Euro '08: Day 15 Review

Posted on: 24 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Andrei Arshavin inspired Russia to a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2008.


Russia produced a magical performance to dump Holland out of Euro 2008 after extra time.

Andrei Arshavin was again the chief architect for Guus Hiddink’s young Russian side as the much-fancied Dutch side failed to replicate their earlier performances.

Results

Portugal 2-3 Germany

Croatia 1-1 Turkey (1-3 on pens)

Holland 1-3 Russia (AET)

Spain 0-0 Italy (4-2 on pens)

Russia took the lead in normal time when Roman Pavlyuchenko volleyed home, only for Ruud van Nistelrooy to head in an 86th minute leveller for Holland.

But the brilliant Arshavin tormented the Dutch throughout and he crossed for Dmitri Torbinski to prod home.

Arshavin then sealed a semi-final spot in the 116th minute as he ran through and fired low past Edwin van der Sar.

Russia almost had to play with 10 men in extra time after Denis Kolodin was sent off by Slovakian referee Lubos Michel in stoppage time, only to reverse his decision after a chat with one of his assistants.

Semi-Finals

25th June

Germany Vs Turkey

26th June

Russia Vs Spain

It was a huge triumph for Russia’s Dutch coach Hiddink and his side will now meet Spain in Vienna on Thursday in the final four, knowing championship victory is now in their grasp.

From the start Russia settled better than their more-fancied opponents as Holland struggled to match the fluidity of their earlier performances.

But it was another spellbinding performance from Arshavin that seemed to separate the teams.

The 27-year-old, who missed Russia’s first two Euro 2008 games through suspension, was in his finest form and as Holland tired in the extra period, Arshavin’s quality made the difference.

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