivers a dangerous cross from the right and an unmarked Andrei Arshavin glances his header wide. Poor effort really.

1955: Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson is shown a yellow card for delaying a corner. What a ridiculous booking.

1953: Petter Hansson takes an accidental smack in the mouth from Roman Pavlyuchenko. Some dentists could be in the money tonight if this continues (see 1947).

1951: Neat interchange from Russia but Konstantin Zyryanov gets in the way of Igor Semshov in the box and he's forced out wide.

1949: "Re 1930: if you lose do you get a Sheffield United ticket?"
Si, CPM, via text on 81111

1947: Early chance for Spain as Cesc Fabregas delivers the low cross but Ruben de la Red doesn't seem quite ready for it and slices his effort.

1947: Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic tries a bit of skill by flicking his leg up behind him as the ball comes into the box but he just ends up clattering poor old Sergei Ignashevitch in the head. The Russia man is groggy but OK.

1945: Off we go then. Referee Frank de Bleeckere did a little bum-wiggle there as he waiting to blow his whistle. I kid you not.

1944: "Fast approaching kick-off and there are a lot of empty seats in the Spanish end at the Wals-Siezenheim stadium in Salzburg. Either several coach loads are stuck in traffic or the Spanish aren't all that interested in their second string."
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1941: Coldplay, you make reasonable pop music, but the least you can do is respect the anthems of Russia and Greece. Honestly, I couldn't hear a thing.

1940: Incidentally, Antonis Nikopolidis may be dashingly handsome but that's not enough to get him into the top 10 of goalkeepers according to users of BBC Sport's Player Rater. Poland's Holy Goalie Artur Boruc is top with an average of 8.37 after three games. Italy's Gianluigi Buffon is only third - despite 'that' penalty save. Edwin van der Sar takes second - although he's only played two games.

1932: In the massive game in Salzburg, Greece will target only their second ever win over Spain in nine attempts. Greece midfielder Giorgios Karagounis will go for the outright record for yellow cards in European Championship games. He's on five with three other players. One more tonight and history is his.

1930: "The purchase of my Sheffield Wednesday season ticket depends on the Spain v Greece game!"
Lee, Sheffield, via text on 81111
It's literally life or death. Not literally.

1927: Apparently, keeper Antonis Nikopolidis, the George Clooney -alike, will captain Greece in his last international before retiring.

1924: Well I'm moving on anyway. Russia and Sweden have met 23 times, with Russia just edging the head-to-head with eight wins to Sweden's seven. Their last competitive match was at the 1994 World Cup when Sweden won 3-1 in the group stage.

1922: Well done, you're all very much on the ball. Spain do indeed make 10 changes tonight. Sergio Ramos is on the bench. Sergio Garcia (no, not that one) starts. Can I just say that wasn't my fault? Can I? Anyway, let's move on...

1915: "A journalist I know caught the train to Salzburg from Zurich today. He was cheerfully informed by a tout that tickets are going for 80 Euros for the Spain-Greece game. Cheapest of the tournament by all accounts."
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1907: "Re 1840: Meaningless game! I get a fiver if Greece fail to score!"
Craig, Roslin, via text on 81111
Apologies, Craig, I hadn't realised.

1903: Well done, you're all very much on the ball. Spain do indeed make only the nine changes tonight. Sergio Ramos also keeps his place in the team.

1900: Sweden are unchanged, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic recovering from a slight knee problem that forced him off at half-time in the defeat against Spain. Russia bring in inspirational forward Andrei Arshavin for the first time at Euro 2008 after he was suspended for the first two games. He replaces Dmitry Torbinsky.

1852: The team news you may not be waiting for (unless you're running a fantasy football team)... Greece midfielder Giorgos Karagounis is fit but the outgoing champions are without suspended duo Giourkas Seitaridis and Vassilis Torossidis and the injured Fanis Gekas. Loukas Vintra, Nikos Spyropoulos and Dimitris Salpigidis all come into the starting line-up. Spain make nine changes from the side that beat Sweden, with only Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos keeping their places. Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina are among the players getting a run-out.

