UEFA Euro 2008 Group B

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Group B of the 2008 UEFA European Championships was one of four groups of competing nations at UEFA Euro 2008. The first of the three rounds of matches were played on 8 June, and the final round was completed on 16 June. All six of the group's matches were played at venues in Austria, in Vienna and Klagenfurt. The group is made up of four central European nations; co-hosts Austria, as well as Croatia, Germany and Poland. Austria and Poland are appearing in a European Championship finals for the first time.

Croatia became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals from Group B when they followed up a 1–0 win against Austria in their first match with a 2–1 win over Germany. This, in conjunction with Austria's 1–1 draw with Poland, meant that Croatia would finish top of the group. The second quarter-final spot was decided by the group's final games, with Germany defeating Austria through a Michael Ballack free kick, making the result of the Poland vs Croatia match irrelevant. Had Germany lost, Poland could still have qualified with a win over Croatia. However, a goal from Ivan Klasnić won the game for Croatia, making the Croatians the first team to gain maximum points in the group stage.

Standings[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Team progressed to the quarter-finals
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
 Germany 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
 Austria 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
 Poland 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1

All times local (UTC+2)

Austria vs Croatia[edit]

8 June 2008 (2008-06-08)
18:00
Austria  0–1  Croatia
Report Modrić Goal 4' (pen.)
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 51,428[1]
Referee: Pieter Vink (Netherlands)
Austria[2]
Croatia[2]
GK 21 Jürgen Macho
CB 15 Sebastian Prödl Booked 68'
CB 3 Martin Stranzl
CB 4 Emanuel Pogatetz Booked 3'
DM 6 René Aufhauser
DM 19 Jürgen Säumel Booked 21' Substituted off 61'
RM 2 Joachim Standfest
LM 12 Ronald Gërçaliu Substituted off 69'
AM 10 Andreas Ivanschitz (c)
CF 20 Martin Harnik
CF 9 Roland Linz Substituted off 73'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Ivica Vastić Substituted in 61'
MF 11 Ümit Korkmaz Substituted in 69'
FW 18 Roman Kienast Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Josef Hickersberger
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GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 4 Robert Kovač Booked 51'
CB 3 Josip Šimunić
LB 22 Danijel Pranjić
RM 11 Darijo Srna
CM 10 Niko Kovač (c)
CM 14 Luka Modrić
LM 19 Niko Kranjčar Substituted off 61'
CF 18 Ivica Olić Substituted off 83'
CF 21 Mladen Petrić Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
DF 15 Dario Knežević Substituted in 61'
FW 20 Igor Budan Substituted in 72'
MF 8 Ognjen Vukojević Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić

Man of the Match:
Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)[1]

Assistant referees:
Adriaan Inia (Netherlands)
Hans ten Hoove (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Kristinn Jakobsson (Iceland)

Germany vs Poland[edit]

8 June 2008 (2008-06-08)
20:45
Germany  2–0  Poland
Podolski Goal 20'72' Report
Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
Attendance: 30,461[3]
Referee: Tom Henning Øvrebø (Norway)
Germany[4]
Poland[4]
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 16 Philipp Lahm
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
LB 2 Marcell Jansen
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c)
RW 4 Clemens Fritz Substituted off 56'
LW 20 Lukas Podolski
CF 9 Mario Gómez Substituted off 75'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted off 90+1'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Booked 64' Substituted in 56'
MF 15 Thomas Hitzlsperger Substituted in 75'
FW 22 Kevin Kurányi Substituted in 90+1'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
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GK 1 Artur Boruc
RB 13 Marcin Wasilewski
CB 14 Michał Żewłakow
CB 6 Jacek Bąk
LB 4 Paweł Golański Substituted off 75'
CM 5 Dariusz Dudka
CM 18 Mariusz Lewandowski Booked 60'
RW 17 Wojciech Łobodziński Substituted off 65'
AM 9 Maciej Żurawski (c) Substituted off 46'
LW 8 Jacek Krzynówek
CF 7 Euzebiusz Smolarek Booked 40'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Roger Guerreiro Substituted in 46'
MF 16 Łukasz Piszczek Substituted in 65'
FW 11 Marek Saganowski Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker

Man of the Match:
Lukas Podolski (Germany)[3]

Assistant referees:
Geir Åge Holen (Norway)
Jan Petter Randen (Norway)
Fourth official:
Craig Thomson (Scotland)

Croatia vs Germany[edit]

12 June 2008 (2008-06-12)
18:00
Croatia  2–1  Germany
Srna Goal 24'
Olić Goal 62'
Report Podolski Goal 79'
Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
Attendance: 30,461[5]
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Croatia[6]
Germany[6]
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 4 Robert Kovač
CB 3 Josip Šimunić Booked 45+1'
LB 22 Danijel Pranjić
RM 11 Darijo Srna Booked 27' Substituted off 80'
CM 14 Luka Modrić Booked 90+3'
CM 10 Niko Kovač (c)
LM 7 Ivan Rakitić
SS 19 Niko Kranjčar Substituted off 85'
CF 18 Ivica Olić Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Mladen Petrić Substituted in 72'
MF 16 Jerko Leko Booked 90+2' Substituted in 80'
DF 15 Dario Knežević Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić
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GK 1 Jens Lehmann Booked 90+2'
RB 16 Philipp Lahm
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
LB 2 Marcell Jansen Substituted off 46'
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c) Booked 75'
RW 4 Clemens Fritz Substituted off 82'
LW 20 Lukas Podolski
CF 9 Mario Gómez Substituted off 66'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose
Substitutions:
MF 19 David Odonkor Substituted in 46'
MF 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Red card 90+2' Substituted in 66'
FW 22 Kevin Kurányi Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Luka Modrić (Croatia)[5]

