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Sabtu, 09 Juni 2012




Poland – Greece 1-1 final time opening match Euro 2012

It wasn’t what the home team wanted but it was an opener to remember.
Host Poland and Greece played to a 1-1 draw Friday to open the Euro 2012 tournament. What Poland really wanted in front of an emotional, loud crowd of more than 56,000 was its first Euro win ever.
In the end, both teams had to settle for a point and a opener that will be remembered for its controversial moments that included two red cards and a missed penalty.
Poland had the run of the game in the first half, slicing open what was supposed to be an impenetrable Greek defence. They created numerous chances, wasting several good opportunities.
But the breakthrough game in the 17 minute when a magnificent Jakub Blaszczykowski lofted a cross that found the head of Robert Lewandowski.
His nod in caused the Polish home crowd to erupt.
But a brutal goaltending play by Poland’s Wojciech Szczsesny allowed substitute Dimitris Salpingidis and empty net to tie it early in the second half even though they were reduced to 10 men when Sokratis Papastathopoulos earned a second yellow card and was ejected late in the first half.
Poland lost Szczsesny in the second half to a red card and his substitute Prezemyslaw Tyton came in and stopped Greece’s Giorgos Karagounis on the ensuing penalty.
Poland and Greece played to a 1-1 draw Friday to open the Euro 2012 tournament.
 Poland and Greece played to a 1-1 draw Friday to open the Euro 2012 tournament

Poland and Greece played to a 1-1 draw Friday to open the Euro 2012 tournament
Poland and Greece played to a 1-1 draw Friday to open the Euro 2012 tournament
Poland and Greece played to a 1-1 draw Friday to open the Euro 2012 tournament

Russia v Czech Republic euro 2012( 4-1)

Russia v Czech Republic euro 2012( 4-1)

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WROCLAW, POLAND - Russia asserted its dominance in Group A in Euro 2012 on Friday, as Alan Dzagoev and Roman Shirokov scored in the first 24 minutes of a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic at Municipal Stadium.
Dzagoev scored in the 15th minute and Shirokov followed in the 24th, as Russia claimed the top spot in the group after the first day of the tournament hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Vaclav Pilar pulled the Czech Republic within a goal early in the second half, but Dzagoev scored his second goal in the 79th and Roman Pavlyuchenko finished the scoring in the 82nd for Russia.
"When you score four goals against the Czech Republic," said Russia coach Dick Advocaat, "it's a very good result, but we should have scored more.
"At 2-1 it was difficult, and we have to improve in that regard, we have to be sharper."
Co-host Poland tied Greece, 1-1, to open the tournament Friday, and both teams are two points behind Russia in the group.
Russia scored the opener inside 15 minutes when Dzagoev finished off a rebound inside the area. Konstantin Zyryanov played a key role in the build up when he sent a cross in from the left that Aleksandr Kerzhakov headed off the post.
The ball bounced off the post into space in the area, and Dzagoev hammered the ball back to the left post to leave Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech stranded.
Russia added to its lead under 10 minutes later when playmaker Andrei Arshavin thread a pass through traffic into the right side of the box for Shirokov, who beat Cech to the ball and chipped the goalie to the far post.
The Czech Republic pulled a goal back early after half, as Jaroslav Plasil fed Pilar, who rounded Russian goalkeeper Vyatcheslav Malafeev in the 52nd minute, then slotted into an empty net.
The Czech goal put the result in doubt, but Russia continued to create chances off the counter only to watch Kerzhakov miss wide on three occasions.
Russia nearly paid the price for its wasteful finishing, as Tomas Rosicky took a hard low shot that forced a diving save from Malafeev, who did well to cover up the ball with Milan Baros waiting to deposit a loose ball into the net with just 15 minutes left in normal time.
The Russians quickly erased any doubt about the game, however, as Pavlyuchenko set up Dzagoev in the 79th, and notched his own goal three minutes later. The Russians scored four goals in a Euro finals game for the first time.
"They're a great team, with great technique, great combinations, and they showed us ... that they're a very good side," Czech coach Michal Bilek said.
Group A resumes Tuesday, when the Czech Republic plays Greece and Poland plays Russia.

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Greece 1-2 Czech RepublicGreece 1-2 Czech Republic - the story 

Petr Jiráček fires past Greece goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias to give Czech Republic a third-minute lead
Václav Pilař wheels away after making it 2-0 from Theodor Gebre Selassie's cross...

Fanis Gekas capitalises on Petr Čech's error to bring Greece back into the game

Fanis Gekas celebrates with team-mate Giannis Maniatis following his 53rd-minute effort


Jakub Błaszczykowski, Poland midfielder

It was a very difficult match. The Russians have shown that they are a very good side. I've just seen my goal on TV. I think I got a good pass from Eugen [Polanski], I moved towards the centre and hit it towards the far post. The goalkeeper didn't have much chance, really. A very beautiful goal. 

