UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase

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The knockout phase of UEFA Euro 2008 began with the quarter-finals on 19 June 2008, and was completed on 29 June 2008 with the final at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna.

All times Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

Format[edit]

The knockout phase was different from that of past tournaments. Teams in groups A and B were separated from teams in groups C and D until the final. This increased the chance of a group fixture being replayed in the knockout phase, and rendered a final between two teams drawn in the same half of the tournament impossible. The reason for the format change this year was to equalise the rest periods during the knockout phase.[1] Also, in another major change, for the first time in a European Championship, only two venues (St. Jakob-Park, Basel and Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna) were used for the seven matches in the knockout phase of the tournament.[1] As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there was no third place play-off.

Another new rule forgave all single yellow cards received up to and including the quarter-finals. However, players that were booked both in group tournament and quarter-finals missed semi-finals through suspension, but could play in the final. It was thus not possible to be suspended for the final without a red card.

Qualified teams[edit]

The top two placed teams from each of the four groups qualified for the knockout stage.

Group Winners Runners-up
A  Portugal  Turkey
B  Croatia  Germany
C  Netherlands  Italy
D  Spain  Russia

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
19 June – Basel
 
 
 Portugal2
 
25 June – Basel
 
 Germany3
 
 Germany3
 
20 June – Vienna
 
 Turkey2
 
 Croatia1 (1)
 
29 June – Vienna
 
 Turkey (p)1 (3)
 
 Germany0
 
21 June – Basel
 
 Spain1
 
 Netherlands1
 
26 June – Vienna
 
 Russia (a.e.t.)3
 
 Russia0
 
22 June – Vienna
 
 Spain3
 
 Spain (p)0 (4)
 
 
 Italy0 (2)
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first quarter-final saw Group A winners Portugal take on Germany, who finished as runners-up of Group B. Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the opener half-way through the first half, before Miroslav Klose doubled their lead four minutes later. Portugal pulled one back five minutes before half-time, but Germany restored their two-goal lead on the hour mark. Portugal now needed two goals to take the game to extra time; Hélder Postiga pulled one back, but Germany were able to hang on to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 1996.

The second quarter-final was between Croatia and Turkey, and was a less high scoring affair. No goals were scored in normal time, and it took 29 minutes of extra time before Ivan Klasnić put Croatia into the lead. However, two minutes into injury time at the end of extra time Turkey was awarded a free kick. Controversially referee Roberto Rosetti did not allow the Croatian coach to put on a substitute, after Turkey was awarded the free kick, which would have allowed for the Croatian defence to better settle. A long free kick from Turkey goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber found Semih Şentürk on the edge of the area; the striker turned and hit a shot into the top corner of the net to take the game to a penalty shootout. Croatia went first, but only managed to score one of their four penalties, while Turkey scored all three of theirs to win 3–1.

The Group C winners, the Netherlands, who had won all three of their group games, took on Group D runners-up Russia in quarter-final 3. The Netherlands' players wore black armbands in sympathy for the death of Anissa, Khalid Boulahrouz's premature baby daughter. Russia took the lead through Roman Pavlyuchenko just before the hour mark. Ruud van Nistelrooy equalised in the 86th minute. In the 90th minute, Ľuboš Micheľ sent the Russian defender Denis Kolodin off the field for his second yellow card, but reversed his decision. The reversal was based on a linesman's (mistaken) observation that the ball was out of play before the tackle.[2] Eugen Strigel, head of the German referee committee, later judged the reversal against regulations as well as based on a mistaken premise.[3] The Russians played on with 11 players and with two quick-fire goals in the last eight minutes of extra time from Dmitri Torbinski and Andrei Arshavin secured a remarkable win.

The final quarter-final pitted Spain against Italy. With such big names on show, fans might have expected an exciting match. However, in 120 minutes of football, neither team managed to produce a goal, sending the game to penalties. Spain went first and scored three of their first four penalties, Gianluigi Buffon saving the other from Dani Güiza, while Iker Casillas saved two of Italy's four penalties. This left Cesc Fàbregas having to score to send Spain through. He converted, meaning that Spain had won their first competitive match against Italy since the 1920 Summer Olympics and that Spain had qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since 1984.

