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UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase

FormatEdit

The knockout phase was different from that of past tournaments. Teams in groups A and B were separated from teams in groups C and D until the final. This increased the chance of a group fixture being replayed in the knockout phase, and rendered a final between two teams drawn in the same half of the tournament impossible. The reason for the format change this year was to equalise the rest periods during the knockout phase.[1] Also, in another major change, for the first time in a European Championship, only two venues (St. Jakob-Park, Basel and Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna) were used for the seven matches in the knockout phase of the tournament.[1] As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there was no third place play-off.

Another new rule forgave all single yellow cards received up to and including the quarter-finals. However, players that were booked both in group tournament and quarter-finals missed semi-finals through suspension, but could play in the final. It was thus not possible to be suspended for the final without a red card.

Qualified teamsEdit

The top two placed teams from each of the four groups qualified for the knockout stage.

Group Winners Runners-up
A   Portugal   Turkey
B   Croatia   Germany
C   Netherlands   Italy
D   Spain   Russia

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
19 June – Basel
 
 
  Portugal2
 
25 June – Basel
 
  Germany3
 
  Germany3
 
20 June – Vienna
 
  Turkey2
 
  Croatia1 (1)
 
29 June – Vienna
 
  Turkey (p)1 (3)
 
  Germany0
 
21 June – Basel
 
  Spain1
 
  Netherlands1
 
26 June – Vienna
 
  Russia (a.e.t.)3
 
  Russia0
 
22 June – Vienna
 
  Spain3
 
  Spain (p)0 (4)
 
 
  Italy0 (2)
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

The first quarter-final saw Group A winners Portugal take on Germany, who finished as runners-up of Group B. Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the opener half-way through the first half, before Miroslav Klose doubled their lead four minutes later. Portugal pulled one back five minutes before half-time, but Germany restored their two-goal lead on the hour mark. Portugal now needed two goals to take the game to extra time; Hélder Postiga pulled one back, but Germany were able to hang on to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 1996.

The second quarter-final was between Croatia and Turkey, and was a less high scoring affair. No goals were scored in normal time, and it took 29 minutes of extra time before Ivan Klasnić put Croatia into the lead. However, two minutes into injury time at the end of extra time Turkey was awarded a free kick. Controversially referee Roberto Rosetti did not allow the Croatian coach to put on a substitute, after Turkey was awarded the free kick, which would have allowed for the Croatian defence to better settle. A long free kick from Turkey goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber found Semih Şentürk on the edge of the area; the striker turned and hit a shot into the top corner of the net to take the game to a penalty shootout. Croatia went first, but only managed to score one of their four penalties, while Turkey scored all three of theirs to win 3–1.

The Group C winners, the Netherlands, who had won all three of their group games, took on Group D runners-up Russia in quarter-final 3. The Netherlands' players wore black armbands in sympathy for the death of Anissa, Khalid Boulahrouz's premature baby daughter. Russia took the lead through Roman Pavlyuchenko just before the hour mark. Ruud van Nistelrooy equalised in the 86th minute. In the 90th minute, Ľuboš Micheľ sent the Russian defender Denis Kolodin off the field for his second yellow card, but reversed his decision. The reversal was based on a linesman's (mistaken) observation that the ball was out of play before the tackle.[2] Eugen Strigel, head of the German referee committee, later judged the reversal against regulations as well as based on a mistaken premise.[3] The Russians played on with 11 players and with two quick-fire goals in the last eight minutes of extra time from Dmitri Torbinski and Andrei Arshavin secured a remarkable win.

The final quarter-final pitted Spain against Italy. With such big names on show, fans might have expected an exciting match. However, in 120 minutes of football, neither team managed to produce a goal, sending the game to penalties. Spain went first and scored three of their first four penalties, Gianluigi Buffon saving the other from Dani Güiza, while Iker Casillas saved two of Italy's four penalties. This left Cesc Fàbregas having to score to send Spain through. He converted, meaning that Spain had won their first competitive match against Italy since the 1920 Summer Olympics and that Spain had qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since 1984.

Portugal vs GermanyEdit

Portugal  2–3  Germany
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Attendance: 39,374[4]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portugal[5]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany[5]
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 4 José Bosingwa
CB 15 Pepe   60'
CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira
CM 8 Petit   26'   73'
CM 10 João Moutinho   31'
RW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
AM 20 Deco
LW 11 Simão
CF 21 Nuno Gomes (c)   67'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Raul Meireles   31'
MF 19 Nani   67'
FW 23 Hélder Postiga   90'   73'
Manager:
  Luiz Felipe Scolari
 
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich   48'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
LB 16 Philipp Lahm   49'
CM 6 Simon Rolfes
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c)
RW 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger   83'
LW 15 Thomas Hitzlsperger   73'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose   89'
CF 20 Lukas Podolski
Substitutions:
MF 18 Tim Borowski   73'
DF 4 Clemens Fritz   83'
DF 2 Marcell Jansen   89'
Manager:
Hans-Dieter Flick[note 1]

