Russia make it to Euro 2008 quarterfinals

Russia have qualified for the quarterfinals of Euro 2008 after beating Sweden 2-0 in Austria.

This content was published on June 19, 2008 - 08:59

Russia finished second behind Spain in Group D with six points, three ahead of Sweden, after the Vienna match on Wednesday.

Pavlyuchenko scored the match's first goal in the first half and Arshavin a second after the break. It is the first time Russia have qualified for the knockout stage since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Russian coach Guus Hiddink must now prepare the team for what he calls an "interesting clash" with his native country, the Netherlands, on Saturday at Basel's St Jakob Park.

In the other match of the night, Greece lost to already-qualified Spain 2-1 in Salzburg. Greece's Charisteas scored with a header in the 42nd minute to put the Greeks briefly ahead until de la Red and Güiza scored second-half goals for the Spanish team.

Spain, who have won nine straight games as part of a run to the quarterfinals, will play Italy in Vienna on Sunday.

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