Euro 2008 Today

VIENNA, Austria (AP)—A look at Day 12 of the 2008 European Championship on Wednesday:


Spain 2, Greece 1 (Spain wins Group D, Greece eliminated)

Russia 2, Sweden 0 (Russia advances to quarterfinals, Sweden eliminated)


Russia used speed and crisp pacing to dominate Sweden 2-0 and move into the quarterfinals out of Group D. 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, Switzerland.


Greece was the only team not to earn a point in the tournament. The defending champions lost 2-1 to Spain in Salzburg, Austria, and left with only one goal scored.

Sweden collapsed when a draw with Russia would have carried it to the quarterfinals, falling 2-0 in Innsbruck, Austria, in a game that was completely lopsided.


Andrei Arshavin, coming off a two-match suspension, got the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Russia that carried his team into the quarterfinals.

Dani Guiza, who led the Spanish league with 27 goals this season, headed in the winner in the 88th minute off a cross from Sergio Garcia for Spain’s 2-1 victory over Greece.


Lukas Podolski, Germany’s leading scorer with three goals, has a left calf injury and is questionable against Portugal in Thursday’s quarterfinal. Central midfielder Torsten Frings has a fractured rib and also could miss the game.


Greece became the first defending champion to leave the Euros with no points. The Greeks lost to Russia, Sweden and Spain in Group D.


Germany coach Joachim Loew was suspended from working Thursday’s European Championship quarterfinal match against Portugal. UEFA punished Loew on Wednesday for his sideline argument with a fourth official in a win over Austria.

Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel was suspended for two matches after being ejected against the Czech Republic on Sunday, then not leaving the bench area. Demirel will miss the quarterfinal game against Croatia on Friday night. The goalkeeper was sent off in the final minute of Turkey’s 3-2 win in Group A in Geneva for knocking down striker Jan Koller. He then sat on the team’s bench in violation of FIFA rules.

Turkey is appealing the ban.


Greece avoided becoming the first defending champion to leave the European Championship without scoring a goal, getting a 42nd-minute header from Angelos Charisteas. His header from inside the area came off a free kick by Giorgos Karagounis.


The quarterfinals begin with Portugal, winner of Group A, playing Group B runner-up Germany in Basel, Switzerland. The other quarterfinal matchups later in the week are Croatia-Turkey in Vienna, Netherlands-Russia in Basel, plus Spain-Italy in Vienna.


“Holland is the best team in the tournament and … it will be very interesting to play against such a strong team,” Russia’s Andrei Arshavin about Saturday’s quarterfinal.