The group situation is interesting. Even the Russians cannot be sure. Everything is open, but what happened tonight is now history. We are focused on what's coming up and will do everything to beat the Czech Republic. We are full of optimism ahead of that match. With support from the stands like we received tonight, I believe we will take the historic step of reaching the quarter-finals in Wroclaw.

 Alan Dzagoev (left) watches his header find the bottom corner of Przemysław Tytoń's net
 Alan Dzagoev (left) watches his header find the bottom corner of Przemysław Tytoń's net
Jakub Błaszczykowski takes the acclaim after his 57th-minute leveller
Alan Dzagoev headed the Castrol EDGE Index for the second successive game as his attacking efforts helped Russia earn a draw against an impressive Poland side in Warsaw.

Alan Dzagoev's reputation is blossoming at UEFA EURO 2012, and the talented youngster stood out once again as Russia were held in a hard-fought 1-1 draw by Poland in Warsaw.

POLAND VS Czech Republic 0-1

The final whistle is blown.

The match is under way.Countdown over, Poland kick off, and play the ball around at the back.

Municipal Stadium Wroclaw: The torrential rain may be a factor as the game goes on. At the moment this is a very open contest. Poland have had the majority of possession and Obraniak in particular looks to be in the mood. The Czech Republic are proving dangerous on the break though.

The referee blows for half-time.
News from Group A's other game - Greece have taken a surprise lead against Russia before half-time. As things stand, then, both of these teams are eliminated. Goals are now needed here, which should make the second 45 incredibly exciting.

The second half begins.
Municipal Stadium Wroclaw: As things stand both teams are heading out of UEFA EURO 2012. It makes for an interesting second half. Both sides must go for a win.

72Jiráček (Czech Republic) scores
72Assist by Baroš (Czech Republic)


National Stadium Warsaw: After a good opening ten minutes Greece have been on the back foot and are struggling to get out of their half. Russia have looked threatening in spells but Michalis Sifakis in the Greece goal has been relatively untroubled.

45+2Karagounis (Greece) scores!

A mistake from Sergei Ignashevich, who fails to deal with a throw, lets in the Greek captain with a clean run through on goal and he makes no mistake, drilling below Vyacheslav Malafeev in first-half added time.
45+2Assist by Torossidis (Greece)

The second half begins.As it stands Russia and Greece are both going through, but a goal in Wroclaw would change that. Russia will be desperate for a goal to keep their destiny in their own hands.

National Stadium Warsaw: Russia were first to appear after the break and are throwing men forward in search of an equaliser but Greece have threatened on the counterattack on more than one occasion so they will have to be careful at the back.
National Stadium Warsaw: Greece have defended like warriors but they have another ten minutes to hold on to their slender advantage if they are to win their duel with Russia and reach the quarter-finals.



Tampil dengan formasi terbaiknya, termasuk striker Robin van Persie di lini depan, Belanda langsung menekan pertahanan Denmark sejak awal pertandingan. Beberapa kali mereka memperoleh peluang emas, baik melalui Van Persie, maupun Arjen Robben dan Ibrahim Afellay yang mendampinginya di lini depan.
Tim Dinamit berhasil mencuri gol ke gawang Belanda, yang diciptakan oleh Michael Krohn-Dehli.
Gol Denmark itu berawal dari pergerakan pemain belakang Simon Poulsen di sisi kanan pertahanan Belanda. Poulsen kemudian mengirim umpan silang, tapi masih membentur kaki pemain Belanda.
Beruntung bola masih jatuh ke kaki Krohn-Dehli. Striker bernomor punggung 9 itu kemudian menusuk ke kotak penalti Belanda, dan mengakhirinya dengan sebuah tendangan keras yang tak bisa ditahan oleh kiper Belanda, Maarten Stekelenburg.
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© 1998-2012 UEFA. All rights reserved.



The final whistle is blown : Mario Gomez's header is enough to see Germany past Portugal, who hit the woodwork twice before being denied late on by last-gasp blocks from Manuel Neuer and Holger Badstuber. Neither team was at their best, but Germany were deadlier when it counted. Gomez was frustrated for long periods but showed his quality when it mattered.


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Cristiano Ronaldo has provided an early threat for Portugal but there has been little to seriously trouble either goalkeeper so far.


Denmark 2-3 Portugal 

Denmark and Portugal skip history lessons

Portugal boss Paulo Bento says "it's not yet time for alarm bells" as his side look to revive their fortunes against a dreaming Denmark team they need no introduction to.
Portugal training 

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match against Denmark.