Man of the Match:
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)[4]

Assistant referees:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

Croatia vs TurkeyEdit

Croatia  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Turkey
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Penalties
1–3
 
 
 
 
 
 
Croatia[7]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turkey[7]
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 4 Robert Kovač
CB 3 Josip Šimunić
LB 22 Danijel Pranjić
CM 14 Luka Modrić
CM 10 Niko Kovač (c)
RW 11 Darijo Srna
LW 7 Ivan Rakitić
SS 19 Niko Kranjčar   65'
CF 18 Ivica Olić   97'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Mladen Petrić   65'
FW 17 Ivan Klasnić   97'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić
 
GK 1 Rüştü Reçber
RB 22 Hamit Altıntop
CB 4 Gökhan Zan
CB 15 Emre Aşık   107'
LB 3 Hakan Balta
DM 6 Mehmet Topal   76'
RM 20 Sabri Sarıoğlu
CM 17 Tuncay   27'
LM 14 Arda Turan   49'
CF 18 Colin Kazim-Richards   61'
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci (c)   117'
Substitutions:
DF 16 Uğur Boral   89'   61'
FW 9 Semih Şentürk   76'
FW 10 Gökdeniz Karadeniz   117'
Manager:
Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Hamit Altıntop (Turkey)[6]

Assistant referees:
Alessandro Griselli (Italy)
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)
Fourth official:
Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)

Netherlands vs RussiaEdit

Netherlands  1–3 (a.e.t.)  Russia
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Attendance: 38,374[8]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netherlands[9]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia[9]
GK 1 Edwin van der Sar (c)
RB 21 Khalid Boulahrouz   50'   54'
CB 2 André Ooijer
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst
CM 17 Nigel de Jong
CM 8 Orlando Engelaar   62'
RW 18 Dirk Kuyt   46'
AM 23 Rafael van der Vaart   60'
LW 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy
Substitutions:
FW 7 Robin van Persie   55'   46'
DF 3 John Heitinga   54'
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay   62'
Manager:
Marco van Basten
 
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 22 Aleksandr Anyukov
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
CB 8 Denis Kolodin   71'
LB 18 Yuri Zhirkov   103'
DM 11 Sergei Semak (c)
RM 17 Konstantin Zyryanov
CM 20 Igor Semshov   69'
LM 9 Ivan Saenko   81'
SS 10 Andrei Arshavin
CF 19 Roman Pavlyuchenko   115'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov   69'
MF 7 Dmitri Torbinski   111'   81'
FW 21 Dmitri Sychev   115'
Manager:
  Guus Hiddink

Man of the Match:
Andrei Arshavin (Russia)[8]

Assistant referees:
Roman Slyško (Slovakia)
Martin Balko (Slovakia)
Fourth official:
Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Spain vs ItalyEdit

Spain  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Italy
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Penalties
4–2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain[11]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy[11]
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 4 Carlos Marchena
CB 5 Carles Puyol
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
RM 6 Andrés Iniesta   11'   59'
CM 19 Marcos Senna
CM 8 Xavi   60'
LM 21 David Silva
CF 7 David Villa   72'
CF 9 Fernando Torres   85'
Substitutions:
MF 12 Santi Cazorla   113'   59'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas   60'
FW 17 Dani Güiza   85'
Manager:
Luis Aragonés
 
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta
CB 2 Christian Panucci
CB 4 Giorgio Chiellini
LB 3 Fabio Grosso
RM 22 Alberto Aquilani   108'
CM 10 Daniele De Rossi
LM 13 Massimo Ambrosini   31'
AM 20 Simone Perrotta   58'
CF 9 Luca Toni
CF 18 Antonio Cassano   75'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Mauro Camoranesi   58'
FW 11 Antonio Di Natale   75'
FW 7 Alessandro Del Piero   108'
Manager:
Roberto Donadoni

Man of the Match:
Iker Casillas (Spain)[10]

Assistant referees:
Carsten Kadach (Germany)
Volker Wezel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Semi-finalsEdit

The first semi-final saw Group B runner-up and three-time champions Germany face Group A runner-up and first time semi-finalists Turkey. Turkey scored first as Uğur Boral converted a rebound from the crossbar. Schweinsteiger and Germany equalised four minutes later. In the 79th minute Klose headed Germany into the lead with his second goal of the tournament. Turkey managed to get back seven minutes later when Semih flicked the ball past Lehmann. The match was headed for extra time when defender Philipp Lahm in the 90th minute scored the final goal and sent Germany into their sixth European Championship final. The TV broadcast of the match experienced technical difficulties caused by severe thunderstorms in Vienna, Austria, from where the television broadcast was transmitted. Television pictures in several countries were interrupted on three occasions, including at the time of Klose and Semih's goals. The entire match was recorded and distributed to all countries.

