The second round of group games at Euro 2008 were completed earlier on tonight. Here’s a look at how our players fared in Austria and Switzerland.
Switzerland 1 – 2 Turkey
Phillipe Senderos completed another 90 minutes as the co-hosts were eliminated from the competition. Senderos was fairly comfortable throughout the game, but it was fair to say the conditions restricted the movement of players and the ball. Hakan Yakin put the Swiss 1-0 up, but second half goals from Senturk and Arda won the game for the Turks. Djourou was again an unused substitue, however he will be hoping for a run out in the Swiss’ final game against Portugal.
Croatia 2 – 1 Germany
Departing keeper Jens Lehmann was left red faced as favourites Germany were stunned by the Croats. Lehmann looked nervy and had difficulties with his handling. Goals from Srna and Olic put Croatia 2-0 up, Podolski pulled one back for the Germans.
Holland 4 – 1 France
Unsurprisingly, the game of the tournement so far featured 2 Arsenal Players and a whole host of former Gunners. Arsenal skipper William Gallas played 90 minutes for the French as their Euro 2008 hopes were dashed by the brilliant Dutch. Gallas looked suspect to the swift passing from the Dutch, but he did manage to foil Dirk Kuyt on a number of occasions to keep the score down. Arsenal forward Robin Van Persie came on for Kuyt after 54 mins and he had the ball in the net after 59. Robin proved to be inspirational for the Dutch and helped Holland destroy the world cup finalists. Goals from Kuyt, Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder won the game for Holland. Former Gunner Thierry Henry scored for France.
Sweeden 1 – 2 Spain
Cesc Fabregas found himself on the bench again for the Spanish as Luis Aragones opted to stick with the same team that destroyed the Russians. Fabregas was introduced early in the second half with the scores level at 1-1, after Torres and Ibrahimovic scored in the first half. Fabregas changed the game and dictated the play as Spain pushed for the winner. David Villa broke through in injury time to put the much fancied Spain into the quarter finals.