Denmark training

Nicklas Pedersen of Denmark and team-mates during a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match against Portugal

Denmark 2-3 PortugalSubstitute Silvestre Varela struck the winner three minutes from time after two Nicklas Bendtner goals had brought Denmark back from 2-0 down.

Substitute Silvestre Varela scored an 87th-minute winner as Portugal revived their UEFA EURO 2012 fortunes in an absorbing 3-2 victory.
Nicklas Bendtner looked to have earned Denmark a stirring share of the spoils in a memorable 50th international appearance. Trailing to two first-half goals in a 12-minute period from Pepe and Hélder Postiga, Bendtner pulled one back just before half-time before making it 2-2 with ten minutes remaining after Cristiano Ronaldo had twice fluffed his lines. Portugal were eyeing the Group B exit door but Varela slammed it shut with an emphatic low strike after initially failing to connect fully with Fábio Coentrão's cross.
Silvestre Varela celebrates striking Portugal's winner against DenmarkDenmark 2-3 Portugal 



Stekelenburg predicting Dutch improvement

Maarten Stekelenburg tell the Netherlands failed to show the requisite clinical edge in losing to Denmark, but is convinced it will be a different story against Germany.


Netherlands training 

Germany training

The match is under way. The Netherlands kick us off. What many neutral observers see as the the pick of the group games is under way. It is set to be a thrilling evening.

24, Gomez (Germany) scores! With a first clear opening Germany go ahead. Thomas Müller drifts in from the right and finds Bastian Schweinsteiger centrally. A neat pass is collected on the turn sublimely by the forward, who then beats Maarten Stekelenburg beautifully.

38 ,Gomez (Germany) scores! The same combination doubles the German advantage as Bastian Schweinsteiger slides in the FC Bayern München forward on the right side of the area, and he drives past Maarten Stekelenburg. Holland are well and truly up against it now.

73,Van Persie (Netherlands) scores! An emphatic finish from the Arsenal FC forward who turns Mats Hummels mid way into the German half before driving toward goal and unleashing an unstoppable shot to Manuel Neuer's left. The Netherlands are back in it!

Netherlands vs PORTUGAL 1-2

"We all have to take a good, long look in the mirror," commented Rafael van der Vaart after the Netherlands exited UEFA EURO 2012 at the first hurdle following their 2-1 loss to Portugal.

Among the pre-tournament favourites, the Netherlands are now heading home after the group stage following their 2-1 loss to Portugal – their third defeat in three games at UEFA EURO 2012. "We all have to take a good, long look in the mirror," said Rafael van der Vaart, who gave the Oranje hope with the opening goal in Kharkiv.

Rafael van der Vaart, Netherlands midfielder
We had some great chances at the beginning, but Portugal are a strong team. And if you need to score two goals, you need to create more chances. We lost three games and we didn't deserve to. You could say, 'You had so many chances' but we weren't able to do anything with those chances.
I knew it would be difficult. We had to score two goals. We started off really well and scored one goal, but we knew we had to score another one, so we got nervous. After our first goal, Portugal began to play very well, and we didn't. We all played badly; we all have to take a good, long look in the mirror. All we can say is that it's sad for our supporters.
We lost all confidence after losing the game against Denmark, and so today against Portugal we knew it could go wrong, and so it did. We have to start all over again.
Ron Vlaar, Netherlands defender
We started aggressively, had a lot of possession and we scored a good goal. That's what we needed – an early lead. And after that we at least had to try to maintain the tempo in the game because we had the advantage as we were the better team, only that didn't work out. We became less stable and that resulted in a few chances for them, and in the end in the equaliser.
I think we all need to take a good look at ourselves to see what went wrong, and to at least realise that this cannot happen again. But it did happen, so let this be a hard lesson. What can I say to the fans? Sorry that it didn't end up the way you expected, but it wasn't the way we expected either. That's very painful, but there's nothing we can do about it anymore and that's just the way it is.
I don't know if it's the end of an era. It's also not up to me to decide something like that. It will be something the coach needs to do. Some players are a bit older, but one thing is clear: there's enough quality within the squad, it just wasn't shown during this tournament.

Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart curls a shot at goal from outside the area
Cristiano Ronaldo strokes in the Portugal equaliser after 28 minutes of the Group B meeting

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 to secure second spot in Group B and a quarter-final against the Czech Republic.
Paulo Bento's side were perhaps considered third among equals in this so-called 'group of death', but it is the Dutch who finish buried at the bottom of the pile without a point to their name. Suitably dressed in black, it was ultimately a funereal occasion for Bert van Marwijk's side, who had hope of an unlikely resurrection when Rafael van der Vaart put them in front. Cristiano Ronaldo then came to the fore, however, scoring a goal in either half and hitting the post twice in a majestic performance.

