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Austria 0-1 Germany & Poland 0-1 Croatia
Vienna/Klagenfurt, 16 June 2008
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Austria 0-1 Germany
Poland 0-1 Croatia


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By Caroline Cheese

2200: And finally, Champagne Moment number two is of course Ivan Klasnic's smart finish which earned Croatia a 100% record in Group B. Klasnic twice underwent kidney transplant surgery in 2007 and wears a fibreglass shield to protect him on the pitch.

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Klasnic strike seals Croatia win

2155: And by the way, Poland keeper Artur Boruc has played an absolute blinder according to users of our Player Rater. The Celtic man has averaged what can only be described as a whopping 8.27, which makes him not only the highest-rated goalkeeper in Euro 2008 to date, but the fifth best player overall. Goodness.
Poland v Croatia player rater

2153: And while it's no Champagne Moment, can I just give an honourable mention to the sendings-off of both the managers in the same game. I especially enjoyed Joachim Low's hands-on-hips stance as he contemplates the madness.

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Ref sends both managers packing in Vienna

2149: As stonecoldsober points out over on 606, there ain't a lot of competition for tonight's Champagne Moments. Number one is of course Michael Ballack's brilliant free-kick, the first of this tournament.

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Ballack blasts Germany ahead

2145: What's that you say? You want to know who's top of the pops in Player Rater? Well I can tell you. Michael Ballack with 7.10 is the man of the match from Germany's 1-0 win for that thunderous free-kick. Mario Gomez, incidentally, still can't even break the three mark. Poland keeper Artur Boruc is a country mile ahead of everyone else from the other game, after a string of wonder saves.
Austria v Germany player rater
Poland v Croatia player rater

2144: "If team spirit and unity counts for anything then don't rule out Croatia when you're trying to work out who is going to win this tournament. Nine points out of nine ain't bad."
BBC Sport blogger Fletch at the Worthersee Stadium

2139: So Germany knock out the co-hosts and will go on to face Portugal in the quarter-finals on 19 June. Croatia, who had already sealed top spot in Group B before their win over Poland, will meet Turkey on 20 June.

2136: FULL-TIME Poland 0-1 Croatia

2136: FULL-TIME Austria 0-1 Germany

2136: Oliver Neuville should wrap it up for Germany but shoots wide of the post and that's your lot...

2134: Torsten Frings fizzes a shot wide of the post. Germany look the more likely scorers in the closing stages. Austria boss Josef Hickersberger, banished to the stands in the first half, is slumped down in his seat with his arms folded. I think he senses the game might be up.

2132: Nice build-up from Germany and Miroslav Klose has a chance to put them 2-0 up - but Jurgen Macho, despite struggling with a back injury, makes the save.

2130: "It's getting close the that mad five-minute time boys... will it happen again, will lightning strike twice in this crazy tournament??"
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Austria scoring twice? Never going to happen. Sorry.

2126: "All too much for a somewhat emotional Ivan Klasnic. It took the goalscorer several minutes to take his seat in the dug-out after he was substituted as just about every other member of the Croatian squad and backroom staff hugged him."
BBC Sport blogger Fletch at the Worthersee Stadium

2124: Andreas Ivanschitz, the David Beckham of Austria, takes the ball past the defender and into the box but Philipp Lahm's tackle denies him the shooting opportunity.

2122: "Re 2113: it just goes to show that you can't trust the general public to vote for anything. I saw Robbie Williams get number three in an all time best lyrics public poll for 'Strong'."
Craig from Preston, via text on 81111
A remarkable text. To be fair, Ballack's hardly had a sparkling tournament - until that free-kick.

2120: Perhaps I have been spoiled by the humdingers we have witnessed over the last week or so, but these games haven't exactly captured the imagination. I want to fast-forward to tomorrow night already.

