UEFA Euro 2008 Group A

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Group A of the 2008 UEFA European Championships is one of four groups competing of nations at UEFA Euro 2008. The group's first round of matches was played on 7 June, with the final round played on 15 June. All six group matches were played at venues in Switzerland, in Basel and Geneva. The group consisted of co-host Switzerland, UEFA Euro 2004 host and finalist Portugal, as well as Czech Republic and Turkey.

Portugal won their first two games against Turkey and the Czech Republic, scoring five goals in the process, to qualify for the quarter-finals by winning the group. The second quarter-final place would go to the winner of the match between Turkey and the Czech Republic. As the two teams had identical records going into the game, if the match had finished as a draw, the quarter-final place would have been determined by a penalty shootout – what would have been the first group stage penalty shootout in a major international tournament. Meanwhile, Switzerland became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament after losing to Turkey 2–1 in their second match, Arda Turan scoring a deflected winner in the last minute, having lost 1–0 to the Czech Republic in their opening match.[1] This match between Switzerland and Turkey was dubbed the "Bath of Basel" as the rain poured down incessantly. The weather suited the long-ball Swiss more than the short-passing Turks, and before half time the Swiss had capitalised on the conditions. Indeed Hakan Yakin's goal stemmed from the ball stopping in a puddle and allowing him an easy finish, which led the BBC commentary team to utter the classic, "It's a tap-in ... Hakan Yakin!" In the second half Turkey's more direct style yielded two goals, the second a last-minute long-range shot from Arda Turan which went in off a deflection. This was the first of several last-gasp victories for the Turkish team at the tournament, made all the more impressive by their injury woes at that time.

The final round of matches saw the Portuguese name an under-strength team for their match against Switzerland, their progression already assured. Their opponents, however, fielded a strong side and won the match 2–0, securing their first win in a European Championship.[2] Meanwhile, with a place in the quarter-finals to play for, Turkey and the Czech Republic each had to win to qualify. The Czechs went into half time 1–0 up, and doubled their lead soon after half-time. Arda Turan brought the Turks back into the game in the 75th minute, before Petr Čech made an uncharacteristic error, dropping the ball at the feet of Nihat Kahveci, who was left with a simple finish. Boosted by the equaliser, Turkey went for the win, and two minutes later, Nihat curled the ball past Čech from 20 yards. Then, with just moments left to play, the Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel pushed over the big Czech striker Jan Koller, resulting in a red card for the Turk. With no substitutions left, Turkey had to put Tuncay Şanlı in goal, but still managed to secure their place in the quarter-finals.[3] Tempers continued to boil over, as Milan Baroš was booked, despite having been on the bench for the whole game.

Standings[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Team progressed to the quarter-finals
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Turkey 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
 Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
 Switzerland 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3

All times local (UTC+2)

Switzerland vs Czech Republic[edit]

7 June 2008 (2008-06-07)
18:00
Switzerland  0–1  Czech Republic
Report Svěrkoš Goal 71'
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 39,730[4]
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
Switzerland[5]
Czech Republic[5]
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner Substituted off 75'
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin Booked 59'
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes
RW 19 Valon Behrami Substituted off 84'
LW 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Booked 90+3'
CF 9 Alexander Frei (c) Substituted off 46'
CF 11 Marco Streller
Substitutions:
MF 10 Hakan Yakin Substituted in 46'
FW 22 Johan Vonlanthen Booked 76' Substituted in 75'
FW 12 Eren Derdiyok Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn
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GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 2 Zdeněk Grygera
CB 21 Tomáš Ujfaluši (c)
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomáš Galásek
CM 14 David Jarolím Substituted off 87'
CM 3 Jan Polák
RW 7 Libor Sionko Substituted off 83'
LW 20 Jaroslav Plašil
CF 9 Jan Koller Substituted off 56'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Václav Svěrkoš Substituted in 56'
FW 11 Stanislav Vlček Substituted in 83'
MF 5 Radoslav Kováč Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Karel Brückner

Man of the Match:
Tomáš Ujfaluši (Czech Republic)[4]

Assistant referees:
Alessandro Griselli (Italy)
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)
Fourth official:
Stéphane Lannoy (France)

Portugal vs Turkey[edit]