Cristiano Ronaldo fires towards goal with 16 minutes remaining


Germany are the only team who will go into their UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final having won all their group games, and Joachim Löw's decision-making is proving equally faultless.

Germany are through to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012 after beating Denmark 2-1 in Lviv and it seems coach Joachim Löw can simply do no wrong.

In the end, Germany lived up to their billing as favourites and defeated the Danes as well to win the so-called 'group of death' with maximum points and take Portugal with them into the next round. What are we left with for Germany after this group stage? First, there are the hard facts: nine points against three very, very difficult opponents to win this group is something you can hardly argue with. It did not always look very stylish, but the players have maintained several times in the past few days that Germany have evolved as a team, become more mature and are now able to control games better than before.

And you know what? In the end, they are right. In all three games, Löw's charges have controlled all three matches if not for the full 90 minutes, then for the majority of their games. Against Portugal, they controlled 75 minutes and the majority of possession; against the Netherlands, they had less possession but were almost always firmly in the driver's seat; and against Denmark, they were the superior side for 90 minutes and never looked like conceding from open play. Again, that's a pretty good record for that group and also bearing in mind that every other team at UEFA EURO 2012 has dropped points already. The new respect other teams have for Germany isn't making it easy to play stylishly. "Each opponent drops back extremely deep against us. We knew Denmark would do this. They didn't seem to care about the result," Löw said in Lviv. 

Lukas Podolski turns to celebrate after breaking the deadlock

Lars Bender struck an 80th-minute winner as Germany secured progress to the UEFA EURO 2012 knockout stage as Group B winners at Denmark's expense in a game they dominated but were never allowed a firm grip on.
Right-back Bender, only playing because of Jérôme Boateng's suspension, ghosted inside on the counterattack and drilled in when Mesut Özil's pass, intended for Mario Gomez, found him ten metres out. A 2-1 victory was little more than Germany's possession merited but the script was in danger of being torn up when Michael Krohn-Dehli cancelled out a 19th-minute opener from Lukas Podolski, on his 100th international appearance.

Lars Bender

Michael Krohn-Dehli's



LINE UP  :SPANYOL : Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi; Silva, Iniesta, Cesc
ITALI : Buffon; Bonucci, De Rossi, Chiellini, Maggio; Marchisio, Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Giaccherini; Cassano,



The referee blows for half-time.It is goalless at half-time in Gdansk, with Italy the superior side in the first half - at least in terms of clear-cut chances, if not possession. This match hangs in the balance and an intriguing second period awaits.

The second half begins.

Mario Balotelli is clear through on goal after nicking the ball from Sergio Ramos, but the Spanish defender gets back and tackles when the striker is one-on-one with the keeper.

minute  61Di Natale (Italy) scores!A super substitution by Cesare Prandelli as recent arrival to the action Antonio Di Natale races onto Andrea Pirlo's sumptuous pass and strokes the ball into the right-hand corner. Excellent finish.

minute 64Fàbregas (Spain) scores!Cesc Fàbregas responds almost immediately, latching onto David Silva's inventive flicked through pass and smashing the ball in low.

The final whistle is blown.That is it, both sides must be content with a share of the spoils after Cesc Fàbregas cancelled out substitute Antonio Di Natale's opener for the Italians. An exciting encounter  that never deserved a loser

Antonio Di Natale was mobbed after scoring the opening goal but Italy's lead did not last long.
Fàbregas (Spain) scores! Cesc Fàbregas responds almost immediately, latching onto David Silva's inventive flicked through pass and smashing the ball in low.

Xavi Hernández's efficient performance in the Spain midfield has ensured that he has become only the second Spanish player to make over 100 passes in one European Championship game. The first was Pep Guardiola.
There are, however, some slight concerns at the back for the reigning champions, as Italy had a host of chances today. Spain have now managed just three clean sheets in 22 European Championship group stage games.



minute 3Mandžukić (Croatia) scores!A perfect start for Croatia thanks to a looped header. Darijo Srna crosses from the right, and the forward stumbles before composing himself and positioning his effort past a wrong-footed Shay Given.

minute 19 St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) scores!
Kevin Doyle is brought down wide on the left, and the free-kick is whipped to the back post where the Leicester City FC defender gets in front of Vedran Ćorluka and flicks past Stipe Pletikosa who can do nothing.

minute 43 Jelavić (Croatia) scores !
Jelavić (Croatia) scores! Croatia restore their lead, as a corner is cleared to Luka Modrić whose low shot is sliced by Stephen Ward into the patch of the Everton FC forward who dinks an calm finish over Shay GIVEN.
The referee blows for half-time.