2116: "David Blaine is apparently gutted. He has discovered his 44-day record of doing nothing in a box has been smashed by Mario Gomez."
Sam M, London, via text on 81111

2113: My colleague Danny the Stat provides this fascinating titbit: Michael Ballack is currently not even rated in the top 10 of midfielders at Euro 2008 as voted by users of our Player Rater. Arjen Robben and Wesley Snejder of Holland are well clear with an average of 8.65 and 8.57 respectively. Ballack has an average of 6.52, although with that spanker of a free-kick, I suspect he'll be moving up the table soon.
Austria v Germany player rater

2112: "Some Croat fans have let off a flare, smoke drifting across the pitch accompanied by smell of sulphur. Cue loud music followed by a very obvious "no flares" sign on the big screen next to another sign informing us that waving your scarf is fine. Very generous of Uefa to allow that."
BBC Sport blogger Fletch at the Worthersee Stadium

2110: A vital challenge from Per Mertesacker prevents Austrian sub Roman Kienast connecting with a volley. Kienast's uncle Reinhard scored twice in Austria's last win over Germany. Fact.

2108: "Re 1935 and 2058: The porcupine told the monkey that Ballack was on the bench."
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2106: Roger Guerreiro turns and drills a low shot just beyond the post. Head in hands for the Poland striker.

2103: Let's hope Mario Gomez doesn't use his free time to check BBC Sport's Player Rater. He would find himself on the quite pathetic mark of 2.82. Michael Ballack is creeping up towards 7 after that screamer of a free-kick.
Austria v Germany player rater

2102: Mario Gomez will not be allowed to atone for that catastrophic first-half miss... until the next game anyway. He's replaced by Thomas Hitzlsperger.

2058: "Re 1935: How stupid can a monkey be, beaten by a porcupine?"
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2055: GOAL Poland 0-1 Croatia
The Artur Boruc show is over. Danijel Pranjic pulls the ball back for Ivan Klasnic to slot home. That means Klasnic becomes the first kidney transplant recipient to score at Euro 2008 (see 1957).

2053: "Re 1935: That monkey knows nothing."
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2051: GOAL Austria 0-1 Germany
Just as I was preparing to write another disdainful comment about the quality of free-kicks at this tournament, Michael Ballack takes a couple of steps and spanks one right into the top corner. A quite brilliant free-kick, and unquestionably the best of Euro 2008.

2050: Yellow for Austria skipper Andreas Ivanschitz for bringing down Philipp Lahm. Germany have a free-kick 30 yards out.

2049: "The Croatia fans have just seen a replay of the Mario Gomez miss for Germany here in Klagenfurt. I think it is fair to say they enjoyed it in a big way."
BBC Sport blogger Fletch at the Worthersee Stadium

2048: These games haven't really been in keeping with Euro Two Thousand and Great... yet. Let's see if the second-halfs can deliver.

2047: "There is a great big banner opposite me that says "Polish fans from Ireland". Not a great surprise really. Next to it another banner says, in English, "It's not over until it's over". I suspect that it will be in an hour or so."
BBC Sport blogger Fletch at the Worthersee Stadium

2046: Incidentally, the play-off for the US Open is reaching its climax. Tiger Woods may not actually win it you know...
Live - US Open play-off

2040: Joachim Low and Josef Hickersberger appear to have got their marching orders for upsetting the fourth official. It's still not entirely clear though. Replays show the fourth official repeating the phrase "That's not my problem" as Low argues.

2039: "I hope Germany get punished for this lacklustre display. They don't seem interested in pushing for a goal. Austria on the other hand are giving their best."
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2038: "If there's one team that can play as badly as that and come out and win the game in the second half, it's the Germans."
BBC Sport analyst Alan Hansen

2036: Martin O'Neill entertains the BBC studio with a very ropey Brian Clough impersonation. He reckons Cloughie would have hauled Mario Gomez off for that horrible miss.

2034: "I've not been impressed at all with Germany. I don't think they've shown anything that makes me think they'll go on and win this tournament. Defensively, they've been so poor."
BBC Sport analyst Alan Shearer

2033: HALF-TIME Poland 0-0 Croatia

2032: HALF-TIME Austria 0-0 Germany

2031: Meanwhile, it's the Artur Boruc show in Klagenfurt as Poland's Holy Goalie saves at the feet of Ivan Klasnic.

2029: Low picks up his (no doubt designer) jacket and traipses off to the stand, having a chat with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the way before sitting next to Bastian Schweinsteiger.

2025: What's going on? BOTH managers have been sent to the stands. Joachim Low and Josef Hickersberger appeared to be having a bit of a row about something, but seemed to have settled it before referee Manuel Gonzalez decided he'd had enough of the pair of them.

