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Netherlands 1-3 Russia (aet)
Basel, 21 June 2008
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Netherlands 1-3 Russia after extra-time


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By Caroline Cheese

At this rate, we might be renaming Champagne Moment, the Arshavin Moment. The little man played an absolute blinder against Sweden in his first match at the tournament and did it all over again to inspire Russia against the Dutch. With Holland tiring in extra-time, Arshavin picks up the ball just beyond the halfway line and drives to the byeline, teasing Andre Ooijer all the way, before somehow clipping an exquisite cross to the far post where Dmitri Torbinski cannot miss. Euro 2008 may yet belong to this miracle-worker.

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Arshavin's magic sets up Torbinski

2230: What a manager Guus Hiddink is. He watches his side outplay Holland over 90 minutes only to let in a last-minute equaliser, then manages to lift his players to dominate extra-time. I imagine Slaven Bilic will be on the phone for some advice.

2228: "Somebody tell Real Madrid that Cristiano Ronaldo is not worth what they were offering. They would better spend it on Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko and couple of other Russians."
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2227: "I'm so proud of these guys. To outplay tactically and physically this Dutch team is a huge achievement for these players."
Russia manager Guus Hiddink

2226: According to the match stats, there were 55 shots in that match. We're thinking that has to be some kind of record.

2222: "Total Football was more Russian than Dutch tonight!"
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2218: You may not be surprised to learn that one man is way out in front on our Player Rater. At full time, Andrei Arshavin has 8.37, and that's going up all the time. Don't agree? Have your say... although if you don't agree, you were almost certainly not watching the same game.
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2215: Russia through to the semi-final where they will face Italy or Spain. And on the basis of the first three quarter-finals, you wouldn't bet against Italy would you? Like Holland and Croatia, Spain won all three group games. Like Holland, Croatia and Portugal, Spain rested a host of players for their final group game...

2213: FULL-TIME Netherlands 1-3 Russia AET

2210: Two minutes of stoppage time. Surely no repeat of last night's drama. Surely...

2209: Rafael van der Vaart bends a free-kick well wide. Less than a minute remaining now.

2206: GOAL Netherlands 1-3 Russia
Russia take a throw-in and it comes to Andrei Arshavin, who turns and shoots low into the corner, his effort taking a deflection of Andre Ooijer before going through Edwin van der Sar's legs. Pathetic defending by Holland but Arshavin has fully deserved a goal for another dazzling performance tonight. How much is that boy worth now?

2202: GOAL Netherlands 1-2 Russia
Andrei Arshavin holds off the challenge from Andre Ooijer and clips over a wonderful cross from the left. Dmitri Torbinski is running in at the far post and taps in from a yard out. Seven minutes remaining.

2201: Dmitri Torbinski picks up a yellow card for a late challenge on Rafael van der Vaart and the Russian will miss the semi-final if his side get there.

2159: Yuri Zhirkov glides past the Dutch defence with embarrassing ease. His cut-back comes to Roman Pavlyuchenko but it's a difficult angle and he shoots over. "Holland are gone. They've got nothing left," says Chris Waddle.

2158: "The Russia boss far from happy that the Dutch have been allowed to pause for water at the break."
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2157: Another massive shout from referee Lubos Michel there. Yuri Zhirkov goes down in the box under pressure from Johnny Heitinga - but no pen. Guus Hiddink was convinced... but then he would be.

2153: And that's half-time in extra-time. The players trudge over to the sideline to take on some liquid. There are some very tired legs out there.

2152: Yuri Zhirkov picks up a yellow card for clattering into Robin van Persie from behind. Stupid challenge really.

2150: Denis Kolodin hammers a swerving free-kick from 30 yards just wide of the post, with Edwin van der Sar looking on. The Dutch keeper was an awful lot calmer than the rest of his team-mates as that shot flew past. What a story it would be if Kolodin scored...

2148: More mesmerising work from magic man Andrei Arshavin as he beats the defender and drives to the byeline. He cuts the ball back for Dmitri Torbinski but the shot is weak. Arshavin is mentioned in the same sentence as Maradona on Radio 5 Live. Heady times for the brilliant Russian.