Portugal vs Germany[edit]

Portugal  2–3  Germany
Report
Attendance: 39,374[4]
Portugal[5]
Germany[5]
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 4 José Bosingwa
CB 15 Pepe Yellow card 60'
CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira
CM 8 Petit Yellow card 26' Substituted off 73'
CM 10 João Moutinho Substituted off 31'
RW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
AM 20 Deco
LW 11 Simão
CF 21 Nuno Gomes (c) Substituted off 67'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Raul Meireles Substituted in 31'
MF 19 Nani Substituted in 67'
FW 23 Hélder Postiga Yellow card 90' Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
POR-GER 2008-06-19.svg
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich Yellow card 48'
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
LB 16 Philipp Lahm Yellow card 49'
CM 6 Simon Rolfes
CM 13 Michael Ballack (c)
RW 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Substituted off 83'
LW 15 Thomas Hitzlsperger Substituted off 73'
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted off 89'
CF 20 Lukas Podolski
Substitutions:
MF 18 Tim Borowski Substituted in 73'
DF 4 Clemens Fritz Substituted in 83'
DF 2 Marcell Jansen Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Hans-Dieter Flick[note 1]

Man of the Match:
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)[4]

Assistant referees:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

Croatia vs Turkey[edit]

Croatia  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Turkey
Klasnić Goal 119' Report Semih Goal 120+2'
Penalties
1–3
Attendance: 51,428[6]
Croatia[7]
Turkey[7]
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 4 Robert Kovač
CB 3 Josip Šimunić
LB 22 Danijel Pranjić
CM 14 Luka Modrić
CM 10 Niko Kovač (c)
RW 11 Darijo Srna
LW 7 Ivan Rakitić
SS 19 Niko Kranjčar Substituted off 65'
CF 18 Ivica Olić Substituted off 97'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Mladen Petrić Substituted in 65'
FW 17 Ivan Klasnić Substituted in 97'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić
CRO-TUR 2008-06-20.svg
GK 1 Rüştü Reçber
RB 22 Hamit Altıntop
CB 4 Gökhan Zan
CB 15 Emre Aşık Yellow card 107'
LB 3 Hakan Balta
DM 6 Mehmet Topal Substituted off 76'
RM 20 Sabri Sarıoğlu
CM 17 Tuncay Şanlı Yellow card 27'
LM 14 Arda Turan Yellow card 49'
CF 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Substituted off 61'
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci (c) Substituted off 117'
Substitutions:
DF 16 Uğur Boral Yellow card 89' Substituted in 61'
FW 9 Semih Şentürk Substituted in 76'
FW 10 Gökdeniz Karadeniz Substituted in 117'
Manager:
Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Hamit Altıntop (Turkey)[6]

Assistant referees:
Alessandro Griselli (Italy)
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)
Fourth official:
Manuel Mejuto González (Spain)

Netherlands vs Russia[edit]

Netherlands  1–3 (a.e.t.)  Russia
Van Nistelrooy Goal 86' Report
Attendance: 38,374[8]
Netherlands[9]
Russia[9]
GK 1 Edwin van der Sar (c)
RB 21 Khalid Boulahrouz Yellow card 50' Substituted off 54'
CB 2 André Ooijer
CB 4 Joris Mathijsen
LB 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst
CM 17 Nigel de Jong
CM 8 Orlando Engelaar Substituted off 62'
RW 18 Dirk Kuyt Substituted off 46'
AM 23 Rafael van der Vaart Yellow card 60'
LW 10 Wesley Sneijder
CF 9 Ruud van Nistelrooy
Substitutions:
FW 7 Robin van Persie Yellow card 55' Substituted in 46'
DF 3 John Heitinga Substituted in 54'
MF 20 Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 62'
Manager:
Marco van Basten
NED-RUS 2008-06-21.svg
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 22 Aleksandr Anyukov
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
CB 8 Denis Kolodin Yellow card 71'
LB 18 Yuri Zhirkov Yellow card 103'
DM 11 Sergei Semak (c)
RM 17 Konstantin Zyryanov
CM 20 Igor Semshov Substituted off 69'
LM 9 Ivan Saenko Substituted off 81'
SS 10 Andrei Arshavin
CF 19 Roman Pavlyuchenko Substituted off 115'
Substitutions:
MF 15 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov Substituted in 69'
MF 7 Dmitri Torbinski Yellow card 111' Substituted in 81'
FW 21 Dmitri Sychev Substituted in 115'
Manager:
Netherlands Guus Hiddink

