SPAIN 3 RUSSIA 0
What a performance. I must admit that when the rain came pouring down, I thought the curse of Guus Hiddink beckons
The Spanish never gave the Russians and inch to breath, Exellent Spanish performance. The Russians could do nothing. From the get go they looked nervous. But nevertherless a dream final. The Germans vs Spain.
Spain have some great individual players. That lity Sergio Ramos is world Class, and so is Silva and who was a revelation was Cesc Fabragas.The boy is class.
Killer lost coverage out there in the Ivory Coast , so wel just take the article about last nights semi from Goal.com. Perhaps the Turks were given their own medicine. But credit to them, they took it to the Germans and played a grand brand of football.They will certainly go home with their heads held high.
Lahm’s Late Show Kloses The Door On Turkish Passage
Germany 3-2 Turkey They came, they saw, they very nearly conquered. An extremely fortuitous Germany are on the way to the Euro 2008 final after being pushed so close by Turkey. The Turks took a first half lead through Ugur Boral before a swift equaliser by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Late drama ensued as Miroslav Klose and Semih Senturk swapped goals, before Phillip Lahm popped up with the winner.
Heartbreak for Turkey after being punished at the death by Germany and Phillip Lahm. Substandard for the majority of the encounter, the Germans clinched victory with what was very nearly the last kick of the game.
Phillip Lahm drove from deep and played a one-two with Thomas Hitzlsperger. The midfielder’s filter pass found the full back inside the Turkish area, and he finished with composure beyond the circumstance of the tie, high inside the near post.
Semih Senturk, dubbed ‘the lifeguard’ at Fenerbahce for his rescue missions, almost took the Turks to extra-time with a clever near-post finish following a low Sabri cross five minutes previous.
Turkey had taken a lead mid-way through the first half, a period in which they dominated. Ugur Boral bundled home after Colin Kazim Richard’s hooked volley crashed against the bar but Germany were on level terms within minutes.
A sweeping break down the left saw Lukas Podolski cross low for Bastian Schweinsteiger to finish with a deft touch. The Germans scarcely deserved their parity but were to go ahead as the world lost its television pictures.
A cross from the left saw Rustu inexplicably charge from his goal and attempt to challenge Miroslav Klose on the penalty spot with eleven minutes to go. The Bayern forward, ineffective before and after his vital contribution, eyed only the ball to nod into an ultimately empty net.
Turkey rallied but came up short. A result that neither side deserved sees the Turks head for home with their heads held high. Typical German resilience wins out as they make plans for the final, but only by the skins of their teeth.