2145: Roman Pavlyuchenko cuts in from the left and unleashes a ferocious right-foot shot which pings off the bar, with Edwin van der Sar beaten. So, so close for Russia.

2142: "Re 2132: The reason it wasn't a red card was due to it not actually being a foul. Kolodin didn't touch him. Great refereeing there. Spot on!"
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A few of you are saying this. If that's the case, I apologise. I didn't see the replay all that clearly.

2139: Here's a stat to bring a tear to your eye... Every European Championship quarter-final that has gone to extra-time has gone to penalties.

2138: "The Dutch subs are rallying their team-mates. The Russians look more tired."
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2135: Replays show that the ball did not cross the line in that last-minute incident, meaning Kolodin is one lucky, lucky boy. Don't know about you, but I'm going to ask You Are The Ref... You Are The Ref

2134: FULL-TIME Netherlands 1-1 Russia

2132: I have never seen that before in my life. Wesley Sneijder just keeps the ball in play and is then clattered by Denis Kolodin - prompting a second yellow for the Russian. But the linesman calls over the ref and tells him the ball had actually gone out of play. Ref withdraws his yellow card. Unbelievable.

2131: Two minutes of added time remaining.

2131: "This tournament is untrue."
Sam from Reading, via text on 81111

2129: Yuri Zhirkov sees his dangerous ball across goal cleared by Andre Ooijer.

2126: GOAL Netherlands 1-1 Russia
Wesley Sneijder - who has done more than any Dutch player to try to drag his side into this game - swings over the free-kick from the left and Ruud van Nistelrooy leaves the Russian defence trailing to head in at the far post. Four minutes remaining.

2125: "If Holland go out, they will be the third team to go out after resting players in the final group game."
James, Kidderminster, via text on 81111

2123: Russia try to walk the ball into the net. Yuri Zhirkov breaks the offside trap but cuts the ball back instead of shooting and Dmitri Torbinski - who's barely been on a minute - slices the shot wide. Will Russia live to regret missing all these chances?

2123: Wesley Sneijder lets fly but it's always wide.

2122: Dmitri Torbinski comes on for Ivan Saenko.

2120: "This has been really disappointing from Holland - they've lost the spark from the first two games, although credit to Russia, they haven't let them play."
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2118: Roman Pavlyuchenko is through on the keeper but his attempt to chip is easily collected by Edwin van der Sar. 13 minutes remaining.

2118: "There is a palpable sense of frustration in the ground... though not from the Russian fans obviously."
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2116: Apparently, the Dutch are staying in the same hotel as the Portugal team did for their quarter-final... and we all know what happened to them.

2113: Russia defender Denis Kolodin will miss the next game after needlessly dragging Ruud van Nistelrooy back. Wesley Sneijder looks like he'll take the kick but Robin van Persie nips in and smashed it over the bar. Not sure Wesley will be too happy about that.

2112: A dazzling one-touch passing move ends with right-back - yes, right-back - Aleksandr Anyukov shooting from a difficult angle but Edwin van der Sar saves. Andrei Arshavin then spins a cross across the face of goal but no one on the end.

2111: Desperate defending from Holland as Konstantin Zyryanov almost plays in Roman Pavlyuchenko but the pass is cut out. Russia make their first change as Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on for Igor Semshov.

2108: Holland are down to 10 men temporarily as Johnny Heitinga is told to leave the pitch for attention to a cut on his chin.

2106: The corner comes to Robin van Persie at the far post but his downward header goes harmlessly wide.

2103: Last throw of the dice from Marco van Basten - and we've still got half an hour to go. Ibrahim Afellay is the third Dutch substitute, replacing Orlando Engelaar.

2102: So now we get to see what this Dutch side are made of. This is the first time they've been behind at this tournament. Rafael van der Vaart sees yellow for whinging about a decision. Not a great sign.

2057: GOAL Netherlands 0-1 Russia
Andrei Arshavin effortlessly clips the pass through to Sergei Semak whose left-wing cross is volleyed in at the near post by Roman Pavlyuchenko.

2056: Robin van Persie gets a very unlucky yellow card, after accidentally clipping Konstantin Zyryanov in the face as he tries to shield the ball. It's an impossible angle out on the left but that doesn't put off Andrei Arshavin, who almost bends a wonder free-kick in.