The second half begins.
minute49 Mandžukić (Croatia) scores!
Ireland are having difficulty imposing themselves now. Giovanni Trapattoni has brought on two attack-minded players in Jon Walters and Simon Cox but Croatia are controlling possession meaning the Irish are unable to feed their goal threats.

The final whistle is blown.
The final whistle is blown, Municipal Stadium Poznan: A great game of attacking football, with both sides playing a full part. In the end, Croatia's front pair of Mario Mandžukić and Nikica Jelavić - ably supported by the excellent wide play of Ivans Rakitić and Perišić - were just too sharp for Giovanni Trapattoni's men. 


Croatia training

Croatia training
Croatia players during a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against Italy

Andrea Pirlo (Italy)Andrea Pirlo of Italy during a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group C 

Rakitić (Croatia) is penalised for a foul on Balotelli (Italy).
Great opportunity for Italy.
Pirlo (Italy) scores!Andrea Pirlo curls in a sumptuous free-kick, whipping the ball over the wall and into the top left corner from the left angle of the penalty area.

The referee blows for half-time.

83Eduardo (in) - Jelavić (out) (Croatia).

83Giovinco (in) - Cassano (out) (Italy).

The final whistle is blown.An absorbing affair comes to a close and the spoils are shared. Andrea Pirlo's free-kick gave Italy a first-half lead, but they could not build on it, and Mario Mandžukić popped up in the second half with his third of the tournament to earn Croatia a draw.


mission impossible

Republic of Ireland training
Damien Duff (L), Robbie Keane (C) and Richard Dunne (R) of Republic of Ireland during a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against Spain
Fernando Torres & Jesús Navas (Spain)
Fernando Torres (L) and Jesús Navas of Spain take part in a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against Republic of Ireland

SPANYOL VS IRLANDIA mission impossible

Arena Gdansk stadion

The match is under way.

Ireland kick-off in Gdansk and immediately fly forward. It is a huge ask for Ireland against the holders Spain, and the Irish must avoid defeat or their campaign will be over early.

Spain are largely dominating proceedings here and despite a huge effort from the Irish supporters, Giovanni Trapattoni’s side are going to need something a bit special to change the pattern of this game.

1 st half
1 st half  minute"4"Torres (Spain) scores!

Fernando Torres rifles into the net four minutes in.

Fernando Torres rifles into the net four minutes in.

minute 23Iniesta (Spain) has an effort on goal.Shay Given makes an excellent save to his right as the the defence backs off the FC Barcelona man, who hits an arrowed shot from the edge of the area, but there is no way past the keeper this time.
26Xabi Alonso (Spain) misses the target.The midfielder has a crack from 25 metres and it is inches over the bar. It is all Spain at the moment. A second goal does not seem too far away.
Sergio Ramos clears while under pressure from Robbie Keane.
Germany coach Joachim Löw looks on before the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match between Spain and Republic of Ireland

35Given (Republic of Ireland) makes a save.41Iniesta (Spain) has an effort on goal.42Xavi Hernández (Spain) has an effort on goal.
42Given (Republic of Ireland) makes a save.44Dunne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.

Jordi Alba goes past John O'Shea.
45Keane (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
45+2Given (Republic of Ireland) makes a save.

Andrés Iniesta tries his luck from outside of the area.

1 st half The referee blows for half-time.
2nd half
The second half begins.Ireland have 45 minutes to score a goal to keep their EURO dreams alive. A loss will end their campaign early. It is do or die.

46Walters (in) - Cox (out) (Republic of Ireland).
49Silva (Spain) scores!

The lead is doubled, as Andrés Iniesta's shot is saved by Shay Given but falls to the Manchester City FC man in the area. The midfielder refuses to panic despite the presence of several defenders, shifting the ball from right to left before rolling calmly into the corner.
 Ireland – and in particular Shay Given - will be disappointed once again with their defending as they go 2-0 down. The Irish No1 opted to fist Iniesta’s drive from the left straight ahead where David Silva pounced before stroking home.
Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni looks on before the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against Spain.70Torres (Spain) scores!Pressure from Andrés Iniesta and David Silva wins possession in the centre circle, and the latter releases the scorer of the first who streaks away from Richard Dunne and finishes expertly to the right of Shay Given who could do nothing.
83Assist by Silva (Spain)83Fàbregas (Spain) scores!The substitute smashes an emphatic finish past Shay Given after darting to collect a short corner at the near post and blasting off the far post from a tight angle.
The final whistle is blown.


The final whistle is blown.