Man of the Match:
Andrei Arshavin (Russia)[8]

Assistant referees:
Roman Slyško (Slovakia)
Martin Balko (Slovakia)
Fourth official:
Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Spain vs Italy[edit]

Spain  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Italy
Report
Penalties
4–2
Attendance: 48,000[10]
Spain[11]
Italy[11]
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 4 Carlos Marchena
CB 5 Carles Puyol
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
RM 6 Andrés Iniesta Yellow card 11' Substituted off 59'
CM 19 Marcos Senna
CM 8 Xavi Substituted off 60'
LM 21 David Silva
CF 7 David Villa Yellow card 72'
CF 9 Fernando Torres Substituted off 85'
Substitutions:
MF 12 Santi Cazorla Yellow card 113' Substituted in 59'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 60'
FW 17 Dani Güiza Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Luis Aragonés
ESP-ITA 2008-06-22.svg
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta
CB 2 Christian Panucci
CB 4 Giorgio Chiellini
LB 3 Fabio Grosso
RM 22 Alberto Aquilani Substituted off 108'
CM 10 Daniele De Rossi
LM 13 Massimo Ambrosini Yellow card 31'
AM 20 Simone Perrotta Substituted off 58'
CF 9 Luca Toni
CF 18 Antonio Cassano Substituted off 75'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Mauro Camoranesi Substituted in 58'
FW 11 Antonio Di Natale Substituted in 75'
FW 7 Alessandro Del Piero Substituted in 108'
Manager:
Roberto Donadoni

Man of the Match:
Iker Casillas (Spain)[10]

Assistant referees:
Carsten Kadach (Germany)
Volker Wezel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Semi-finals[edit]

The first semi-final saw Group B runner-up and three-time champions Germany face Group A runner-up and first time semi-finalists Turkey. Turkey scored first as Uğur Boral converted a rebound from the crossbar. Schweinsteiger and Germany equalised four minutes later. In the 79th minute Klose headed Germany into the lead with his second goal of the tournament. Turkey managed to get back seven minutes later when Semih flicked the ball past Lehmann. The match was headed for extra time when defender Philipp Lahm in the 90th minute scored the final goal and sent Germany into their sixth European Championship final. The TV broadcast of the match experienced technical difficulties caused by severe thunderstorms in Vienna, Austria, from where the television broadcast was transmitted. Television pictures in several countries were interrupted on three occasions, including at the time of Klose and Semih's goals. The entire match was recorded and distributed to all countries.

The second semi-final was a replay of the opening match of Group D, Spain in their first semi-final since 1984 faced Russia who had not been in a semi-final since 1988 as the Soviet Union. The first half was scoreless, but five minutes into the second half Xavi opened the scoring. Güiza replaced Torres in the 69th minute and four minutes later he had scored the second goal for Spain. David Silva rounded up the scoring with Spain's third of the night, sending Spain into their third European Championship final.

Germany vs Turkey[edit]

Germany  3–2  Turkey
Report
Attendance: 39,374[12]
Germany[13]
Turkey[13]
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
LB 16 Philipp Lahm
CM 15 Thomas Hitzlsperger
CM 6 Simon Rolfes Substituted off 46'
RW 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
AM 13 Michael Ballack (c)
LW 20 Lukas Podolski
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted off 90+2'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Torsten Frings Substituted in 46'
DF 2 Marcell Jansen Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-TUR 2008-06-25.svg
GK 1 Rüştü Reçber (c)
RB 20 Sabri Sarıoğlu Yellow card 90+4'
CB 6 Mehmet Topal
CB 4 Gökhan Zan
LB 3 Hakan Balta
DM 7 Mehmet Aurélio
RM 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Substituted off 90+2'
CM 22 Hamit Altıntop
CM 19 Ayhan Akman Substituted off 81'
LM 16 Uğur Boral Substituted off 84'
CF 9 Semih Şentürk Yellow card 53'
Substitutions:
FW 21 Mevlüt Erdinç Substituted in 81'
MF 10 Gökdeniz Karadeniz Substituted in 84'
MF 11 Tümer Metin Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Philipp Lahm (Germany)[12]