2023: Austria create plenty of opportunities to cross - but can't get a decent one into the box. Promising from the hosts though.

2021: Ivan Klasnic sprints clear of the Poland defence and looks primed to break the deadlock, but Poland keeper Artur Boruc races off his line and does brilliantly to smother the Croat's strike. Minutes later the Celtic stopper repeats the feat against Ivan Rakitic's effort from the left-hand side of the box. Poland struggling to hang on at the moment.

2019: Germany take absolutely ages to take a corner. Not time-wasting surely? When it eventually comes over, Miroslav Klose heads wide.

2016: Erwin Hoffer gets a fully-deserved yellow for a very late challenge on Michael Ballack.

2015: By the way, should you be reading this on the BBC Sport website (in the UK), you might be interested to know that by the miracle of the world wide web, you can actually watch both these matches - while also reading this commentary.
Live - Germany v AustriaLive - Poland v Croatia

2011: Austria midfielder Rene Aufhauser is a bit fortunate to get away with a cheeky push on Lukas Podolski as the Germany winger runs past. Don't think the ref saw it properly. Emanuel 'Mad Dog' Pogatetz can't resist having a little pop at Podolski as well.

2011: "The Swiss Heart Foundation recently published a guide on how to avoid cardiac arrest while watching football. Croatia boss Slaven Bilic would do well to read it as he seems to kick every ball, contest every decision and direct his charges around the park. He might have rested players but he obviously still really wants to win."
BBC Sport blogger Fletch at the Worthersee Stadium

2010: "Re 1957: How many players with kidney transplants are in the run to be the second ones to play at Euro 2008?"
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2008: Good save from Austria keeper Jurgen Macho, getting down low to push Lukas Podolski's fierce effort around the post.

2007: Ivan Rakitic takes a free-kick from the right and Croatia defender Hrvoje Vejic heads millimetres wide of the Poland upright on the stretch.

2007: Austria midfielder Rene Aufhauser has a go from outside the box. It's going wide but Jens Lehmann makes doubly sure with his touch.

2005: Erwin Hoffer bursts through onto a pass but his first touch is heavy and Jens Lehmann is out quickly to snatch the ball.

2004: Big shout from the home fans for a penalty as Erwin Hoffer falls under a challenge from Christoph Metzelder but referee Manuel Gonzalez is unconvinced - and to be fair, the Austrian team didn't seem all that interested.

2000: "As I said earlier today - Gomez can cost Germany the game. He can't even kick the ball!!"
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1958: Austrian defender Martin Stranzl is the first man into the book - a bit harsh as it turns out as he barely makes contact with Miroslav Klose. The Germany striker indicates otherwise though.

1957: Meanwhile, the Associated Press files a story with one of the most bizarre headlines I've ever seen: "Klasnic starts against Poland to become first kidney transplant recipient to play at Euro 2008."

1956: Poland go close as Dariusz Dudka heads wide from a corner.

1954: Martin Harnik drives down the right for Austria, prompting a huge cheer from the home fans, but Harnik cuts back, finds no support and loses the ball.

1952: "Miss of the decade."
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1949: That is the miss of the tournament. Unbelievable. Miroslav Klose does brilliantly to get to the byeline and square for Mario Gomez, who, from right under the crossbar, scoops the ball straight into the air. Gomez is having a nightmare Euro 2008 and no mistake.

1948: "Got a fiver on 2-0 Austria with Korkmaz to score first, 650-1 must be crazy."
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1945: The game in Klagenfurt wins the race to kick off by about 10 seconds.

1943: The Austrian fans make some serious noise as their anthem is played at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Nearly there folks, nearly there.

1941: The teams are out in Vienna and Klagenfurt. An unfamiliar-looking Croatia team have hands on hearts for their anthem, while over in Vienna, Germany settle for arms around the shoulders.

1940: "I honestly think that the ground in Klagenfurt is the noisiest I have visited. If the Poles are going out tonight then their fans are certainly going to make sure they enjoy the last hurrah."
BBC Sport blogger Fletch at the Worthersee Stadium

1935: As BBC1's coverage begins, Gary Lineker reveals that a monkey at a German zoo has tipped Austria to win tonight's game. Before you scoff, the monkey's fellow zoo-dwellers have a 2-0 record so far with their predictions. A porcupine correctly tipped Germany to beat Poland and an Arctic fox forecast the defeat by Croatia. A better record, dare I say, than BBC Sport's Jonathan 'Stevo' Stevenson.