7 June 2008 (2008-06-07)
20:45
Portugal  2–0  Turkey
Pepe Goal 61'
Meireles Goal 90+3'
Report
Stade de Genève, Geneva
Attendance: 29,106[6]
Referee: Herbert Fandel (Germany)
Portugal[7]
Turkey[7]
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 4 José Bosingwa
CB 15 Pepe
CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira
CM 8 Petit
CM 10 João Moutinho
RW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
AM 20 Deco Substituted off 90+2'
LW 11 Simão Substituted off 83'
CF 21 Nuno Gomes (c) Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
FW 19 Nani Substituted in 69'
MF 6 Raul Meireles Substituted in 83'
DF 5 Fernando Meira Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
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GK 23 Volkan Demirel
RB 22 Hamit Altıntop Substituted off 76'
CB 2 Servet Çetin
CB 4 Gökhan Zan Booked 51' Substituted off 55'
LB 3 Hakan Balta
RM 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Booked 4'
CM 5 Emre Belözoğlu (c)
LM 7 Mehmet Aurélio
AM 21 Mevlüt Erdinç Substituted off 46'
AM 17 Tuncay Şanlı
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci
Substitutions:
DF 20 Sabri Sarıoğlu Booked 73' Substituted in 46'
DF 15 Emre Aşık Substituted in 55'
FW 9 Semih Şentürk Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Pepe (Portugal)[6]

Assistant referees:
Carsten Kadach (Germany)
Volker Wezel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Czech Republic vs Portugal[edit]

11 June 2008 (2008-06-11)
18:00
Czech Republic  1–3  Portugal
Sionko Goal 17' Report Deco Goal 8'
Ronaldo Goal 63'
Quaresma Goal 90+1'
Stade de Genève, Geneva
Attendance: 29,016[8]
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
Czech Republic[9]
Portugal[9]
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 2 Zdeněk Grygera
CB 21 Tomáš Ujfaluši (c)
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomáš Galásek Substituted off 73'
CM 17 Marek Matějovský Substituted off 68'
CM 3 Jan Polák Booked 22'
RW 7 Libor Sionko
LW 20 Jaroslav Plašil Substituted off 84'
CF 15 Milan Baroš
Substitutions:
FW 11 Stanislav Vlček Substituted in 68'
FW 9 Jan Koller Substituted in 73'
MF 14 David Jarolím Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Karel Brückner
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GK 1 Ricardo
RB 4 José Bosingwa Booked 31'
CB 15 Pepe
CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira
CM 8 Petit
CM 10 João Moutinho Substituted off 75'
RW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
AM 20 Deco
LW 11 Simão Substituted off 80'
CF 21 Nuno Gomes (c) Substituted off 79'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Fernando Meira Substituted in 75'
FW 9 Hugo Almeida Substituted in 79'
MF 17 Ricardo Quaresma Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)[8]

Assistant referees:
Dimitris Bozatzidis (Greece)
Dimitris Saraidaris (Greece)
Fourth official:
Kristinn Jakobsson (Iceland)

Switzerland vs Turkey[edit]

11 June 2008 (2008-06-11)
20:45
Switzerland  1–2  Turkey
Yakin Goal 32' Report Semih Goal 57'
Turan Goal 90+2'
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 39,730[10]
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
Switzerland[11]
Turkey[11]
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin (c)
RM 19 Valon Behrami
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes Substituted off 76'
LM 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Substituted off 66'
SS 10 Hakan Yakin Substituted off 85'
CF 12 Eren Derdiyok Booked 55'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Johan Vonlanthen Substituted in 66'
MF 7 Ricardo Cabanas Substituted in 76'
FW 14 Daniel Gygax Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn
SUI-TUR 2008-06-11.svg
GK 23 Volkan Demirel
RB 22 Hamit Altıntop
CB 15 Emre Aşık
CB 2 Servet Çetin
LB 3 Hakan Balta Booked 48'
DM 7 Mehmet Aurélio Booked 41'
RM 10 Gökdeniz Karadeniz Substituted off 46'
LM 14 Arda Turan
AM 11 Tümer Metin Substituted off 46'
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci (c) Substituted off 85'
CF 17 Tuncay Şanlı Booked 31'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Mehmet Topal Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Semih Şentürk Substituted in 46'
MF 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Arda Turan (Turkey)[10]

