Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Euro 2008: Group stages complete

Group D: The Russians are coming....
  • Spain 2-1 Greece
  • Russia 2-0 Sweden

  • The Dutch better beware as the return of Andrei Arshavin has suddenly revolutionized the Russians into a pacy and potent attacking force. With the aid of Arshavin, Russia dispatched a slow, tired and generally poor Swedish team with considerable ease. Arshavin scored the second goal but the game should have been over long before that as Sweden offered nothing except a looping Larsson header that hit the woodwork. It appeared Sweden were content to sit back and hope for a 0-0 tie but Russia had other ideas in mind.

    Spain scored two second half goals to finish the group stages with a 100% record. A completely revamped Spanish side were still too strong for the defending European Champions who ended the tournament as the only side on zero points. Atleast Greece managed to score one goal, a beautiful header by Angelos Charisteas via a free-kick. The Greek goal certainly evoked memories of Euro 2004 as back then it the headed efforts of Charisteas that led Greece to their unlikely European title.

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