Euro 2008 Capsules
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP)—Russia dominated a 2-0 victory over Sweden on Wednesday night in a Group D elimination game, sending the Russians to the European Championship quarterfinals.
Roman Pavlyuchenko scored in the first half and Andrei Arshavin, coming off a two-match suspension, made it 2-0 right after the break. That set up a match against the Netherlands on Saturday in Basel.
Russia finished second behind Spain on six points in Group D, three ahead of Sweden, which would have advanced with a win.
The youthful Russians outran the experienced Swedes to qualify for the knockout stage for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union. For Sweden, it was the first group stage exit at a major tournament since Euro 2000.
Russia coach Guus Hiddink maintained his record of reaching the knockout stage in every international tournament he has coached. He now will take on his home country, which he led to the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup.
Spain 2, Greece 1
SALZBURG, Austria (AP)—Spain finished the first round with a perfect record, sending the defending champions home with no points.
Dani Guiza and Ruben de la Red scored second-half goals to rally Spain, which has won nine straight games and is unbeaten in 19. Greece avoided becoming the first defending champion to leave the European Championship without scoring a goal, getting a 42nd-minute header from Angelos Charisteas. But Greece was the only team to not earn a point from three matches in Group D.
De la Red tied it in the 61st minute with a hard shot that goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis got a hand on. Guiza, who led the Spanish league with 27 goals scored this season, then headed in the winner in the 88th off a cross from Sergio Garcia.
Both Spain players scored their first goals for their country, which will face Italy in the quarterfinals on Sunday in Vienna. The Spaniards played backups almost exclusively Wednesday.