EURO 2008: Semi Final (2)*** Russia 0-3 Spain. ***

Spain beats Russia 3-0 to reach final. They will meet Germany in the Final of the EURO 2008.

The match started, Spain quickly got into their stride, and appeared to have the slight edge but the match hasn’t really sparked into life as expected, the first half ended goalless. The torrential rain that has continued throughout the first period may have contributed to the lack of scoring chances, but it was also a result of both defences tightly marking the strikers on each side.

The second half started, and early Spain made the breakthrough exactly at the 50th minute with a goal scored by Xavi Hernandez. after that goal, Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta and Fabregas became more creative and Spain began to look more dangerous.

At the 73rd minute, Guiza who substituted for Torres scored a second goal for Spain. No more than 9 minutes later and exactly at the 82nd minute, Silva added a third goal for Spain to ensure his team’s qualification to the final against Germany. The game ended on the score of 3-0 for Spain.

Spain have not won a major trophy since they landed the European title in 1964, when it was only open to four teams.

EURO 2008: Quarter Final (3)*** Netherlands -1-3 Russia. ***

So here is the end of Dutch dream in the EURO 2008. Russia beat Netherlands by 3-1 in the third quarter final. But Marco van Basten’s team failed to produce their captivating football of the group stages and could have absolutely no complaints with the outcome. It was not that Netherlands team which we see in the previous group matches. They failed to play there natural football. Russia were the more enterprising side from the start at the St. Jakob Park stadium.

It was ended as 1-1 after 90 minutes. Roman Pavlyuchenko put Guus Hiddink’s men ahead in the the 56th minute and they looked to be going through in normal time until Ruud van Nistelrooy stole an 86th minute equalizer for the Dutch.

But in the extra time, Russia put 2 goals in the Dutch net. So Russia win the match by 3-1. Extra time 2 goals came in the second half of the extra time. Goals in the second half of added time from substitute Dmitri Torbinski and the magical Andrei Arshavin capped a triumphant night for the Russians.

So Russia joined Germany and Turkey in the semifinals of Euro 2008 with a 3-1 upset win over the Netherlands after extra time in Basle on Saturday night.

Netherlands came into the match at St. Jakob Park as strong favourites after winning all three of their group stage matches. But failed to qualify for the semifinals.

Untill now all three quarterfinals have been won by group runners-up. Let’s see what happened in the last quarterfinal match.