As the group stages came to an end only 3 Gunners remained in the competition with their respective countries.

Portugal 2 – 3 Germany

Jens Lehmann put in a brilliant performance as the Germans proved their critics wrong and progressed to the semi finals. Lehmann pulled off a number of saves and was unlucky to see his save from Ronaldo fall straight to the feet of Nuno Gomes. Germany raced into a 2 goal lead thanks to Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose. Gomes pulled one back before half time. A third goal from Michael Ballack put the Germans through, however Helder Postiga made sure of a tense finish. Lehmann and Germany now face Turkey in the semi finals after the Turks were in luck for the second game running, again relying on a last minute goal and penalties to progress.

Holland 1 – 3 Russia (AET)

Robin Van Persie came on at half time but was unable to prevent his country suffering a heavy defeat. Van Persie was unlucky to find himself on the bench after his man of the match performance against Romania, but Van Basten stuck with the team that humiliated the Italians and the French. Van Persie started the second half brightly and came close with a volley. Roman Pavlyuchencko put the Russians ahead and they looked to have won it until Ruud Van Nistelrooy levelled with minutes remaining. Dmitri Torbinsky and the impressive Andrei Arshavin scored in extra time. The Russians have responded brilliantly to their 4-1 defeat by Spain in the opening game.

Spain 0 – 0  Italy (Spain win 4-2 on penalties)

Cesc Fabregas cooly slotted home his first career penalty and won the shoot out for Spain. Fabregas was introduced on the hour and had an instant impact on the game. He controlled the midfield and set up numerous chances for his team. With neither team finding a breakthrough in 120 minutes the game went to penalties. Casillas saved from De Rossi to put Spain 2-1 up in the shootout. Buffon looked to have given Spain a lifeline when he saved from Dani Guiza with Spain leading 3-1, however Casillas saved the next penalty from Di Natale and Fabregas stepped up and put the Spanish through. Cesc will now be looking to cement a starting place in the Spanish team after a number of impressive performances.

Semi Finals

Germany vs Turkey (Wednesday 25th)

Spain vs Russia (Thursday 26th)

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