European Championship

June 18, 2008



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Group D

18:45 +00:00, June 18, 2008

Wals-Siezenhem Stadion, Austria

Referee: Howard Webb

Game 24

  • 93'

    Russia beat Sweden 2-0 in the night's other game so the quarter finals look like this: Portugal v Germany; Croatia v Turkey; Netherlands v Russia; and Spain v Italy. Follow them all right here!

  • 93'

    That's full time and the group stages of the Euros are over.

  • 92'

    Spain head into the quarters with three wins from three and maximum points. A flattering scoreline tonight, but they were the better side overall.

  • 91'

    Greece will leave with nothing, not a single point, which some would say is all they deserve for their horrible style of football in the first two games, but tonight they have played well and we worth a draw.

  • 90'

    Spain just passing it between themselves at the moment, watching the clock tick down; much to the Greek's annoyance.

  • 90'

    Three added minutes signalled.

  • 89'

    Two corners for Spain. Neither used well and Greece pump it long.

  • 88'

    Spain are worth two goals, but Greece have played well and arguably at least deserved a draw.

  • 87'

    Daniel Guiza heads home from a Sergio Garcia to give Spain a flattering 2-1 scoreline.

  • 87'

    Goal for Spain!

  • 86'

    Cazoria has looked very keen since coming on; buzzing all over the pitch and getting involved in plenty of defensive work as well his more natural attacking game.

  • 85'

    The game is over for Salpigidis, he goes off and on comes Stelios Giannakopoulos

  • 84'

    A half chance for Chartisteas, but he slipped as he was about to pull the trigger.

  • 83'

    Not long left, but it's been a great game with plenty of chances and two teams playing football the right way (for the main part) and trying to win.

  • 82'

    Sergio Garcia hits the target with a low, rasping drive but the keeper is equal to it and saves comfortably.

  • 81'

    Antzas with a great bit of defending to deny Fabregas. Spain trying to play a very intricate game, a bit too fussy for me. Get it in the back of the net, enough of this noodling around the box; it's like watching Arsenal trying to walk it in.

  • 80'

    Ten minutes to go. Can Spain find a winner?

  • 79'

    Guiza's touch lets him down on the edge of the box after a wonderful through ball from Alonso. It should have been a shot on goal rather than a goal-kick, and that is why Torres and Villa will start in the quarter final against Italy.

  • 78'

    Greece defending as a very deep, narrow unit; surely inviting Spain to hit them down the wings.

  • 77'

    In all the excitment I forgot to mention that Alexis Tziolis has come on for Giorgos Karagounis, who had been the Greeks best player; a bit cynical for some, but a gifted player who ran himself into the ground tonight.

  • 76'

    Sergio Garcia with a decent effort. He saw the keeper rushing out to close the angle so the striker clipped a ball in on goal from a tight angle. It rolled across the face of goal begging for a striker to hammer it home, only no-one gambled and Greece escaped.

  • 74'

    Reina has looked fairly assured in the Spanish goal, but not quite as comfortable as Casillas did earlier in the group.

  • 72'

    Guiza pulls his shot across the Greek goal after latching onto a ball which spooned his way after taking a wicked deflection

  • 72'

    In game between Russia and Sweden it's still 2-0 and the Russians are coasting.

  • 71'

    Yellow card for Basinas for a foul on Guiza.

  • 70'

    Karagounis wastes the freekick by getting his delivery all wrong; he somehow managed to hit it low and behind the on rushing attackers who were looking for a header. Poor.

  • 69'

    Another foul for Karagounis after he's muscled to the floor by Navarro.

  • 68'

    Charisteas is down on the deck after getting a whack on the head. He's a little groggy but should be fine after a clash of heads with Juanito.

  • 67'

    Spain win another corner and are in the groove looking dangerous

  • 66'

    Basinas hooks the ball clear after Fabregas' weak corner finds the Greek player underpressure in the area.

  • 65'

    Spain win a corner off Dellas; only the third of the night. In case you were interested.

  • 64'

    Basinas lumps a thoughtless but danergous ball into the box which Spain scramble clear.

  • 63'

    Great atmosphere in the gound now as the Spanish find their mojo so do their fans.

  • 62'

    Paraskevas Antzas is brought on in the aftermath of that goal for Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Antzas retires after tonight's game from international football so it's a last hoorah for him

  • 61'

    Fabregas clipped a ball into the box which Guize nodded it back into the path of Ruben de la Red who lashed an unstoppable drive high into the roof of the net to give the Spanish parity. Great goal.

  • 60'

    Goal for Spain!

  • 59'

    Katsouranis and Karagounis combine well as Greece hit Spain on the break. Those two are so powerful I wouldn't be surprised if Navarro just let them through rather than get run down by the rampagin duo.

  • 58'

    The tempo has been lifted; Spain have clearly been given the signal to go for it.

  • 57'

    A change for Spain. Iniesta has gone off and in his stead Sanit Cazoria is on.