2055: Khalid Boulahrouz gets a warm ovation from the Dutch fans as he comes off to be replaced by Johnny Heitinga.

2052: Khalid Boulahrouz is in the book for jumping in recklessly on Andrei Arshavin.

2051: Rafael van der Vaart swings over yet another dangerous free-kick and both Ruud van Nistelrooy and Nigel de Jong break the offside trap but it's just too far ahead of them. Russia are living dangerously on these set-pieces.

2048: Within 25 seconds of his arrival, Van Persie has a chance to put Holland ahead. Wesley Sneijder lofts the pass into his path but the Arsenal striker volleys a difficult chance wide.

2046: And we're back under way.

2045: Robin van Persie does indeed come on, replacing Dirk Kuyt.

2043: "Marco van Basten cut a very frustrated figure as he walked off at the break. The Dutch fans are unusually quiet."
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2040: Robin van Persie is surely going to come in the second half. He is out on the pitch warming up on his own during half-time.

2039: I can't say anyone really stood out for me in that first half, but the users of Player Rater reckon Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin is the man in front. He's on 7.32.
Netherlands v Russia player rater

2035: "Re 2023: And I want Bastian Schweinsteiger's girlfriend!!"
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2031: HALF-TIME Netherlands 0-0 Russia

2028: A footballing crime by Denis Kolodin as he passes the ball across the edge of his own box - straight to Rafael van der Vaart. Kolodin breathes a sigh of relief as the keeper palms away the swerving shot.

2024: The Dutch win a free-kick fully 40 yards out. Wesley Sneijder decides to have a go at goal but the effort flicks off the wall and lands in the keeper's arms. Robin van Persie is warming up. Six minutes to go until half-time.

2023: "I want Kolodin's right foot!"
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2022: Ruud van Nistelrooy turns sharply on the edge of the box, brushing off the challenge before arrowing a shot towards the far corner which Igor Akinfeev does well to save.

2017: Moments after seeing a shot tipped over by Van der Sar, Denis Kolodin has a go from 40 yards but his vicious, swerving effort fizzes narrowly over the bar.

2016: Things are heating up folks... Andrei Arshavin jinks this way and that to make space in the area as Andre Ooijer tries to keep up and his shot almost catches Edwin van der Sar unawares but the keeper pushes it round the post.

2014: How did he miss that? How? Rafael van der Vaart swings in a wicked free-kick from the right and Ruud van Nistelrooy is at the far post ready to tap in. But instead the ball goes past his outstretched foot and straight behind for a goal-kick. An unbelievable chance.

2011: A corner is cleared only as far as Orlando Engelaar on the edge of the box but he hammers a first-time shot well wide. I know a man with a - very speculative - bet on Engelaar as first scorer. Head in hands time.

2007: Gio van Bronckhorst gives away a free-kick and from it, Roman Pavlyuchenko's header on almost comes to Andrei Arshavin in front of goal but it's just too far in front.

2004: A poor defensive header lets in Wesley Sneijder, who rides Aleksandr Anyukov's sliding challenge and gets into a shooting position but his effort is blocked. A rare sight of goal for the Dutch.

2003: "Guus Hiddink has done his homework. Russia are letting the Dutch players who can't do any damage have the ball. Van der Vaart and Sneijder aren't in the game."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Chris Waddle

2002: Yuri Zhirkov gives away a rather unnecessary free-kick by tripping Dirk Kuyt, but Rafael Van der Vaart's delivery from the right is poor - straight down the throat of the Russian keeper.

1958: Roman Pavlyuchenko is played in on the left by a delicious lofted pass from midfield but there's no one in the box for his cross and Orlando Engelaar, after a bit of dallying, eventually gets the ball away.

1954: According to our BBC Radio 5 Live commentator, it was on this very day eight years ago that Spain beat Yuogslavia 4-3 in a classic encounter. For those that don't remember, Spain did a Turkey, scoring twice in injury-time to reach the quarter-finals.

1953: Igor Semshov crosses from the right onto the head of an unmarked Roman Pavlyuchenko but the striker wastefully balloons the header over the bar. The Dutch are still asleep.

