Euro '08: Day 12 ReviewPosted on: 19 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Russia join Spain in the quarter-finals after seeing off Sweden's challenge in Innsbruck.
Russia secured their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 with a stylish win over Sweden in Innsbruck.
Andrei Arshavin, playing in his first tournament match after suspension, inspired the Russians to a last eight meeting with Holland.
Meanwhile, Spain kept up their 100% record after coming from behind to beat Greece in Salzburg, to finish Group D as clear winners.
Spain 4-1 Russia
Greece 0-2 Sweden
Sweden 1-2 Spain
Greece 0-1 Russia
Greece 1-2 Spain
Russia 2-0 Sweden
Russia beat Sweden 2-0 to set up a clash with coach Guus Hiddink’s native country the Netherlands in the last eight of Euro 2008.
Zenit St Petersburg wizard Arshavin orchestrated the game for Russia and was involved as Aleksandr Anyukov set up Roman Pavlyuchenko for a close-range finish after 24 minutes.
And Arshavin then started and finished a sweeping move to slide home Yuri Zhirkov’s pass in the 50th minute to all but seal Russia’s place in the quarter-finals.
It was almost total domination from the Russians who also struck the woodwork through Pavlyuchenko and Konstantin Zyryanov as they threatened to run away with the game.
The win sends Sweden home at the first hurdle but now sets up a mouth-watering clash between Russia and Holland in Basel on Saturday.
In the other Group D fixture, effectively a dead rubber, Spain made it three wins from three as Greece bowed out of the competition without a point.
The Spanish came from a goal behind to win 2-1 and confirm their place in the quarter-finals with a game against Italy on Sunday.
Thursday – Germany Vs Portugal
Friday – Croatia Vs Turkey
Saturday – Holland Vs Russia
Sunday – Spain Vs Italy
Like Holland, Croatia and Portugal before them, Spain made a host of changes to their line-up, knowing that qualification had already been achieved.
But defending champions Greece took the lead when Angelos Charisteas headed home a Giorgios Karagounis free-kick.
Spain levelled when Ruben De la Red thundered a shot in off the underside of the crossbar and the Spanish kept up their 100% record when Daniel Guiza headed in a late winner from Sergio Garcia’s cross.
It was a disappointing end to Greece’s defence of the title but Spain’s inform squad look capable of ending their long wait for a major title – if they can get past world champions Italy this weekend.
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