  • 56'

    The Spanish are playing pretty football, but the crucial point is that they have yet to score.

  • 56'

    Greece are sitting a bit deeper, possibly inviting pressure in order to hit the Spanish on the quick break.

  • 55'

    Now Alonso, De la Red and Fabregas are back on top in midfield, linking up and spreading the ball at ease.

  • 54'

    Spain have been lifted by that chance, they see to have remembered that they are a decent side.

  • 53'

    The Spanish quick break ends with the goal frame rattling like crazy after a 40 yard piledriver from Alonso was drilled in. Great shot and just three inches from being the goal of the tournament.

  • 52'

    Spain break after Charisteas' long legs let him down on the edge of the Spanish area as he hoped to stab the ball forward to Salpigidis

  • 51'

    Fabregas and Alonso are losing the midfield battle and Aragones does not look happy.

  • 50'

    Greece have found their 'A' game. They are spreading play, passing and moving at will and pulling the Spanish apart. They even had a chance from open play; though Amanatdis was offside.

  • 49'

    Another goal in the night's other match. Arshavin slotting home to end a slick Russian move and give them a 2-0 lead over Sweden. The Swedes will go through if they draw, but that means they need two. Obviously.

  • 48'

    Almost a repeat of the opening goal with Charisteas meeting a freekick in the area, but this time Reina in the Spanish goal punches clear.

  • 47'

    A slight knock to a Greek player offers a moment of respite.

  • 46'

    The game has re-started at the same break-neck speed as it finished. With loose passes and wild shots flying all over the place!

  • 45'

    The second half is underway.

  • 45'

    Charisteas gives Greece an unlikely but well deserved lead. Spain look decent on the ball but are not getting much luck from the ref in 50-50 challenges. Keep it here for the second half.

  • 45'

    The handbags are over and so is the first half.

  • 45'

    Alonso could be in trouble here. He's been a bit over-aggresive with Karagounis who is happy to go to ground if he sees an advantage.

  • 45'

    On added minute to play, says the Mr Webb.

  • 44'

    Greece are playing well and deserve the lead. Will they get their wish of leaving the tournament with a win?

  • 44'

    Arbeloa talks himself into the referee's book. Lot's of ticked off Spaniards.

  • 43'

    Spain need to keep calm and keep working. They have the skill, but will they have the desire to fight back as they are already through?

  • 42'

    Spain are really unhappy. From a penalty call at one end to a freekick which leads to a goal at the other.

  • 41'

    Charisteas scores with a powerful header from a Karagounis freekick. He might not be the most prolific, but it might be worth marking him!

  • 40'

    Goal for Greece!!

  • 39'

    Guiza gets himself a yellow card for talking to the ref about the decision on the pen. Dellas blocked the run of Iniesta as he went for a return pass from Garcia. Close call. I've seen them given.

  • 39'

    Spain have a call for a penalty waved away by the ref. Big call.

  • 39'

    Navarro and Inestsa link up well and Spain break

  • 38'

    Nikopolidis saves well from Sergio Garcia who fired in after a womderful searching ball from Fabregas.

  • 37'

    From the resulting freekick the ball is worked square to Alonso who drills a low shot just wide.

  • 36'

    Karagounis is walking a fine line. He's had a real shout at the ref and De La Red after the latter went to ground a little too easily. The ref not happy and Karagounis needs to calm himself.

  • 35'

    I've been impressed with Greece. They are attacking, have players in advanced positions in the Spanish half and are making Spain play. It's been a good opening third to the game.

  • 34'

    Fabregas takes the kick. It was 35 yards out and he tried to clip it into the danger area but the defenders are equal to it.

  • 33'

    Yellow card for the sliding tackle on Inesta. A bit wild, not too dangerous.

  • 33'

    Foul on Inesta in a dangerous area after a smooth, slick, passing move.

  • 32'

    Greek fans really enjoying the occasion, singing and dancing. The Spanish seems a little quieter, perhaps they feel there are bigger games to come for them.

  • 31'

    De la Red with a loose ball, but then Charisteas loses it just as soon as he'd won it.

  • 30'

    Spain are playing some nice passing football. They look threatening when they get time and space.

  • 29'

    A shove by Karagounis on Sergio Garcia and the defender falls over like a house of cards. Pathetic. A foul, but it did not need the amateur dramatics.

  • 27'

    Arbeloa gets a talking to from the ref after taking out Amanatidis. The Greek went to ground very dramatically. Yes, it was a foul but, it's not like he got hit by a truck. Man-up.

  • 26'

    Decent hold-up play from Charisteas; after holding off two defenders he slips a ball to Katsouranis who strikes the ball wildly out for a freekick.

  • 25'

    Decent game in Salzburg this. It might be a dead rubber but Greece want to go out in style and are having a good go.