Municipal Stadium Poznan: Mario Balotelli's late goal secured a 2-0 victory for Italy, Antonio Cassano having nodded in the opener, and second place in Group C after Spain also struck late on to seal top spot and eliminate Croatia. The Azzurri are next in action on Sunday, when they will face the Group D winners in Kyiv. Ireland depart with zero points but with the words to the Fields of Athenry ringing around the stadium.

Municipal Stadium Poznan: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has made four changes, three of them in defence. Out go Christian Maggio, Leonardo Bonucci and Emanuele Giaccherini plus striker Mario Balotelli. Replacing them are Andrea Barzagli, Federico Balzaretti, Ignazio Abate and Antonio Di Natale. Daniele De Rossi will move back into midfield with a reported 4-3-1-2 system to be deployed instead of 5-3-2. An interesting experiment.
Italy have to win and hope the other game does not finish in a high-scoring draw of 2-2 or more. If the other game finishes 1-1 they must win by 3-1 or better to finish above Croatia or better than 4-0 to top the group. If the other game finishes 0-0, an Italy win would take them through as group winners.
 Italy dreThe Italy dressing room before their UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against Republic  Irelandline up :Italy: Buffon, Chiellini, Balzaretti, Abate, Barzagli, Motta, Marchisio, De Rossi, Pirlo, Cassano, Di Natale SUBS: Sirigu, De Sanctis, Maggio, Ogbonna, Bonucci, Giaccherini, Montolivo, Diamanti, Nocerino, Balotelli, Borini, Giovinco.
Damien Duff is in line to make his 100th appearance for the Republic of Ireland this evening. line up : Ireland: Given, St Ledger, Ward, O'Shea, Dunne, Whelan, McGeady, Andrews, Duff, Doyle, Keane SUBS: Westwood, Forde, Kelly, McShane, O'Dea, Gibson, Hunt, Green, McClean, Walters, Long, Cox.
35Cassano (Italy) scores!

Italy are ahead as the AC Milan forward flicks the ball past Shay Given after meeting Andrea Pirlo's corner at the front post. Damien Duff, stationed on the far post, does his best to keep the ball out but it was behind the line as he scooped it clear.
Antonio Cassano celebrates after putting Italy into a 35th minute lead.

The referee blows for half-time.Municipal Stadium Poznan: Antonio Cassano's fine flicked header in the 35th-minute has edged Italy in front and moved them to the top of Group C, as Croatia-Spain in Gdansk is goalless. The Azzurri have had more of the play, particularly towards the end of the half, but we're in for a tense second 45 here with so much riding on both matches.
minute 50Doyle (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.Ireland respond and a cross from the right is met by and overhead kick from the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC attacker, but he does not catch the effort cleanly and it poses no danger. 55Given (Republic of Ireland) makes a save.
57Bonucci (in) - Chiellini (out) (Italy).
57Dunne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Cassano (Italy).

62Di Natale (Italy) misses the target.
63Diamanti (in) - Cassano (out) (Italy).
65Long (in) - McGeady (out) (Republic of Ireland).69Pirlo (Italy) misses the target.From almost exactly the same position from which the Juventus man scored against Croatia he curls just over the bar. 74Balotelli (in) - Di Natale (out) (Italy).
76Walters (in) - Doyle (out) (Republic of Ireland).
77O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Balotelli (Italy).
77Diamanti (Italy) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Walters (Republic of Ireland).Ireland are having an excellent spell of pressure and Italy are starting to look worried, and with a free-kick conceded 20 metres from goal they have every reason to. Keith Andrews and Damien Duff stand over it.

Municipal Stadium Poznan: Italy have had 62% of possession and 19 attempts (12 on target) to Ireland's five (1).
79Andrews (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
86Cox (in) - Keane (out) (Republic of Ireland).

spain vs croatia

The final whistle is blown.


Arena Gdansk: Croatia, meanwhile, have made two changes to the team which began against Italy. Defender Domagoj Vida enters for Ivan Perišić and, curiously, midfielder Danijel Pranjić starts in place of No9 Nikica Jelavić. Does that indicate that the Croatians are planning to be more defensive tonight?Line up : Croatia: Pletikosa, Strinić, Ćorluka, Schildenfeld, Vida, Pranjić, Rakitić, Vukojević, Modrić, Srna, Mandžukić SUBS: Kelava, Subašić, Šimunić, Buljat, Vrsaljko, Badelj, Dujmović, Kranjčar, Perišić, Jelavić, Kalinić, Eduardo.