Assistant referees:
Roman Slyško (Slovakia)
Martin Balko (Slovakia)
Fourth official:
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Switzerland vs Portugal[edit]

15 June 2008 (2008-06-15)
20:45
Switzerland  2–0  Portugal
Yakin Goal 71'83' (pen.) Report
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 39,730[12]
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria)
Switzerland[13]
Portugal[13]
GK 18 Pascal Zuberbühler
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner Substituted off 83'
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin (c)
RM 19 Valon Behrami
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes Booked 90+2'
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
LM 22 Johan Vonlanthen Booked 37' Substituted off 61'
SS 10 Hakan Yakin Booked 27' Substituted off 86'
CF 12 Eren Derdiyok
Substitutions:
MF 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Booked 81' Substituted in 61'
DF 13 Stéphane Grichting Substituted in 83'
MF 7 Ricardo Cabanas Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn
SUI-POR 2008-06-15.svg
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 13 Miguel Booked 81'
CB 15 Pepe
CB 3 Bruno Alves
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira Booked 30' Substituted off 41'
CM 5 Fernando Meira (c) Booked 78'
CM 18 Miguel Veloso Substituted off 71'
CM 6 Raul Meireles
RW 17 Ricardo Quaresma
LW 19 Nani
CF 23 Hélder Postiga Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
DF 14 Jorge Ribeiro Booked 64' Substituted in 41'
MF 10 João Moutinho Substituted in 71'
FW 9 Hugo Almeida Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Hakan Yakin (Switzerland)[12]

Assistant referees:
Egon Bereuter (Austria)
Markus Mayr (Austria)
Fourth official:
Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Turkey vs Czech Republic[edit]

15 June 2008 (2008-06-15)
20:45
Turkey  3–2  Czech Republic
Arda Goal 75'
Nihat Goal 87'89'
Report Koller Goal 34'
Plašil Goal 62'
Stade de Genève, Geneva
Attendance: 29,016[14]
Referee: Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Turkey[15]
Czech Republic[15]
GK 23 Volkan Demirel Red card 90+2'
RB 22 Hamit Altıntop
CB 13 Emre Güngör Substituted off 63'
CB 2 Servet Çetin
LB 3 Hakan Balta
RM 6 Mehmet Topal Booked 6' Substituted off 57'
CM 7 Mehmet Aurélio Booked 10'
CM 14 Arda Turan Booked 64'
LM 17 Tuncay Şanlı
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci (c)
CF 9 Semih Şentürk Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Sabri Sarıoğlu Substituted in 46'
MF 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Substituted in 57'
DF 15 Emre Aşık Booked 73' Substituted in 63'
Manager:
Fatih Terim
TUR-CZE 2008-06-15.svg
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 2 Zdeněk Grygera
CB 21 Tomáš Ujfaluši (c) Booked 90+4'
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomáš Galásek Booked 80'
CM 17 Marek Matějovský Substituted off 39'
CM 3 Jan Polák
RW 7 Libor Sionko Substituted off 85'
LW 20 Jaroslav Plašil Substituted off 80'
CF 9 Jan Koller
Substitutions:
MF 14 David Jarolím Substituted in 39'
DF 13 Michal Kadlec Substituted in 80'
FW 11 Stanislav Vlček Substituted in 85'
FW 15 Milan Baroš[note 1] Booked 90+5'
Manager:
Karel Brückner

Man of the Match:
Nihat Kahveci (Turkey)[14]

Assistant referees:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Grzegorz Gilewski (Poland)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Baroš was booked on the substitutes' bench, despite not playing any part in the match

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (11 June 2008). "Switzerland 1–2 Turkey". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (15 June 2008). "Turkey 3–2 Czech R & Switzerland 2–0 Portugal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Ashdown, John (15 June 2008). "Turkey v Czech Republic – as it happened". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
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  6. ^ a b "Full-time report Portugal-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
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  8. ^ a b "Full-time report Czech Republic-Portugal" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
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  10. ^ a b "Full-time report Switzerland-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group A – Switzerland-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Full-time report Switzerland-Portugal" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group A – Switzerland-Portugal" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Full-time report Turkey-Czech Republic" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
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