The group games came to a close this week, here’s how our boys got on.
Switzerland 2 – 0 Portugal
Phillipe Senderos and Switzerland bowed out of Euro 2008 with an impressive performace over a weakened Portuguese team. Senderos played well and dominated in the air. He also made two vital blocks. Goals from Hakan Yakin won the game for the Swiss. Johan Djourou was again an unused substitute.
Germany 1 – 0 Austria
Jens Lehmann enjoyed a relatively easy night as favourites Germany progressed to the quarter finals. Michael Ballack’s free kick was enough to separate the sides. Lehmann will be looking to go all the way this time after the disappointment of the World Cup two years ago.
Italy 2 – 0 France
Arsenal captain William Gallas is on his way home after France were beaten by the Italians. Gallas had a decent game but the French never had enough going forward to really threaten. Goals from Andrea Pirlo (p) and Danielle De Rossi put the Italians through. Samir Nasri, who has reportedly agrred a contract with us, came on as an early substitute for the injured Franck Ribery, but was quickly replace when Eric Abidal was sent off.
Holland 2 – 0 Romania
Robin Van Persie played the whole 90 minutes and collected a goal and the man of the match award as Holland eased into the quarter finals. Van Persie looked back to his best and looks like he has played his way into Van Basten’s first team. Klass Jan Huntelaar and a screamer from Van Persie won the game for Holland.
Spain 2 – 1 Greece
Cesc Fabregas started his first game for Spain as they beat 2004 winners Greece with a second string team. Cesc dominated the midfield and formed an impressive partnership with Xabi Alonso. Charisteas put the Greeks infront in the first half, but second half goals from Ruben De la Red and Dani Guiza, who have both been linked with Arsenal, won the game for Spain.
As for the quarter finals only Jens Lehmann, Robin Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas progressed.