 Slaven Bilić, Croatia coach: My players know what they must do and their levels of determination are sufficiently high. This is the most important game of their generation.
Line up Spain: Casillas, Piqué, Ramos, Arbeloa, Alba, Iniesta, Xavi, Alonso, Busquets, Silva, Torres SUBS: Valdés, Reina, Albiol, Martínez, Juanfran, Fàbregas, Cazorla, Navas, Rodríguez, Negredo, Mata, Llorente.
Vicente del Bosque, Spain coach: Anything can happen, we must be aware of that and of the fact that being overconfident in this sport can make things very tricky.
Luka Modrić flies past Sergio Busquets.
The referee blows for half-time.Arena Gdansk: Spain have failed to find a way through the closed ranks of Croatia's well organised defensive setup thus far but with news of a goal for Italy in the group's other game, Slaven Bilić may have to ask his side to open up after the restart.
59Rakitić (Croatia) has an effort on goal.
61Jesús Navas (in) - Torres (out) (Spain).
66Perišić (in) - Pranjić (out) (Croatia).
69Perišić (Croatia) misses the target.Ivan Perišić has a swing at the back post from a deep cross, but cannot keep his left-footed volley down and it flies over. He scored a similar effort for Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League last season, but no luck here. 73Fàbregas (in) - Silva (out) (Spain).
81Eduardo (in) - Vukojević (out) (Croatia).
88Jesús Navas (Spain) scores!
Arena Gdansk: Spain seal their passage through to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012 with Jesús Navas netting in the closing stages to seal an intense, tactical encounter. Croatia go towards their fans to wave goodbye, a brave effort failing to see them into the last eight.



FRANCE VS ENGLAND       Donbass ArenaDonetsk - 11/06/2012 - 18:00CET (19:00 local time)

 England players celebrate Joleon Lescott's goal
England players celebrate Joleon Lescott's goal
samir Nasri Gol
samir Nasri Gol


Andriy Shevchenko & Artem Milevskiy (Ukraine)
Andriy Shevchenko (L) and Artem Milevskiy of Ukraine take part in a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group D match against France

Karim Benzema & Jérémy Ménez (France)
Karim Benzema (C) and Jérémy Ménez (R) of France in action during a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group D match against Ukraine

53Ménez (France) scores!Jérémy Ménez takes one touch to knock Karim Benzema's pass onto his left foot, and then fires the ball low and hard into the bottom right corner. An excellent finish.
56Cabaye (France) scores!
France have silenced the home fans - the centre midfielder shooting low past the keeper with his left foot into the bottom-right corner. Picked out wonderfully in the area by Karim Benzema.
The final whistle is blown.


Shevchenko double gives Ukraine 

debut victory

Ukraine 2-1 Sweden
Andriy Shevchenko called on his old predatory powers as he struck twice to earn the co-hosts a come-from-behind win on a famous night for Ukraine.


The atmosphere here for Ukraine's game against Sweden on Monday was exceptional and tonight has started in similar vein. There are 18,000 Swedes and 6,500 England fans here, and all of them are making their presence felt in the early stages. It's a great atmosphere.

20Ibrahimović (Sweden) has an attempt on goal.The defence stands off the AC Milan forward 25 metres from goal. He shifts the ball on to his right foot and drives low at goal. Joe Hart gets down well to his right to deny the Sweden captain.

Ashley Young congratulates Andy Carroll after the forward put England ahead.

23Carroll (England) scores!The Liverpool FC forward was brought into the side to do exactly this. Steven Gerrard's angled ball floats over the Swedish defence and Carroll gets between Olof Mellberg and Andreas Granqvist to power an unstoppable header past Andreas Isaksson.

Olympic Stadium: That goal has certainly changed the atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium, with the Sweden fans largely silent and the England fans now the only voices that can be heard. The TV camera cut first to the suspended Wayne Rooney and then his manager Roy Hodgson, who were both brought to their feet by the goal.

26M. Olsson (Sweden) has an attempt on goal.Sweden respond to going behind with sustained possession around the England box. The ball is worked to the left-back who tries his luck but Glen Johnson blocks well.

The referee blows for half-time.
Olympic Stadium: An even first half ends with England having the edge thanks to a thunderous header from Andy Carroll midway through it. Sweden came more into the match as it wore on, however, and with Zlatan Ibrahimović looking in the mood, they have hope, although they need at least a draw to stay in the competition.