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Alex Verstraeten (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Stéphane Lannoy (France)

Austria vs Poland[edit]

12 June 2008 (2008-06-12)
20:45
Austria  1–1  Poland
Vastić Goal 90+3' (pen.) Report Guerreiro Goal 30'
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 51,428[7]
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
Austria[8]
Poland[8]
GK 21 Jürgen Macho
RB 14 György Garics
CB 15 Sebastian Prödl Booked 72'
CB 3 Martin Stranzl
LB 4 Emanuel Pogatetz
DM 6 René Aufhauser Substituted off 74'
RM 8 Christoph Leitgeb
CM 10 Andreas Ivanschitz (c) Substituted off 64'
LM 11 Ümit Korkmaz Booked 56'
CF 20 Martin Harnik
CF 9 Roland Linz Substituted off 64'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Ivica Vastić Substituted in 64'
FW 18 Roman Kienast Substituted in 64'
MF 19 Jürgen Säumel Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Josef Hickersberger
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GK 1 Artur Boruc
RB 13 Marcin Wasilewski Booked 58'
CB 2 Mariusz Jop Substituted off 46'
CB 6 Jacek Bąk (c) Booked 90+3'
LB 14 Michał Żewłakow
RM 5 Dariusz Dudka
CM 18 Mariusz Lewandowski
LM 8 Jacek Krzynówek Booked 61'
AM 20 Roger Guerreiro Substituted off 85'
CF 11 Marek Saganowski Substituted off 83'
CF 7 Euzebiusz Smolarek
Substitutions:
DF 4 Paweł Golański Substituted in 46'
MF 17 Wojciech Łobodziński Substituted in 83'
MF 19 Rafał Murawski Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker

Man of the Match:
Roger Guerreiro (Poland)[7]

Assistant referees:
Darren Cann (England)
Mike Mullarkey (England)
Fourth official:
Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Poland vs Croatia[edit]

16 June 2008 (2008-06-16)
20:45
Poland  0–1  Croatia
Report Klasnić Goal 53'
Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
Attendance: 30,461[9]
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
Poland[10]
Croatia[10]
GK 1 Artur Boruc
RB 13 Marcin Wasilewski
CB 14 Michał Żewłakow (c)
CB 5 Dariusz Dudka
LB 3 Jakub Wawrzyniak
CM 19 Rafał Murawski
CM 18 Mariusz Lewandowski Booked 38' Substituted off 46'
RW 17 Wojciech Łobodziński Substituted off 55'
AM 20 Roger Guerreiro
LW 8 Jacek Krzynówek
CF 11 Marek Saganowski Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
DF 23 Adam Kokoszka Substituted in 46'
FW 7 Euzebiusz Smolarek Substituted in 55'
FW 21 Tomasz Zahorski Booked 84' Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker
POL-CRO 2008-06-16.svg
GK 23 Vedran Runje
RB 2 Dario Šimić (c)
CB 6 Hrvoje Vejić Booked 45'
CB 15 Dario Knežević Substituted off 27'
LB 22 Danijel Pranjić
RM 16 Jerko Leko
CM 8 Ognjen Vukojević Booked 85'
CM 13 Nikola Pokrivač
LM 7 Ivan Rakitić
CF 17 Ivan Klasnić Substituted off 74'
CF 21 Mladen Petrić Substituted off 75'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Vedran Ćorluka Substituted in 27'
FW 9 Nikola Kalinić Substituted in 74'
MF 19 Niko Kranjčar Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić

Man of the Match:
Ivan Klasnić (Croatia)[9]

Assistant referees:
Dimitris Bozatzidis (Greece)
Dimitris Saraidaris (Greece)
Fourth official:
Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)

Austria vs Germany[edit]

16 June 2008 (2008-06-16)
20:45
Austria  0–1  Germany
Report Ballack Goal 49'
Austria[12]
Germany[12]
GK 21 Jürgen Macho
RB 14 György Garics
CB 3 Martin Stranzl Booked 13'
CB 17 Martin Hiden Substituted off 55'
LB 4 Emanuel Pogatetz
CM 6 René Aufhauser Substituted off 63'
LM 5 Christian Fuchs
AM 10 Andreas Ivanschitz (c) Booked 48'
RW 20 Martin Harnik Substituted off 67'
LW 11 Ümit Korkmaz
CF 22 Erwin Hoffer Booked 31'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Christoph Leitgeb Substituted in 55'
MF 19 Jürgen Säumel Substituted in 63'
FW 18 Roman Kienast Substituted in 67'
Manager:
Josef Hickersberger[note 1]
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GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
LB 16 Philipp Lahm
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c)
RW 4 Clemens Fritz Substituted off 90+3'
LW 20 Lukas Podolski Substituted off 83'
CF 9 Mario Gómez Substituted off 60'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose
Substitutions:
MF 15 Thomas Hitzlsperger Substituted in 60'
FW 10 Oliver Neuville Substituted in 83'
MF 18 Tim Borowski Substituted in 90+3'
Manager:
Joachim Löw[note 1]

Man of the Match:
Michael Ballack (Germany)[11]

Assistant referees:
Juan Carlos Juste Jiménez (Spain)
Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (Spain)
Fourth official:
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Both managers were expelled by referee Mejuto González in the 41st minute.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Full-time report Austria-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group B – Austria-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Full-time report Germany-Poland" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group B – Germany-Poland" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 8 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Full-time report Croatia-Germany" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group B – Croatia-Germany" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Full-time report Austria-Poland" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group B – Austria-Poland" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Full-time report Poland-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group B – Poland-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Full-time report Austria-Germany" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group B – Austria-Germany" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012.