1932: "Re: Poland v Croatia. Is all this resting your best players really such a good idea? I seem to remember teams doing this and then playing abysmally in the following game. Hope the Dutch don't rest everyone."
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1924: Josh in London and Ralph in Northern Ireland (via text on 81111, folks) both want to know what would happen if Romania lose 3-0 tomorrow and France and Italy draw 0-0. The answer is this: Italy will go through because of their superior co-efficient (points per game in qualifying for Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010).

1921: BBC blogger Fletch, fresh from an experience he'd rather forget on an Innsbruck bobsleigh run, is in Klagenfurt for the Poland-Croatia game. Here's his first missive: "Poland and Croatia journalists are obviously a breed apart from their England equivalents. A fair few of them are wearing team colours - one accompanied by baseball cap slightly off to the side and big, dark shades. Scary. All very much red and white in Klagenfurt today."

1913: After the 1978 'Miracle of Cordoba' (see 1836) came the 1982 World Cup shenanigans, a match I am also far too young to remember. Luckily, I know some old people, one of whom sent me this: "Both countries knew a 1-0 win for the Germans would be enough for both nations to advance to the next round at the expense of surprise package Algeria, who had played earlier in the day. Germany went up 1-0 after 10 minutes and from that point on neither team bothered to shoot and played the rest of the game in and around the centre-spot. The game in Spain was so controversial that since then, final group matches are now played at the same time to avoid future accusations."
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1907: "D'you reckon with Cech's howler last night, Lehmann will produce a solid match-winning display in a bizarre case of role reversal?"
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1905: Poland make four changes to the side that drew with Austria as they seek the win that could see them reach the last eight, with Jakub Wawrzyniak, Rafal Murawski, Wojciech Lobodzinski and Roger Guerreiro coming into the side. Croatia boss Slaven Bilic rings the changes, as expected, with Ivan Rakitic and Danijel Pranjic the sole survivors of the XI that started the win against Germany.

1903: TEAMS Poland v Croatia
Poland: Boruc, Wasilewski, Zewlakow, Dudka, Wawrzyniak, Lobodzinski, Murawski, Roger, Lewandowski, Krzynowek, Saganowski. Subs: Kowalewski, Fabianski, Jop, Golanski, Bak, Smolarek, Gargula, Pazdan, Zahorski, Kokoszka.
Croatia: Runje, Simic, Vejic, Knezevic, Pranjic, Leko, Vukojevic, Pokrivac, Rakitic, Klasnic, Petric. Subs: Pletikosa, Galinovic, Simunic, Robert Kovac, Corluka, Nico Kovac, Kalinic, Srna, Modric, Olic, Kranjcar, Budan.

1858: So Germany make one change to their starting line-up with Arne Friedrich coming in for the injured defender Marcell Jansen. Friedrich will start on the right while Philipp Lahm will shift flanks to cover Jansen's position. Austria's Martin Hiden replaces suspended defender Sebastian Prodl while Erwein Hoffer will partner Martin Harnik up front, with Roland Linz dropping to the bench.

1855: TEAMS Austria v Germany
Austria: Macho, Garics, Stranzl, Hiden, Pogatetz, Harnik, Aufhauser, Ivanschitz, Fuchs, Korkmaz, Hoffer. Subs: Manninger, Ozcan, Standfest, Vastic, Leitgeb, Linz, Gercaliu, Katzer, Patocka, Kienast, Saumel.
Germany: Lehmann, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Lahm, Fritz, Frings, Ballack, Podolski, Gomez, Klose. Subs: Enke, Adler, Jansen, Westermann, Rolfes, Neuville, Trochowski, Hitzlsperger, Borowski, Odonkor, Kuranyi.

1852: If there was one teeny tiny disappointment about last night's thriller between Turkey and the Czech Republic, it was that we missed out on a historic penalty shoot-out (as well as the chance to see Middlesbrough striker Tuncay trying to stop the Czech spot-kicks). But get this: we could get a shoot-out tomorrow night instead. Between France and Italy. To decide who finishes bottom of Group C. Remarkable.
France v Italy preview

1849: What kind of musical madness is this? The DJ at the Ernst Happel Stadium appears to be playing Robbie Williams' Angels backed by the drum beat from Queen's We Will Rock You. My ears are bleeding.