49Mellberg (Sweden) scores!Zlatan Ibrahimović hits the free-kick into the wall, but fires the rebound back into the area. It falls to Olof Mellberg whose shot is palmed by Joe Hart but hits the body of Glen Johnson and into the net, depite a desperate effort from the right-back to scramble clear. 59Mellberg (Sweden) scores!The free-kick is swung in brilliantly from the right and the defender escapes his marker to head past Joe Hart from five metres.
64Walcott (England) scores!
The substitute scores just moments after coming on as a corner is cleared to edge of the area and a swerving right-footed effort bamboozles Andreas Isaksson and loops over the goalkeeper. 78Welbeck (England) scores!A remarkable finish from the 21-year-old puts England back ahead! Theo Walcott bursts into the box on the right, crossing low and Welbeck guides the ball into the corner with a glorious spinning back-heel. Amazing technique.

england vs ukraine

england vs ukraina

England will be through with a draw. If they lose, they have to hope France lose by enough so that
England at least end level with Les Bleus on goal difference and goals scored, as England have a superior coefficient. Ukraine need to win to qualify; any other result and they are out.

Oleh Blokhin, Ukraine coach: England are among the favourites, so the pressure's on them. Our approach to this game is more relaxed. If the result is not good for us but we fight on the pitch until the last minute, that's not bad for us. We're building a new team, a young team. I think England will be very nervous.

Roy Hodgson, England manager: You play football at international level to try to get people carried away. Dreaming is what football is about and we're happy that people now think we can go a bit further.

Ukraine: Pyatov, Selin, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Tymoshchuk, Garmash, Gusev, Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Milevskiy, Dević SUBS: Koval, Goryainov, Kucher, Shevchuk, Mikhalik, Butko, Aliyev, Rotan, Nazarenko, Shevchenko, Voronin, Seleznyov.
England: Hart, Johnson, Cole, Terry, Lescott, Gerrard, Young, Milner, Parker, Rooney, Welbeck SUBS: Green, Butland, Kelly, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Walcott, Henderson, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carroll, Defoe.

The referee blows for half-time.

Donbass Arena: Hardly perturbed by the absence of Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine have been on the crest of a wave ever since they emerged to a tremendous atmosphere here. Close numerous times but no chances as good as the one Wayne Rooney headed wide for England.

2nd half
48Rooney (England) scores!
48Rooney (England) scores!England are ahead and it is the returning Manchester United forward who gets it. Steven Gerrard sends a wicked low cross in from the right which Andriy Pyatov cannot deal with and Rooney is on hand to head into an open goal at the back post. 70Walcott (in) - Milner (out) (England).
70Shevchenko (in) - Dević (out) (Ukraine).
77Butko (in) - Milevskiy (out) (Ukraine).
78Nazarenko (in) - Garmash (out) (Ukraine).
82Carroll (in) - Welbeck (out) (England).
87Oxlade-Chamberlain (in) - Rooney (out) (England).
The final whistle is blown. Donbass Arena: What a night for England. Qualification was far from assured at the start of the day but Wayne Rooney's goalscoring return and France's defeat by Sweden mean they end it as Group D winners and with a quarter-final against Italy to look forward to.

France: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexès, Clichy, Ribéry, Nasri, M'Vila, Diarra, Ben Arfa, Benzema SUBS: Mandanda, Carrasso, Evra, Réveillère, Koscielny, Cabaye, Valbuena, Matuidi, Ménez, Malouda, Martin, Giroud.

Sweden: Isaksson, Mellberg, Granqvist, M Olsson, J Olsson, Larsson, Svensson, Källström, Bajrami, Ibrahimović, Toivonen SUBS: Wiland, Hansson, Lustig, Antonsson, Safari, Elm, Wernbloom, Holmén, Wilhelmsson, Elmander, Hysén, Rosenberg.

The referee blows for half-time.
Andrew Haslam, Olympic Stadium: The 18,000 Swedish fans here in this noisy arena have seen their side shade the first 45 without carving out a lead. Ola Toivonen and Emir Bajrami have stood out, while Karim Benzema and, in flashes, Franck Ribéry have carried most of the France threat.

2nd half
54Ibrahimović (Sweden) scores!

54Ibrahimović (Sweden) scores!.......Zlatan Ibrahimović smashes in a stunning volley in midair, twisting to thump the cross into the bottom right corner from just beyond the penalty spot.
59Malouda (in) - Ben Arfa (out) (France).
64Nasri (France) misses the target.Samir Nasri strikes a shot very well from the edge of the area with his left foot, but the ball bends away from the left post and flies narrowly wide.

77Ménez (in) - Nasri (out) (France).
79Holmén (in) - Svensson (out) (Sweden).Anders Svensson gets a standing ovation from the Sweden fans who recognise a player that has earned 130 caps for his country.
83Giroud (in) - M'Vila (out) (France).
90+1Larsson (Sweden) scores!
The final whistle is blown.Olympic Stadium: Erik Hamrén's team bow out of UEFA EURO 2012 with a display full of commitment, endeavour and no little skill. France, however, have plenty to ponder after finishing second in Group D, and will now play Spain in the quarter-finals in Donetsk on Saturday.
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