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Netherlands 1-3 Russia (aet)
Basel, 21 June 2008
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Dutch fans in Basel

Thousands of Dutch supporters arrive in Basel hoping their highly fancied team can secure a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2008

Russia's side before the kick-off in Basel

The Russians start as underdogs but have already shown in the tournament that they are a team to be reckoned with

Ruud van Nistelrooy challenges Russia's Denis Kolodin

Ruud van Nistelrooy challenges Russia's Denis Kolodin during the opening minutes at the St Jakob-Park stadium

Guus Hiddink

Russia's former Netherlands boss Guss Hiddink sees his team make an impressive start against his native country

Roman Pavlyuchenko heads over

The Netherlands are given an early scare when unmarked Russia forward Roman Pavlyuchenko heads over from 10 yards out

Edwin van der Sar denies Denis Kolodin

Kolodin has a shot tipped over by Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar and sees another long-range effort fly just over the bar

Edwin van der Sar saves from Andrei Arshavin

Van der Sar also produces a fine save to deny Andrei Arshavin as the Russians continue to dominate

Ruud van Nistelrooy misses

Van Nistelrooy misses the Netherlands' best chance of the first half when he fails to find the target from Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick

Marco van Basten

The Dutch are struggling and coach Marco van Basten has every reason to look concerned at half-time

Roman Pavlyuchenko scores

And Russia go ahead when Pavlyuchenko gets in front of Joris Mathijsen to nudge home Sergei Semak's 56th-minute cross

Roman Pavlyuchenko celebrates

Pavlyuchenko's goal - his third of the tournament - is no more than the Russians deserve and puts them within sight of the semi-finals

Aleksandr Anyukov misses

Russia continue to threaten the Dutch goal but defender Aleksandr Anyukov is among those who miss chances to make it 2-0

Ruud van Nistelrooy celebrates

And Russia are left to rue those misses when Van Nistelrooy stoops to head in an equaliser with four minutes of normal time remaining

Denis Kolodin is shown the red card

Russia think they have been reduced to 10 men when Kolodin is given a second yellow card following a challenge on Wesley Sneijder

Referee Lubo Michel

But referee Lubo Michel's assistant convinces him that the ball went out of play seconds before the tackle - and Kolodin stays on the field

Russia's Yuri Zhirkov appeals for a penalty

The game goes into extra time and Pavlyuchenko hits the bar before Russia appeal in vain for a penalty after Yuri Zhirkov falls in the area

Dmitri Torbinski

But there is no escape for the Dutch when Arshavin crosses from the left for Dmitri Torbinski to put Russia back in front

Arshavin scores Russia's third goal

And Russia's place in the last four is sealed when the outstanding Arshavin fires their third goal past Van der Sar

Russia goalscorer Andrei Arshavin (right) celebrates with Dmitry Sychev

The goal sparks while celebrations among the Russians - and enhances Arshavin's growing reputation

see also
Quarter-final: C1 v D2
08 May 08 |  Euro 2008

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