1952: Good start from Russia. Holland not really into their stride. "They're playing very slow," laments Chris Waddle.

1950: Russia have a promising free-kick out right. Yuri Zhirkov tries to curl it in at the near post but Edwin van der Sar saves comfortably.

1948: The ball cannons kindly into Gio van Bronckhorst's path and his cross from the left is aimed for Dirk Kuyt at the far post but the striker can't quite climb high enough.

1946: "Loads of empty seats in the Russian end. Terrible shame."
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1945: Away we go...

1943: The Dutch fans are singing "Boula Boula Boula Boulahrouz" in tribute to Khalid, who plays tonight despite the death of his prematurely-born baby this week. Holland play in black armbands tonight.

1942: Did Guus Hiddink sing the Dutch anthem? Well, I can't tell you, because the cameraman decided on a long lingering shot up Edwin van der Sar's nose instead. Grrr.

1940: There's the familiar sound of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army to welcome the teams onto the pitch. Edwin can der Sar leads out the Dutch. The keeper wins his 128th cap tonight.

1939: "I'm three rows behind Marco van Basten's seat and about 300 camera lenses are pointing in my direction. I feel a little unnerved."
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1937: The mini-opening ceremony is just coming to a close in Basel. The Dutch band are absentmindedly banging their drums to the rhythm of one of Shaggy's official Euro 2008 tunes. Oh, thank goodness, there are the players.

1934: "Am very nervous about the game. Will end up probably listening to it from the garden. Too tense to watch!"
Mark, de Nederlandse in London, via text on 81111

1930: The news from the Dutch camp is that Arjen Robben is unlikely to come off the substitutes' bench after suffering a recurrence of his groin injury. The flying winger stood at the side of the pitch as the rest of his team-mates went through their paces at the St Jakob-Park.

1926: "Come on Russia! I pulled them out the hat in the office sweepstake and I was gutted I didn't pull a big side. Time for revenge!"
Martin, stuck on a night shift, via text on 81111

1921: Here's a thing... Russia are trying to become the second team win this tournament after losing their first game. Who were the first? The Netherlands in 1988. Who did they lose to in their first game? USSR. Who did they beat in the final? Yup, you guessed it, USSR. Scrappy goal that sealed victory in that final if I remember rightly.

1920: Danny the Stat has been working particularly hard for you readers today. Here's another titbit: "Player Rater favourite Andrei Arshavin will need to be at his imperious best tonight. According to rater users, five of the top 10 defenders at the tournament belong to the Netherlands. For the record, the quality quintet are Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Andre Ooijer, Jonny Heitinga, Wilfred Bouma, and Joris Mathijsen."

1917: "I'm telling you Cheeso its going to be 2-1 to the freaky deaky Dutch, with Ruud "the dude" Van Nistelrooy to open the scoring!"
Graziano, Sicily, via text on 81111

1915: The Netherlands have only lost one European Championship quarter-final... losing on penalties to France in 1996, when one Guus Hiddink was at the helm. Indeed, Dutch fans have more reason even than the English to fear spot-kicks. They went out of the Euros in '92, '96 and 2000 on shoot-outs as well as the '98 World Cup. Yikes.

1911: "Not many Russian fans at all at the stadium. Tickets are going for 800 euros. Mario Melchiot played against Romania but was relegated to carrying the balls out tonight."
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1909: "Can't wait for this. Russia should give Holland more problems than France and Italy did... Looking forward to a cracking game of attacking, counter-attacking and counter-counter-attacking football. 0-0 and penalties it is then."
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1906: Make that 150,001 Dutchmen. Guus Hiddink leads Russia against his countrymen tonight. Here's how he says he got his team playing: "I demand a response. I don't want to sound cocky, but if you want to play at international level, then the demands I lay down mean you can go two ways: either fly, or fight. They chose to fight." And to think Hiddink was considered one of the frontrunners for the England job before Steve McClaren was appointed... if only.

1902: There are a reported 150,000 Dutchmen in Basel. "We're in a state of emergency, " said a local police officer - although he adds that the atmosphere in Roger Federer's hometown is peaceful.