  • 24'

    There's been a goal in the other Group D game: Pavluchenko has given Russia a 1-0 lead over Sweden. As it stands the Russians will progress to meet the Dutch in the quarters.

  • 23'

    The keeper looked to have hurt himself badly at first, but the adrenalin soon kicked in and he'll be fine.

  • 22'

    Cheeky, cheeky Alonso! He tries a speculative drive from inside his own half. Alonso saw the keeper was off his line and tried his luck. The ball drifted inches wide but Nikopolidis slammed into the post as he scrambled back.

  • 21'

    Greece soak up the Spanish attack and break, but a firm tackle by Arbeloa soon puts a stop to Katsouranis' run.

  • 20'

    Spain starting to spread it about: Alonso, Fabregas, Iniesta and Arbeloa all seeing plenty of ball in the Greek half.

  • 19'

    Fabregas is denied by the out-rushing keeper after latching on to a through ball. A decent chance, but well defended by Greece.

  • 18'

    Spyropoulos leads a charge out of defence for Greece, Basinas and Charisteas play a part in the move which ends with Salpigidis attempting an audacious overhead kick.

  • 17'

    I'm not suggestion the Greeks are diving, but they are prepared to go down if tagged by the Spanish defenders if it is to their advantage in and around the area.

  • 16'

    Salpigidis goes down a little too easily and the latest attempt to win a freekick by the Greeks is waved away by referee Howard Webb.

  • 15'

    Nikopolidis' every touch is being roared with appreciation by the Greek fans behind his goal; his international career ends after tonight's game.

  • 14'

    Nikopolidis claims the corner easily.

  • 14'

    Respite for Spain as Vyntra concedes a corner.

  • 14'

    Greece sense that Spain are rattled and are pressing, hassling the ball carrier and make a nuisance of themselves.

  • 13'

    Another foul. That's the fifth of the game to Greece. This time Karagounis lashes on goal from range and angle only for a defender to send the shot wide.

  • 12'

    The freekick is hit too deep and wasted - but Spain need to be careful, one of these fouls could prove costly.

  • 12'

    Another freekick to Greece: Karagounis felled by De la Red.

  • 11'

    It's not been a frantic start, but there has been plenty of ball for both sides. There's no clear upper hand as yet.

  • 10'

    A loose ball from Xabi Alonso is intercepted and Greece are back on the ball.

  • 9'

    Karagounis whips in a decent ball from the freekick, but the Spanish defence holds firm, just about.

  • 8'

    The Greek attack is stemmed when Navarro concedes a a freekick 10 yards in from the corner flag. Greece like the look of this.

  • 7'

    Karagounis escapes with the ball from a midfield tussle and bombs down the right wing.

  • 7'

    Guiza and Navarro exchange passes on the right wing, looking to find an opening.

  • 6'

    Fabregas looks very lively and alert; he could shine tonight.

  • 5'

    A very open game so far; both sides attacking and playing nice pace-and-move football.

  • 4'

    A half chance for Greece - Dellas is left unmarked at the back post and is unfortunate not to get a better contact on his shot.

  • 3'

    Inesta clips a cross-shot into the welcome arms of Greek keeper Nikopolidis.

  • 2'

    Poor delivery from the set play and Spain press out.

  • 1'

    Greece respond and win a corner.

  • 1'

    Early attack from Spain; a ball in from the right by Cesc Fabregas is just too strong for the strikers and Greece are off the hook.


    For Spain it's a chance to enjoy the occasion and for the second string to proves to their coach they are worth considering for the quarter final against Italy.


    Spain kick off and we are under way.


    Join us for the full 90 minutes. Kick is 19.45 UK time.


    Tonight will be the last act for the Greek's as reigning champions following that amazing win back in 2004. Finishing third in the group looks very unlikely as they have a worse goal difference than either Sweden or Russia who contest this evening's other Group D game with a quarter final against Netherlands up for grabs. For the Greeks a decent performance will allow them to leave with their heads held high.


    Luis Aragones's side are already assured top spot in the group and a quarter in final against Italy, but for Greece there is still honour to play for, if nothing else.


    Lining up for Spain: Reina, Arbeloa, Albiol, Juanito, Fernando Navarro, Sergio Ramos, De la Red, Alonso, Iniesta, Fabregas, Guiza. And on the bench: Casillas, Palop, Capdevila, Marchena, Puyol, Villa, Xavi, Torres, Santi Cazorla, Senna, Silva.


    The team news in for tonight's Group D game between Greece and Spain. Starting with Greece: Nikopolidis, Vyntra, Kyrgiakos, Dellas, Spyropoulos, Basinas, Karagounis, Katsouranis, Salpigidis, Charisteas, Amanatidis. And the Subs: Chalkias, Tzorvas, Samaras, Giannakopoulos, Goumas, Antzas, Tziolis, Liberopoulos.


    Join us at 1945BST to see if a second-string Spain side can dish out the vicious beating miserable failures Greece deserve.