Assistant referees:
Matthias Arnet (Switzerland)
Stéphane Cuhat (Switzerland)
Fourth official:
Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)

Russia vs Spain[edit]

Russia  0–3  Spain
Report
Russia[15]
Spain[15]
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 22 Aleksandr Anyukov
CB 2 Vasili Berezutski
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 18 Yuri Zhirkov Yellow card 56'
DM 11 Sergei Semak (c)
RM 17 Konstantin Zyryanov
CM 20 Igor Semshov Substituted off 56'
LM 9 Ivan Saenko Substituted off 57'
SS 10 Andrei Arshavin
CF 19 Roman Pavlyuchenko
Substitutions:
MF 15 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov Yellow card 60' Substituted in 56'
FW 21 Dmitri Sychev Substituted in 57'
Manager:
Netherlands Guus Hiddink
RUS-ESP 2008-06-26.svg
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 4 Carlos Marchena
CB 5 Carles Puyol
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
RM 6 Andrés Iniesta
CM 19 Marcos Senna
CM 8 Xavi Substituted off 69'
LM 21 David Silva
CF 7 David Villa Substituted off 34'
CF 9 Fernando Torres Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 34'
MF 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted in 69'
FW 17 Dani Güiza Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Luis Aragonés

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Spain)[14]

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Alex Verstraeten (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

Final[edit]

The final match was played between Germany and Spain on 29 June 2008 at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna, Austria. Spain won the match 1–0, the winning goal scored by Fernando Torres.

Germany  0–1  Spain
Report Torres Goal 33'
Attendance: 51,428[16]
Germany[17]
Spain[17]
GK 1 Jens Lehmann
RB 3 Arne Friedrich
CB 17 Per Mertesacker
CB 21 Christoph Metzelder
LB 16 Philipp Lahm Substituted off 46'
CM 8 Torsten Frings
CM 15 Thomas Hitzlsperger Substituted off 58'
RW 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
AM 13 Michael Ballack (c) Yellow card 43'
LW 20 Lukas Podolski
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted off 79'
Substitutions:
DF 2 Marcell Jansen Substituted in 46'
FW 22 Kevin Kurányi Yellow card 88' Substituted in 58'
FW 9 Mario Gómez Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-ESP 2008-06-29.svg
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c) Yellow card 43'
RB 15 Sergio Ramos
CB 4 Carlos Marchena
CB 5 Carles Puyol
LB 11 Joan Capdevila
DM 19 Marcos Senna
RM 6 Andrés Iniesta
CM 8 Xavi
CM 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted off 63'
LM 21 David Silva Substituted off 66'
CF 9 Fernando Torres Yellow card 74' Substituted off 78'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Xabi Alonso Substituted in 63'
MF 12 Santi Cazorla Substituted in 66'
FW 17 Dani Güiza Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Luis Aragonés

Man of the Match:
Fernando Torres (Spain)[18]

Assistant referees:[19]
Alessandro Griselli (Italy)
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)
Fourth official:
Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Due to the one-match suspension of German head coach Joachim Löw, assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick took his place on the bench.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Euro-Format means group rivals cannot meet again in final". Yahoo! Sports. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/euro_2008/7363505.stm
  3. ^ http://www.fussball-blabla.de/em-2008-diskussion-um-annullierte-gelb-rote-karte/6000/
  4. ^ a b "Full-time report Portugal-Germany" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Quarter-finals – Portugal-Germany" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Full-time report Croatia-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Quarter-finals – Croatia-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Full-time report Netherlands-Russia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Quarter-finals – Netherlands-Russia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Full-time report Spain-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Quarter-finals – Spain-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Full-time report Germany-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Semi-finals – Germany-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Full-time report Russia-Spain" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Semi-finals – Turkey-Spain" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Full-time report Germany–Spain" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Team Line-ups – Final – Germany-Spain" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Hero Torres completes honours list". UEFA.com. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Rosetti 'delighted' to referee final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 

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