Euro 2008 Today
VIENNA, Austria (AP)—A look at Day 20 of the 2008 European Championship on Thursday:
Spain 3, Russia 0 (Spain advances to final)
Spain continued its undefeated run through the tournament. After winning all three first-round games, outscoring opponents 8-3, it beat Italy in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals, then routed Russia 3-0 in the semifinals. Xavi Hernandez, Daniel Guiza and David Silva scored the goals.
It will be the first final for Spain at a major tournament since losing to France 2-0 at Euro 1984. Spain won the tournament in 1964.
GOAL OF THE DAY
Two Spanish substitutes combined to make it 2-0 against Russia in the 73rd minute. Cesc Fabregas flicked a ball over the top of the defense and Daniel Guiza finished superbly with the outside of his right foot, putting the ball high into the net past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev.
The final on Sunday in Vienna features Germany, a three-time Euros winner, against Spain, which won the title in 1964 as the host. The Germans are 8-5-6 against Spain, including a 4-1-2 record in competitive matches.
COACH FIRED, COACH HIRED
After a disappointing performance at the tournament, Italy fired coach Roberto Donadoni and replaced him with Marcello Lippi, who coached the Azzurri to the 2006 World Cup title.
Spanish striker David Villa was replaced in the first half of the semifinal win against Russia after hurting his leg while hitting a free kick. Cesc Fabregas came on for Villa, who limped off the field after 34 minutes, and will miss the final, coach Luis Aragones said.
“That’s what we wanted, to be in the final. But there’s an adversary called Germany that is going to be interesting.”—Spain coach Luis Aragones after his team beat Russia 3-0.