VIENNA, Austria (AP)â€”A look at Day 10 of the 2008 European Championship on Monday:
Croatia 1, Poland 0 (Croatia wins Group B)
Germany 1, Austria 0 (Germany advances to quarterfinals)
Irked by several decisions against his team, including a yellow card to striker Erwin Hoffer for a late but minor challenge on Germany captain Michael Ballack, Austria coach Josef Hickersberger was expelled in the 41st minute. Germanyâ€™s Joachim Loew then stood toe-to-toe with a UEFA official before being sent from the field as well.
The coaches shook hands before trudging away, with whistles and jeers echoing around the stadium from bemused fans.
Ivan Klasnic became the first player to take part at the European Championship after a kidney transplant, then scored in the second half to give Croatia a 1-0 Group B victory against Poland. In January 2007, the German-born Klasnic suffered kidney failure. Shortly afterward, he received a transplant, but his body rejected the kidney donated by his mother. A couple of months later, he again underwent surgery to replace the rejected kidney with one from his father. Nine months later, Klasnic made an emotional return to soccer with his club Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
Germany captain Michael Ballack scored on a wicked 25-yard free kick for a 1-0 win over Austria and a place in the quarterfinals. Ballack rocketed a shot into the top corner, far beyond goalkeeper Juergen Machoâ€™s reach, in the 49th minute.
Greece striker Fanis Gekas has been ruled out of the next game with Spain after breaking his cheekbone against Russia, while defenders Giourkas Seitaridis and Vassilis Torossidis are also sidelined and midfielder Giorgos Karagounis is doubtful for Wednesday.
Croatiaâ€™s Ivan Klasnic, who had a kidney transplant last year, became the first player to take part at the European Championship after such surgery. Then he scored in the 53rd minute to give Croatia a 1-0 victory against Poland. Klasnic first received a transplant from his mother, but his body rejected it. Then he got one from his father. Nine months later, Klasnic played again with his club Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. On Monday, he made history in the Euros.
GOAL OF THE DAY
Captain Michael Ballack, one of Germanyâ€™s best big-game performers, scored on a powerful 25-yard free kick for a 1-0 win over Austria and a place in the quarterfinals. After playing defensively for much of the match, Ballack sent his shot into the top corner far beyond goalkeeper Juergen Machoâ€™s reach in the 49th minute.
Group C concludes, with the Netherlands already have clinched first place. The Dutch play Romania, which will advance with a victory and could move on with a draw if Italy and France also tie. Romania faces the Netherlands in Bern, Switzerland. Italy-France, a rematch of the 2006 World Cup won by the Italians, takes place in Zurich.
â€œWhatever happened had to do with the fact that things were becoming too chaotic and hectic. Both of the coaches simply tried to explain to the fourth official that they wanted to keep coaching and they were sent off.â€â€”Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick after head coaches Joachim Loew of Germany and Josef Hickersberger of Austria were ejected.
â€œIâ€™m happy that Iâ€™m here at all. As I said once, this is like a bonus from God. Itâ€™s like a dream. I thank God that Iâ€™m alive and that a can play football.â€â€”Croatiaâ€™s Ivan Klasnic, who became the first player to compete in the European Championship with a transplanted kidney. Klasnic scored in Croatiaâ€™s 1-0 win over Poland.