UEFA Euro 2008 Group C

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A free kick in the match between Netherlands and Italy on 9 June

Group C of the 2008 UEFA European Championships is one of four groups of competing nations at UEFA Euro 2008. The first of three rounds of matches took place on 9 June, and finished on 17 June. All six group matches were played at venues in Switzerland, in Zürich and Berne. The group is composed of 2006 FIFA World Cup finalists Italy and France, as well as the Netherlands and Romania. At the time of the draw, these countries' respective Elo rankings among European teams were 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th, and as such the group has been dubbed the competition's "group of death".[1][2] Nevertheless, despite the strength of the four teams, Group C was the only group at Euro 2008 from which no team made it past the quarter-finals; Italy went out in the penalty shoot-out against Spain and the Netherlands lost against Russia.

The Netherlands became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals from Group C. In their first match, they beat the world champions, Italy, 3–0 in a display of counter-attacking football. Then, in their second game, they also beat the 2006 World Cup runners-up, France, 4–1. This left the French in a difficult position, having already played out a scoreless draw against Romania in the group's opening match. Romania also managed to pull off a draw against Italy in their second match, leaving them in second place going into the final round of group matches.

Italy finished as the second quarter-finalists, after they beat France 2–0 in their final game. French defender Éric Abidal was sent off just over a quarter of the way through the game for a foul on Luca Toni in the area; Andrea Pirlo converted the resulting penalty. Daniele De Rossi added the second goal from a deflected free kick just after the hour mark. Because of the Italian win, Romania had to beat the Netherlands to qualify for the quarters, but they were undone by a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goal just after half-time, before Robin van Persie scored his second of the tournament three minutes from the end.[3]

Standings[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Team progressed to the quarter-finals
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9
 Italy 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
 Romania 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
 France 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1

All times local (UTC+2)

Romania vs France[edit]

9 June 2008 (2008-06-09)
18:00
Romania  0–0  France
Report
Letzigrund, Zürich
Attendance: 30,585[4]
Referee: Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)
Romania[5]
France[5]
GK 1 Bogdan Lobonţ
RB 2 Cosmin Contra Booked 40'
CB 4 Gabriel Tamaş
CB 15 Dorin Goian Booked 43'
LB 3 Răzvan Raţ
CM 11 Răzvan Cociş Substituted off 64'
CM 6 Mirel Rădoi Substituted off 90+3'
CM 5 Cristian Chivu (c)
RW 16 Bănel Nicoliţă
CF 21 Daniel Niculae Booked 27'
LW 10 Adrian Mutu Substituted off 78'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Paul Codrea Substituted in 64'
FW 18 Marius Niculae Substituted in 78'
MF 20 Nicolae Dică Substituted in 90+3'
Manager:
Victor Piţurcă
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GK 23 Grégory Coupet
RB 19 Willy Sagnol Booked 51'
CB 15 Lilian Thuram (c)
CB 5 William Gallas
LB 3 Éric Abidal
CM 20 Jérémy Toulalan
CM 6 Claude Makélélé
RW 22 Franck Ribéry
LW 7 Florent Malouda
CF 8 Nicolas Anelka Substituted off 72'
CF 9 Karim Benzema Substituted off 78'
Substitutions:
FW 18 Bafétimbi Gomis Substituted in 72'
MF 11 Samir Nasri Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Raymond Domenech

Man of the Match:
Claude Makélélé (France)[4]

Assistant referees:
Juan Carlos Juste Jiménez (Spain)
Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (Spain)
Fourth official:
Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)

Netherlands vs Italy[edit]

9 June 2008 (2008-06-09)
20:45
Netherlands  3–0  Italy
Van Nistelrooy Goal 26'
Sneijder Goal 31'
Van Bronckhorst Goal 79'
Report
Stade de Suisse, Bern
Attendance: 30,777[6]
Referee: Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Netherlands[7]
Italy[7]
GK 1 Edwin van der Sar (c)
RB 2 André Ooijer
CB 21 Khalid Boulahrouz Substituted off 77'
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst
CM 17 Nigel de Jong Booked 58'
CM 8 Orlando Engelaar
RW 18 Dirk Kuyt Substituted off 81'
AM 23 Rafael van der Vaart
LW 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy Substituted off 70'
Substitutions:
FW 7 Robin van Persie Substituted in 70'
DF 3 John Heitinga Substituted in 77'
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Marco van Basten
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GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 2 Christian Panucci
CB 6 Andrea Barzagli
CB 23 Marco Materazzi Substituted off 54'
LB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta Booked 35'
CM 13 Massimo Ambrosini
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo
CM 8 Gennaro Gattuso Booked 51'
RW 16 Mauro Camoranesi Substituted off 75'
LW 11 Antonio Di Natale Substituted off 64'
CF 9 Luca Toni Booked 27'
Substitutions:
DF 3 Fabio Grosso Substituted in 54'
FW 7 Alessandro Del Piero Substituted in 64'
FW 18 Antonio Cassano Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Roberto Donadoni

