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Russia 0-3 Spain



Fans wait for kick-off in the stadium

The atmosphere starts to build with fans from both nations eagerly waiting for kick-off in the penultimate game of Euro 2008

Threatening black clouds loom over the Ernst Happel Stadion

Threatening black clouds loom over the Ernst Happel Stadion as both sides warm up prior to kick-off in the semi-final

Spain's David Villa vies for the ball with Russian midfielder Yuri Zhirkov

The match gets under way in heavy rain with Spain's David Villa battling for possession with Yuri Zhirkov

Andrei Arshavin makes life tricky for Spain's midfielder Xavi Hernandez

The talented Andrei Arshavin tussles with Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez as both sides start to create openings in the rain

Fernando Torres fires an effort at Russia's keeper Igor Akinfeev

Fernando Torres has the first real opportunity, but the Spanish striker's shot is saved by keeper Igor Akinfeev

Spain lose striker Villa through injury in the 34th minute

Spain suffer a blow as they lose striker Villa through injury in the 34th minute, he is replaced by Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas

Spain's Marcos Senna and Roman Pavlyuchenko battle for the ball

Spain's Marcos Senna and Roman Pavlyuchenko battle for the ball as the uninspiring opening half ends goalless

Xavi pokes home Andres Iniesta's cross

The match sparks into life in the second half as Spain take the lead as Xavi pokes home Andres Iniesta's cross in the 50th minute

Xavi celebrates wildly after giving Spain the lead

The Spanish goalscorer celebrates wildly after providing his side with what could be a decisive goal early in the second half

Danny Guiza scores a superb second for the Spanish

Danny Guiza scores a superb second for the Spanish after latching on to Cesc Fabregas's delightful pass in the 73rd minute

David Silva wraps up the convincing win for Spain

David Silva wraps up the convincing win for Spain as he picks up a cross from the impressive Fabregas before firing home

The final whistle sparks jubilant scenes amongst the Spain players

The final whistle sparks jubilant scenes amongst the Spain players as they guide the country to their first final since 1984




European Championships Top Scorers
 
Team
TOT
Villa Spain 4
Pavluchenko Russia 3
Podolski Germany 3
Senturk Turkey 3
Yakin Switzerland 3


see also
Russia v Spain
26 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008


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