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Euro 2008: Quarter-Final Match

Thursday, 19th June at 20.45

Marco van Basten vs Guus Hiddink; the pupil is up against the teacher. Let's see how it goes. Did the Dutch start off too strong? Have Russia still got more to come? Hopefuly we'll have a masterclass of attacking football in Basle tonight.

The summer has finally arrived in Switzerland, so the effects of the heat might play a factor late in the game.

Russia started by taking the game to Holland and had two close chances in the first eight minutes; a free-kick that Edwin Van der Sar handled well and a header over the bar by Roman Pavluchenko.

Things slowed down around the quarter-hour mark, then Holland had a sniff at goal; Sergei Ignashevich crucially blocking Wesley Sneijder's attempt.

On the half-hour it was Van der Sar's fingertips that kept Andrei Arshavin's shot out and then the Manchester United goalkeeper palmed Denis Kolodin's high drive over the bar, less than a minute later.

Kolodin, who had looked so good attacking the Dutch area made an almost costly error in his own. Thankfully for the Russians, Igor Akinfeev could easily punch away the threatening shot.

Half-time - 0:0

Dirk Kuyt didn't look too effective in the first-half and was replaced by Robin van Persie at the re-start.

Just after Johnny Heitinga came on for Khalid Boulahrouz, Russia's Sergei Semak beat the Dutchman for pace down the left and whipped in a cross for Roman Pavluchenko to put Guus Hiddink's side in front.

Pavluchenko breathed a sigh of relief.

Marco van Basten then played his last substitution card, with almost half an hour remaining; while Russia still had a full house.

With the minutes ticking down, Wesley Sneijder's long free-kick was met by some poor Russian defending and the head of Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Just before the final whistle, Russia were almost reduced to ten men when Denis Kolodin was shown his second yellow card. Lubos Michel then consulted his assistant and called Kolodin back onto the pitch.

Full-time - 1:1

Thanks to courageous refereeing, it's all square as the quarter-final goes into extra-time.

Roman Pavluchenko struck the crossbar with venom in the 96th minute, then just shook his head.

Yuri Zhirkov had a penalty appeal turned down in the second period of extra-time; with Russia looking more like scoring than Holland.

Not long after Dmitri Torbinski received the yellow card that meant he could miss the semi-final, if Russia won, the Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder dashed to the far post to clip in the goal that could take his team through to meet Spain or Italy.

Then to put the icing on the cake, Andrei Arshavin ran through on to a long throw-in and slipped the ball through Van der Sar's legs, thanks to a slight deflection off Johnny Heitinga's boot.

Final Score:
Netherlands 1 - Russia 3

goal.gif (309 bytes) Goalscorers:
0:1 Roman Pavluchenko (56)
1:1 Ruud van Nistelrooy (86)
1:2 Dmitri Torbinski (111)
1:3 Andrei Arshavin (116)


1 Edwin Van der Sar; 5 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, 4 Joris Mathijsen, 2 Andre Ooijer, 21 Khalid Boulahrouz; 10 Wesley Sneijder, 8 Orlando Engelaar, 23 Rafael Van der Vaart, 17 Nigel De Jong, 18 Dirk Kuyt; 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy.

1 Igor Akinfeev; 18 Yuri Zhirkov, 8 Denis Kolodin, 4 Sergei Ignashevich, 22 Aleksandr Aniukov; 9 Ivan Saenko, 11 Sergei Semak, 20 Igor Semshov, 17 Konstatin Zurianov; 10 Andrei Arshavin, 19 Roman Pavluchenko.

Lubos Michel (Slovakia)

change.gif (94 bytes) Substitutions:
46 Mins - 7 Robin van Persie on for 18 Dirk Kuyt
54 Mins - 3 Johnny Heitinga on for 21 Khalid Boulahrouz
62 Mins - 20 Ibrahim Afellay on for 8 Orlando Engelaar
69 Mins - 15 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on for 20 Igor Semshov
81 Mins - 7 Dmitri Torbinski on for 9 Ivan Saenko
115 Mins - 21 Dmitri Sychev on for 19 Roman Pavluchenko

yellow_card.gif (94 bytes)6 Yellow Cards:
50 Mins - Khalid Boulahrouz (Netherlands)
55 Mins - Robin van Persie (Netherlands)
60 Mins - Rafael Van der Vaart (Netherlands)
71 Mins - Denis Kolodin (Russia) - Will miss the semi-final.
103 Mins - Yuri Zhirkov (Russia)
110 Mins - Dmitri Torbinski (Russia) - Will miss the semi-final.

Onto the semi-final.


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