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)[6]

Assistant referees:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Italy vs Romania[edit]

NOTE:This Match is A rematch of UEFA Euro 2000 Quarter Finals

13 June 2008 (2008-06-13)
18:00
Italy  1–1  Romania
Panucci Goal 56' Report Mutu Goal 55'
Letzigrund, Zürich
Attendance: 30,585[8]
Referee: Tom Henning Øvrebø (Norway)
Italy[9]
Romania[9]
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon
RB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta
CB 2 Christian Panucci
CB 4 Giorgio Chiellini
LB 3 Fabio Grosso
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo Booked 61'
CM 10 Daniele De Rossi Booked 90+2'
RW 16 Mauro Camoranesi Substituted off 85'
AM 20 Simone Perrotta Substituted off 57'
LW 7 Alessandro Del Piero (c) Substituted off 77'
CF 9 Luca Toni
Substitutions:
FW 18 Antonio Cassano Substituted in 57'
FW 15 Fabio Quagliarella Substituted in 77'
MF 13 Massimo Ambrosini Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Roberto Donadoni
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GK 1 Bogdan Lobonţ
RB 2 Cosmin Contra
CB 4 Gabriel Tamaş
CB 15 Dorin Goian Booked 73'
LB 3 Răzvan Raţ
DM 6 Mirel Rădoi Substituted off 25'
RM 7 Florentin Petre Substituted off 60'
CM 8 Paul Codrea
LM 5 Cristian Chivu (c) Booked 58'
SS 10 Adrian Mutu Booked 43' Substituted off 88'
CF 21 Daniel Niculae
Substitutions:
MF 20 Nicolae Dică Substituted in 25'
MF 16 Bănel Nicoliţă Substituted in 60'
MF 11 Răzvan Cociş Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Victor Piţurcă

Man of the Match:
Andrea Pirlo (Italy)[8]

Assistant referees:
Geir Åge Holen (Norway)
Jan Petter Randen (Norway)
Fourth official:
Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Netherlands vs France[edit]

13 June 2008 (2008-06-13)
20:45
Netherlands  4–1  France
Kuyt Goal 9'
Van Persie Goal 59'
Robben Goal 72'
Sneijder Goal 90+2'
Report Henry Goal 71'
Stade de Suisse, Bern
Attendance: 30,777[10]
Referee: Herbert Fandel (Germany)
Netherlands[11]
France[11]
GK 1 Edwin van der Sar (c)
RB 21 Khalid Boulahrouz
CB 2 André Ooijer Booked 51'
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst
CM 17 Nigel de Jong
CM 8 Orlando Engelaar Substituted off 46'
RW 18 Dirk Kuyt Substituted off 55'
AM 23 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted off 78'
LW 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy
Substitutions:
MF 11 Arjen Robben Substituted in 46'
FW 7 Robin van Persie Substituted in 55'
DF 14 Wilfred Bouma Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Marco van Basten
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GK 23 Grégory Coupet
RB 19 Willy Sagnol
CB 15 Lilian Thuram (c)
CB 5 William Gallas
LB 13 Patrice Evra
CM 20 Jérémy Toulalan Booked 82'
CM 6 Claude Makélélé Booked 32'
RW 10 Sidney Govou Substituted off 75'
LW 7 Florent Malouda Substituted off 60'
SS 22 Franck Ribéry
CF 12 Thierry Henry
Substitutions:
FW 18 Bafétimbi Gomis Substituted in 60'
FW 8 Nicolas Anelka Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Raymond Domenech

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)[10]

