Russia make it to Euro 2008 quarterfinals

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{image-russian team_19062008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Vienna, Jun 19: Any hopes Sweden had of making it to the Euro 2008 quarter-finals were quashed Wednesday by a powerful Russian side, the 2-0 winners of the Group D game played in Innsbruck. The Russians join group winners Spain -- who came from behind to beat the defending champions Greece 2-1 in Salzburg -- in the round of the last eight.


Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin scored the goals that put the Russians through, while Ruben de la Red and Daniel Guiza scored to give Spain a come-back victory against defending champions Greece, who had gone ahead through Angelos Charisteas. the Russian victory sets up an intriguing quarter-final for their Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, who will face the Netherlands in the round of the last eight, while Spain face Italy.
The Swedes went into their match in Innsbruck needing only a draw to advance to the last eight, but they were thoroughly outplayed by a slick Russian team growing in confidence after their opening match defeat by Spain.


Pavlyuchenko finished off a superb move to put Russia ahead on 24 minutes, and Andrei Arshavin scored the second five minutes into the second half to complete victory for Guus Hiddink's side.

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