The second semi-final was a replay of the opening match of Group D, Spain in their first semi-final since 1984 faced Russia who had not been in a semi-final since 1988 as the Soviet Union. The first half was scoreless, but five minutes into the second half Xavi opened the scoring. Güiza replaced Torres in the 69th minute and four minutes later he had scored the second goal for Spain. David Silva rounded up the scoring with Spain's third of the night, sending Spain into their third European Championship final.

Germany vs TurkeyEdit

Germany  3–2  Turkey
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Germany[13]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turkey[13]
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
LB 16 Philipp Lahm
CM 15 Thomas Hitzlsperger
CM 6 Simon Rolfes   46'
RW 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
AM 13 Michael Ballack (c)
LW 20 Lukas Podolski
CF 11 Miroslav Klose   90+2'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Torsten Frings   46'
DF 2 Marcell Jansen   90+2'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
 
GK 1 Rüştü Reçber (c)
RB 20 Sabri Sarıoğlu   90+4'
CB 6 Mehmet Topal
CB 4 Gökhan Zan
LB 3 Hakan Balta
DM 7 Mehmet Aurélio
RM 18 Colin Kazim-Richards   90+2'
CM 22 Hamit Altıntop
CM 19 Ayhan Akman   81'
LM 16 Uğur Boral   84'
CF 9 Semih Şentürk   53'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Mevlüt Erdinç   81'
MF 10 Gökdeniz Karadeniz   84'
MF 11 Tümer Metin   90+2'
Manager:
Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Philipp Lahm (Germany)[12]

Assistant referees:
Matthias Arnet (Switzerland)
Stéphane Cuhat (Switzerland)
Fourth official:
Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)

Russia vs SpainEdit

Russia  0–3  Spain
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Russia[15]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain[15]
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 22 Aleksandr Anyukov
CB 2 Vasili Berezutski
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 18 Yuri Zhirkov   56'
DM 11 Sergei Semak (c)
RM 17 Konstantin Zyryanov
CM 20 Igor Semshov   56'
LM 9 Ivan Saenko   57'
SS 10 Andrei Arshavin
CF 19 Roman Pavlyuchenko
Substitutions:
MF 15 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov   60'   56'
FW 21 Dmitri Sychev   57'
Manager:
  Guus Hiddink
 
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 4 Carlos Marchena
CB 5 Carles Puyol
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
RM 6 Andrés Iniesta
CM 19 Marcos Senna
CM 8 Xavi   69'
LM 21 David Silva
CF 7 David Villa   34'
CF 9 Fernando Torres   69'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas   34'
MF 14 Xabi Alonso   69'
FW 17 Dani Güiza   69'
Manager:
Luis Aragonés

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Spain)[14]

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Alex Verstraeten (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

FinalEdit

The final match was played between Germany and Spain on 29 June 2008 at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna, Austria. Spain won the match 1–0, the winning goal scored by Fernando Torres.

Germany  0–1  Spain
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Germany[17]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain[17]
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
LB 16 Philipp Lahm   46'
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 15 Thomas Hitzlsperger   58'
RW 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
AM 13 Michael Ballack (c)   43'
LW 20 Lukas Podolski
CF 11 Miroslav Klose   79'
Substitutions:
DF 2 Marcell Jansen   46'
FW 22 Kevin Kurányi   88'   58'
FW 9 Mario Gómez   79'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
 
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)   43'
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 4 Carlos Marchena
CB 5 Carles Puyol
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
DM 19 Marcos Senna
RM 6 Andrés Iniesta
CM 8 Xavi
CM 10 Cesc Fàbregas   63'
LM 21 David Silva   66'
CF 9 Fernando Torres   74'   78'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Xabi Alonso   63'
MF 12 Santi Cazorla   66'
FW 17 Dani Güiza   78'
Manager:
Luis Aragonés

Man of the Match:
Fernando Torres (Spain)[18]

Assistant referees:[19]
Alessandro Griselli (Italy)
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)
Fourth official:
Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Due to the one-match suspension of German head coach Joachim Löw, assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick took his place on the bench.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Euro-Format means group rivals cannot meet again in final". Yahoo! Sports. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008.
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/euro_2008/7363505.stm
  3. ^ http://www.fussball-blabla.de/em-2008-diskussion-um-annullierte-gelb-rote-karte/6000/
  4. ^ a b "Full-time report Portugal-Germany" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Quarter-finals – Portugal-Germany" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Full-time report Croatia-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Quarter-finals – Croatia-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Full-time report Netherlands-Russia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Quarter-finals – Netherlands-Russia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  10. ^ a b "UEFA Euro 2008 technical report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2008. p. 105 (106 of PDF). Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Quarter-finals – Spain-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Full-time report Germany-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Semi-finals – Germany-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Full-time report Russia-Spain" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Semi-finals – Turkey-Spain" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Full-time report Germany–Spain" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  17. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Final – Germany-Spain" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  18. ^ "Hero Torres completes honours list". UEFA.com. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Rosetti 'delighted' to referee final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2014.

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