Assistant referees:
Carsten Kadach (Germany)
Volker Wezel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Grzegorz Gilewski (Poland)

Netherlands vs Romania[edit]

17 June 2008 (2008-06-17)
20:45
Netherlands  2–0  Romania
Huntelaar Goal 54'
Van Persie Goal 87'
Report
Stade de Suisse, Bern
Attendance: 30,777[12]
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
Netherlands[13]
Romania[13]
GK 16 Maarten Stekelenburg
RB 21 Khalid Boulahrouz Substituted off 58'
CB 3 John Heitinga (c)
CB 14 Wilfred Bouma
LB 15 Tim de Cler
CM 6 Demy de Zeeuw
CM 8 Orlando Engelaar
RW 20 Ibrahim Afellay
AM 7 Robin van Persie
LW 11 Arjen Robben Substituted off 61'
CF 19 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Substituted off 83'
Substitutions:
DF 12 Mario Melchiot Substituted in 58'
FW 18 Dirk Kuyt Substituted in 61'
FW 22 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Marco van Basten
NED-ROU 2008-06-17.svg
GK 1 Bogdan Lobonţ
RB 2 Cosmin Contra
CB 4 Gabriel Tamaş
CB 14 Sorin Ghionea
LB 3 Răzvan Raţ
DM 8 Paul Codrea Substituted off 72'
CM 11 Răzvan Cociş
CM 5 Cristian Chivu (c) Booked 78'
RW 16 Bănel Nicoliţă Substituted off 82'
LW 10 Adrian Mutu
CF 18 Marius Niculae Substituted off 59'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Daniel Niculae Substituted in 59'
MF 20 Nicolae Dică Substituted in 72'
MF 7 Florentin Petre Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Victor Piţurcă

Man of the Match:
Robin van Persie (Netherlands)[12]

Assistant referees:
Matthias Arnet (Switzerland)
Stéphane Cuhat (Switzerland)
Fourth official:
Craig Thomson (Scotland)

France vs Italy[edit]

NOTE:This Match is A rematch of 1998 FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals, UEFA Euro 2000 Final and 2006 FIFA World Cup Final

17 June 2008 (2008-06-17)
20:45
France  0–2  Italy
Report Pirlo Goal 25' (pen.)
De Rossi Goal 62'
Letzigrund, Zürich
Attendance: 30,585[14]
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
France[15]
Italy[15]
GK 23 Grégory Coupet
RB 14 François Clerc
CB 5 William Gallas
CB 3 Éric Abidal Red card 24'
LB 13 Patrice Evra Booked 18'
CM 20 Jérémy Toulalan
CM 6 Claude Makélélé
RW 10 Sidney Govou Booked 47' Substituted off 66'
LW 22 Franck Ribéry Substituted off 10'
CF 9 Karim Benzema
CF 12 Thierry Henry (c) Booked 85'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Samir Nasri Substituted in 10' Substituted off 26'
DF 2 Jean-Alain Boumsong Booked 72' Substituted in 26'
FW 8 Nicolas Anelka Substituted in 66'
Manager:
Raymond Domenech
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GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta
CB 2 Christian Panucci
CB 4 Giorgio Chiellini Booked 45+4'
LB 3 Fabio Grosso
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo Booked 44' Substituted off 55'
CM 10 Daniele De Rossi
CM 8 Gennaro Gattuso Booked 54' Substituted off 82'
AM 20 Simone Perrotta Substituted off 64'
CF 9 Luca Toni
CF 18 Antonio Cassano
Substitutions:
MF 13 Massimo Ambrosini Substituted in 55'
MF 16 Mauro Camoranesi Substituted in 64'
MF 22 Alberto Aquilani Substituted in 82'
Manager:
Roberto Donadoni

Man of the Match:
Daniele De Rossi (Italy)[14]

Assistant referees:
Roman Slyško (Slovakia)
Martin Balko (Slovakia)
Fourth official:
Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Italy and France in Euro 2008 'group of death'". ESPN Soccernet (ESPN). 2 December 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2008. 
  3. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (11 June 2008). "France 0–2 Italy & Netherlands 2–0 Romania". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Full-time report Romania-France" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group C – Romania-France" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Full-time report Netherlands-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
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  9. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group C – Italy-Romania" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
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  13. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Group C – Netherlands-Romania" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Full-time report France-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
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