Monday, June 30, 2008

EURO 2008: Spain Reigns, Defeats Germany, 0-1

Spain claimed their first major title in 44 years after capturing the Euro 2008 title with a deserved win over Germany. Fernando Torres was the hero for the Spaniards, striking in the 33rd minute when he cleverly lifted Xavi's pass over Germany keeper Jens Lehmann. Spain dominated the final match, getting other opportunities with Torres heading against the post and Marcos Senna almost adding a second from close range in the 80th minute. The video of the winning goal is below.


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0-1 Fernando Torres 33"


Saturday, June 28, 2008

EURO2008: Spain Defeats Russia 0-3, Joins Germany For Finals

Spain showed a tactical display to cruise past Russia and set up a Euro 2008 final against the Germans on Sunday. Cesc Fabregas was the man behind the win after coming on as substitute for injured David Villa. Xavi Hernandez sent in Andres Iniesta's cross in the 50th minute and Daniel Guiza, who came in as substitute, struck a great pass from Fabregas in the 73rd minute. Fabregas led David Silva for a simple third goal in the 82nd minute as a Russia ended beaten. Videos of the goals below.


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0-1 Xavi Hernandez 50"


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0-2 Daniel Guiza 73"


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0-3 David Silva 82"

Thursday, June 26, 2008

EURO2008: Germany Ends Turkey's Dreams (3-2)

Philipp Lahm's late goal sent Germany into the Euro 2008 final and sank Turkey. Lahm stole in on Thomas Hitzlsperger's pass to beat Rustu Recber and give the Germans the win after a thriller in which Turkey was the better side. Ugur Boral put Turkey ahead in the 22nd minute, but Bastian Schweinsteiger leveled immediately from close range. Miroslav Klose headed Germany in front in the 79th minute, but Semih Senturk eqialized before Lahm's late strike. Videos of the goals below.


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0-1 Ugur Boral 22"


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1-1 Bastian Schweinsteiger 27"


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2-1 Miroslav Klose 79"


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2-2 Semih Senturk 86"


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3-2 Philipp Lahm 90"

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

EURO2008: Netherlands Left Behind By Russia 1-3

Russia's Andrei Arshavin was the initiator as they left Netherlands for the semi-finals of Euro 2008. Russia took the lead in the 56th minute when Roman Pavlyuchenko volleyed home, only for Ruud van Nistelrooy to head in an 86th-minute equalizer for Netherlands. But the brilliant Arshavin tormented Netherlands throughout and he crossed for Dmitri Torbinski to get a goal in. Arshavin then sealed Russia's bid for the semi-finals in the 116th minute as he ran through and fired low past Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar. Videos of the goals below.


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0-1 Roman Pavlyuchenko 56"


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1-1 Ruud van Nistelrooy 86"


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1-2 Dmitri Torbinski 112"


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1-3 Andrei Arshavin 116"

Sunday, June 22, 2008

EURO2008: Portugal, Turned Back By Germany, 2-3

Germany guaranteed their place in the semi-finals of Euro 2008 by sending off Portugal in Basel. Bastian Schweinsteiger sent in the first goal of the match and for Germany and his free-kick created the second for Miroslav Klose. Nuno Gomes struck from close range to give Portugal hope, but they were not able to defend another Schweinsteiger free-kick and Michael Ballack headed in Germany's third goal. Portugal substitute Helder Postiga sent one goal in during the dying stages but it was not enough to keep the Germans from clinching the semi-final berth. Videos of the goals below.

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0-1 Bastian Schweinsteiger 22"


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0-2 Miroslav Klose 26"


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1-2 Nuno Gomes 41"


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1-3 Michael Ballack 62"


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2-3 Helder Postiga 87"

EURO2008: Russia Defeats Sweden 2-0, Moves to Quarter Finals

Russia defeated Sweden in Innsbruck to gain a quarter-final meeting with the Netherlands in the last eight of Euro 2008. Andrei Arshavin, playing his first game of the tournament after suspension, inspired a superb attacking display. He was part of the attack as Aleksandr Anyukov set up Roman Pavlyuchenko for a close-range goal in the 24th minute. And Arshavin then started and finished a sweeping move to slide home Yuri Zhirkov's pass after 50 minutes of play. Videos of the goals below.


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1-0 Roman Pavlyuchenko 24"


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2-0 Andrei Arshavin

Saturday, June 21, 2008

EURO2008: Spain Makes It 3/3, Defeats Greece 1-2

Spain made it a hundred percent at Euro 2008 as Greece bowed out of the tournament with a 1-2 against Spain in Salzburg. Defending champions Greece took went ahead when Angelos Charisteas headed in a Giorgios Karagounis free-kick. Spain equalized when Ruben De la Red sent in a shot in off the underside of the crossbar. And the Spaniards kept up their three out of three record when Daniel Guiza headed in a late winner from a Sergio Garcia cross. Videos of the goals below.

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1-0 Angelos Charisteas 42"


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1-1 Ruben De la Red 61"


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1-2 Daniel Guiza 88"

EURO2008: Italy Leaves France Behind for the Quarter-Finals

Italy claimed a quarter-final duel with Spain as they sent France out of Euro 2008. France evening was a nightmare, losing key man Franck Ribery to a serious injury after only seven minutes. Eric Abidal was then sent off for a foul on Luca Toni to give the Italians a penalty, sent in by Andrea Pirlo after 25 minutes. Thierry Henry deflected in Daniele De Rossi's 30-yard free-kick in the 62nd minute as the world champions joined the group winners Netherlands in the quarters.