1844: Your wish, AndersonsRightWrist on 606,is my command. Croatia have qualified for the quarter-finals as group winners. Germany will follow suit if they gain a point against Austria. Austria will qualify if they beat Germany, and Poland do not beat Croatia by a bigger margin. If Poland and Austria both win and finish level on goal difference and goals scored, Poland will progress because of their superior co-efficient ranking. Geddit? Not sure I do...

1842: Some early team news for you. And it's a shock. Germany striker Mario Gomez keeps his place, despite his unconvincing form so far. That means three-goal Lukas Podolski stays on the left wing.

1836: Police are expecting 200,000 fans to descend on Vienna to watch this game and only 53,000 of those will be inside the Ernst Happel Stadium. According to BBC man Phil Gordos, lots of the Austria fans are wearing 'Cordoba 1978' T-shirts, a reference to the 1978 World Cup meeting between the two sides, when Hans Krankl's 88th-minute goal gave the Austrians a 3-2 win. It was in the final round of matches in the second group phase. The Austrians were already out but made sure West Germany didn't progress either.

1834: Back to today's action and the entire Austrian camp appears to have been struck with a bad case of Tourettes ahead of this game (see 1825). Striker Martin Harnick appears on the front of one newspaper, suggesting Germany will be so nervous, it will have a disastrous effect on their bowels (or words to that effect).

1831: bluesboyz over on 606 echoes my own sentiments with this post: "Turkey! Turkey!! Turkey!!!" An unforgettable game last night - even in this ridiculous tournament. Little did I know when I opted to support Turkey at Euro 2008 what a brilliant ride it would be.
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1825: Of course, the Fifa world rankings are a strange phenomenon. England are riding high in ninth, ahead of Holland, Portugal and a whole host of nations who actually managed to qualify for Euro 2008. Told of the gap between Austria in 92nd and Germany in fifth, Austria assistant manager Andreas Herzog's eloquent response was: "They can shove that up their *****." Fair enough.

1820: Austria? The 92nd best team in the world? Beat Germany? The three-times European Championship winners? It can't happen… can it?

Group B
16 June 2008 21:40
    P GD PTS
1 Croatia 3 3 9
2 Germany 3 2 6
3 Austria 3 -2 1
4 Poland 3 -3 1



46% 54%
Austria Germany


  • 21 Macho
  • 14 Garics
  • 03 Stranzl yellow card
  • 17 Hiden (55 Leitgeb )
  • 04 Pogatetz
  • 20 Harnik (67 Kienast )
  • 06 Aufhauser (63 Saumel )
  • 10 Ivanschitz yellow card
  • 05 Fuchs
  • 11 Korkmaz
  • 22 Hoffer yellow card


  • 01 Lehmann
  • 03 Friedrich
  • 17 Mertesacker
  • 21 Metzelder
  • 16 Lahm
  • 04 Fritz (90 Borowski )
  • 08 Frings
  • 13 Ballack
  • 20 Podolski (83 Neuville )
  • 09 Gomez (60 Hitzlsperger )
  • 11 Klose

Ref: Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez
Att: 50000



57% 43%
Poland Northern Ireland


  • 01 Boruc
  • 03 Golanski yellow card
  • 05 Dudka
  • 06 Roger
  • 10 Murawski (61 Lewandowski )
  • 08 Krzynowek
  • 14 Zewlakow
  • 15 Obraniak (46 Smolarek )
  • 16 Blaszczykowski
  • 18 Lewandowski
  • 09 Brozek

Northern Ireland

  • 01 Taylor
  • 02 McAuley
  • 05 Craigan
  • 18 Hughes
  • 03 Evans
  • 07 Johnson
  • 06 Clingan
  • 08 McCann
  • 11 Davis
  • 10 Lafferty (54 Paterson )
  • 09 Healy

Ref: Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez
Att: 45000

see also
Austria 1-1 Poland
12 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Croatia 2-1 Germany
12 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Austria 0-1 Croatia
08 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Germany 2-0 Poland
08 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Austria team guide
15 May 08 |  Austria
Germany team guide
15 May 08 |  Germany

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