1850: TEAMS Russia v Sweden
Russia: Akinfeev, Kolodine, Ignashevitch, Anyukov, Zyryanov, Zhirkov, Semshov, Semak, Bilyaletdinov, Pavluchenko, Arshavin. Subs: Gabulov, Malafeev, Vasili Berezutsky, Yanbaev, Alexei Berezutsky, Adamov, Torbinsky, Saenko, Shirokov, Sychev, Bystrov, Ivanov.
Sweden: Isaksson, Stoor, Nilsson, Mellberg, Hansson, Svensson, Ljungberg, Andersson, Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Elmander. Subs: Shaaban, Wiland, Linderoth, Alexandersson, Majstorovic, Granqvist, Kallstrom, Sebastian Larsson, Allback, Wilhelmsson, Rosenberg, Dorsin.

1849: TEAMS Greece v Spain
Greece: Nikopolidis, Vyntra, Kyrgiakos, Dellas, Spyropoulos, Basinas, Karagounis, Katsouranis, Salpigidis, Charisteas, Amanatidis. Subs: Chalkias, Tzorvas, Samaras, Giannakopoulos, Goumas, Antzas, Tziolis, Liberopoulos.
Spain: Reina, Arbeloa, Albiol, Juanito, Fernando Navarro, Sergio Garcia, De la Red, Alonso, Iniesta, Fabregas, Guiza. Subs: Casillas, Palop, Capdevila, Marchena, Puyol, Villa, Xavi, Torres, Santi Cazorla, Senna, Silva.

1848: Here's your early team news. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit for Sweden. Andrei Arshavin returns to the Russia line-up after suspension.

1846: As I write, I'm being serenaded by posh pop combo Coldplay, who are playing a gig at the BBC tonight. Good thing or bad thing? I'll let you decide. Still, perhaps it's an omen for Sweden, who play in Yellow. Or maybe it'll be more of a case of Russia Blood to the Head. Eh? What d'ya reckon?

1840: And look who's back in action! Howard Webb has been given the honour of refereeing Greece v Spain which is a completely meaningless game. Never mind eh Howard? Come on England.

1830: Evening all. After all the complicated permutations last night - none of which we actually needed in the end - tonight is mercifully simple. Russia must win to pip Sweden to second. The prize? A quarter-final against the Netherlands.

Group D
18 June 2008 21:40
    P GD PTS
1 Spain 3 5 9
2 Russia 3 0 6
3 Sweden 3 -1 3
4 Greece 3 -4 0



54% 46%
Wales Russia


  • 01 Hennessey
  • 03 Gunter
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Williams
  • 04 Gabbidon (74 Vokes )
  • 02 Ricketts yellow card
  • 10 Edwards
  • 07 Stock
  • 09 Ramsey
  • 11 Ledley
  • 08 Bellamy


  • 01 Akinfeev
  • 02 Aniukov yellow card
  • 04 Ignashevich
  • 05 Berezutsky
  • 08 Semshov (70 Pavlyuchenko )
  • 10 Arshavin
  • 11 Semak
  • 13 Yanbaev
  • 15 Bystrov
  • 16 Kerzhakov (84 Rebko )
  • 17 Zyryanov

Ref: Manuel de Sousa
Att: 11589



56% 44%
Greece Italy


  • 12 Tzorvas
  • 24 Vyntra yellow card
  • 04 Spyropoulos
  • 19 Papaststhopoulos
  • 05 Dellas
  • 06 Basinas (89 Ninis )
  • 22 Tziolis
  • 21 Katsouranis
  • 10 Karagounis (45 Gekas )
  • 26 Mantzios (45 Liberopoulos )
  • 14 Salpigidis (89 Pliatsikos )


  • 01 De Sanctis
  • 02 Bonera
  • 03 Grosso
  • 04 Chiellini (45 Legrottaglie )
  • 05 Cannavaro (60 Gamberini )
  • 06 De Rossi
  • 07 Camoranesi yellow card (60 Maggio )
  • 08 Gattuso
  • 10 Montolivo (45 Pepe )
  • 09 Toni (60 Gilardino )
  • 11 Rossi (69 Iaquinta )

Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 7000

see also
Russia team guide
15 May 08 |  Russia
Sweden team guide
15 May 08 |  Sweden

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