1858: "Everything has worked well from day one," says Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar. You can say that again Ed. But how will the Netherlands cope with moving to Basel, after playing all their group games in Berne? Yes, we're back the St Jakob-Park with its curious, patchwork pitch.

1856: "I'm excited too Cheesy. Cracking game coming up, BBQ coming on nicely, a few cold beers, and I've just bought a treadmill on ebay! Happy days!"
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1853: And Danny the Stat isn't finished there. Here he is again: "All four Dutch players are trumped by Russia's Andrei Arshavin, whose brilliant display against Sweden gives him an average of 8.68 - making him the second-highest rated player at the tournament, a mere 0.01 behind Spain's David Villa."

1850: Just in case you're in any doubt about the classic potential of tonight's game, let's have a word from BBC Sport's Danny the Stat shall we? He says: "No less than five of the top 10 players at Euro 2008 so far - as voted for by users of our Player Rater tool - will be in action tonight. And four of those five are from the Netherlands. Wesley Sneijder (with an average score of 8.57), Edwin van der Sar (8.14), Ruud van Nistelrooy (7.99) and Gio van Bronckhorst (7.96) are all in the premier league of Player Rater scores."

1846: Netherlands coach Marco van Basten reverts to the starting XI that beat France 4-1 after resting nine players for the victory over Romania, which means no starting berth for Arjen Robben or Robin van Persie. Russia coach Guus Hiddink, preparing to face his countrymen, makes just one change with Nuremberg midfielder Ivan Saenko replacing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

1844: TEAMS
Netherlands: Van der Sar, Boulahrouz, Ooijer, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst, De Jong, Engelaar, Kuyt, Van der Vaart, Sneijder, van Nistelrooy. Subs: Timmer, Stekelenburg, Heitinga, De Zeeuw, Van Persie, Robben, Melchiot, Bouma, De Cler, Huntelaar, Afellay, Vennegoor of Hesselink.
Russia: Akinfeev, Aniukov, Ignashevich, Kolodin, Zhirkov, Semak, Zyryanov, Semshov, Saenko, Arshavin, Pavluchenko. Subs: Gabulov, Malafeev, Vasili Berezutsky, Yanbaev, Alexei Berezutsky, Adamov, Torbinsky, Ivanov, Shirokov, Bilyaletdinov, Sychev, Bystrov.

1842: So on to tonight's game… Netherlands v Russia. Got a nice ring to it hasn't it? The best team of Euro 2008 so far against the most improved. Guus Hiddink pits his wits against his countrymen. A repeat of the 1988 final. I'm so excited, I feel a bit sick.

1837: So one semi-final is settled: Germany, a team you can never write off, against Turkey, a team you can never write off, which is going to make it very hard to make a prediction. Anyway, that's in Basel on Wednesday. Tonight and tomorrow's games will decide who battles it out in Thursday's semi-final in Vienna. Huge.

1830: Do you know, when I adopted Turkey as my team for Euro 2008, I wasn't expecting all that much… Yet another reason I've fallen in love with Euro 2008.
Proof I'm not just jumping on any bandwagon (see 1524 entry)



31% 69%
Australia Netherlands


  • 01 Schwarzer
  • 21 Carney
  • 03 Moore (52 Kisnorbo )
  • 02 Neill
  • 04 Cahill (48 Emerton )
  • 05 Culina
  • 08 Wilkshire
  • 13 Grella (16 Valeri yellow card )
  • 14 Holman
  • 10 Kewell
  • 09 Kennedy (47 Vidosic )


  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 02 Boulahrouz
  • 03 Heitinga
  • 04 Mathijsen
  • 05 Van Bronckhorst (77 Braafheid )
  • 06 De Zeeuw (84 Mendes Da Silva )
  • 08 Schaars yellow card (64 Van der Vaart )
  • 10 Sneijder (69 Engelaar )
  • 07 Kuyt (51 Babel )
  • 09 Huntelaar
  • 11 Elia

Ref: Tojo Minoru
Att: 40537

see also
Netherlands team guide
15 May 08 |  Netherlands
Russia team guide
15 May 08 |  Russia
Pick your Netherlands XI
23 May 08 |  Netherlands
Pick your Russia XI
23 May 08 |  Russia

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