Euro 2008 Today
VIENNA, Austria (AP)—A look at Day 16 of the 2008 European Championship on Sunday:
Spain 0, Italy 0 (Spain wins shootout 4-2, advances to semifinals)
Spain became the only group winner to advance to the semifinals when it beat World Cup champion Italy 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. The Spaniards, who won all of their Group D games, will play Russia on Thursday in Vienna. The other semifinals has Germany against Turkey at Basel, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Iker Casillas guessed correctly on all four of Italy’s penalty kicks in the shootout, stopping two in a 4-2 victory after a 0-0 draw. Casillas also made two strong saves during the game, and his stops against Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Di Natale in the shootout were decisive.
No team has won the Euro championship after a perfect start since France in 1984. Spain is the only team remaining with a chance to do it.
Turkey’s chances of winning the championship were dealt a blow when forward Nihat Kahveci was ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a right thigh injury. Nihat was hurt in the closing minutes of extra time in Friday’s quarterfinal match against Croatia, which the Turks won in a penalty shootout.
GOAL OF THE DAY
Substitute Cesc Fabregas stepped up to the penalty spot with Spain leading Italy 3-2 in the shootout and put home the winning shot, beating goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with a low shot, sending the Spaniards into the semifinals.
“We are happy to have made the semifinals, but we have a very strong Russia team to play next. We’re looking forward to it.”—Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.