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0-1 Andrea Pirlo 25" (penalty kick)


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0-2 Daniele De Rossi 62"

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

EURO2008: Netherlands Ousts Romania

Goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Robin van Persie killed Romania's hopes of making the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. Italy's victory over France meant that the Romanians had to beat the Dutch to move on, but they rarely threatened goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Huntelaar started the scoring in the second half when he sent in Ibrahim Afellay's low cross from the right. And Van Persie secured leader Netherlands their third win from three when he struck from close range. Videos of the goals below.


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1-0 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 54"


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2-0 Robin van Persie 87"

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

EURO2008: Austria Defeated by Germany

Michael Ballack's awesome second-half free kick handed Germany a last eight tie against Portugal at the expense of Austria who exited Euro 2008. The Chelsea midfielder scored the only goal of the match when he sent in a powerful 30-yard shot from a free-kick won by Philipp Lahm. The video of the goal is below.

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0-1 Michael Ballack 49"

EURO2008: Poland Beaten by Croatia

Ivan Klasnic gave Croatia their only goal only goal as Poland's unlikely bid to reach the last eight died. Needing to beat Croatia by at least two goals, and for Germany to lose to Austria, only a string of Artur Boruc saves kept Poland's losing margin down. Danijel Pranjic, Ivan Rakitic and Klasnic had all been denied before the latter lashed in the winning goal left-footed from 12 yards early in the second half. The video of the goal is below.

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Ivan Klasnic 52"

EURO2008: Switzerland Ends on a High, Beats Portugal

Hakan Yakin's two goals ensured that Switzerland ended their Euro 2008 campaign on a high note at the expense of Group A leader Portugal. After a goalless 45 minutes, Yakin gave Switzerland the lead when he sent the ball in through the legs of keeper Ricardo. He scored his second with a firmly struck penalty after Fernando Meira fouled substitute Tranquillo Barnetta. Videos of the goals below.

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1-0 Hakan Yakin 71"


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2-0 Hakan Yakin 83" (penalty kick)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

EURO2008: Turkey Comes From Behind, Wins vs Czech Republic

Nihat Kahveci gave Turkey two late goals to complete a comeback against the Czech Republic and secure a Euro 2008 quarter-final for his country. Jan Koller sent in a header to put the Czechs ahead before Jaroslav Plasil slid in a second goal. Arda Turan got one in for Turkey to set up a tense finale and Nihat equalised after Petr Cech dropped a cross. Nihat then kicked in a shot off the bar before Turkey keeper Volkan Demirel was red-carded for a push on Koller. Tuncay Sanli went in goal as Turkey completed a classic and unlikely comeback to set up a last-eight tie against Croatia. Videos of the goals below.

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0-1 Jan Koller 32"


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0-2 Jaroslav Plasil 64"


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1-2 Arda Turan 75"


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2-2 Nihat Kahveci 87"


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3-2 Nihat Kahveci 89"

Monday, June 16, 2008

EURO2008: Sweden Bettered by Spain

Spain got a Euro 2008 quarter-final spot after David Villa's goal sank Sweden and Russia beat Greece. Spain took the lead after 15 minutes with a clever move that was concluded by Fernando Torres who poked home David Silva's cross. But Sweden levelled when Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent in Fredrick Stoor's cross in the 34th minute. Spain, who could have had a penalty when Johan Elmander barged Silva, were frustrated by Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson before Villa's dramatic finish.

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0-1 Fernando Torres 15"


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1-1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 34"


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1-2 David Villa 90"

EURO2008: Russia Gives Greece Its Exit Pass, Defeats Them 0-1

Russia beat Greece to send them out of Euro 2008 and set up a deciding final game against Sweden for a slot in the quarter-finals. Konstatin Zyryanov scored the winner a few yards away after 34 minutes after Sergei Semak took advatage of Greek keeper Antonis Nikopolidis's mistake. The video of the goal is below.

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0-1 Konstatin Zyryanov 34"

Sunday, June 15, 2008

EURO2008: Netherlands Beats France

Netherlands ended at the top of Group C and reached the last eight of Euro 2008 with a great victory against France. Dirk Kuyt put them in front after in the 10th minute. Substitute Robin van Persie sent in Arjen Robben's cross on the hour, before Thierry Henry gave France its only goal of the match from close range with 19 minutes left. Robben's angled goal a few seconds later sunk France deeper and Wesley Sneijder added a fourth from 20 yards in injury time. Videos of the goals below.

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1-0 Dirk Kuyt 10"


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2-0 Robin van Persie 59"


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2-1 Thierry Henry 71"


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3-1 Arjen Robben 72"


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4-1 Wesley Sneijder 90"

EURO2008: Italy Ties Match vs Romania

Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon's late penalty save kept Italy in Euro 2008 after a draw with Romania. Mutu sent in a shot after a poor backheader to put Romania in the lead. The lead lasted almost a minute with Christian Panucci sending in Giorgio Chiellini's header across goal. Buffon dived to his left to block with his hand Mutu's spot-kick which was then cleared after coming off his right foot. Buffon's passionate celebration was very nuch like Italy's relief and they will now have to beat France to get a chance of reaching the quarter-finals. Videos of the goals below.

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0-1 Mutu 55"


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1-1 Christian Panucci 56"