Netherlands v Russia, 21 June 2008

Score3-1 to Russia
RefereeLubos Michel
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
VenueSt Jakob Park, Basel
Attendance38,374
After extra time (1-1 at 90 minutes) Kick-Off: 8.45pm local Assistant referees: Roman Slyško (Slovakia) Martin Balko (Slovakia) Fourth official: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland) Man of the Match: Andrei Arshavin (Russia) Dmitri Torbinski and Andrey Arshavin struck in the last eight minutes of extra time to take Russia into the UEFA EURO 2008 semi-finals at the expense of the Netherlands as Guus Hiddink eliminated the nation of his birth. From the off, Russia never allowed Marco van Basten's previously imperious side space and they attacked with vigour. Roman Pavlyuchenko's 56th-minute volley seemed to have won the game but with four minutes remaining Ruud van Nistelrooy headed an equaliser. However, Russia dominated the additional half-hour and the tireless Arshavin set up substitute Torbinski to restore the advantage from close range in the 112th minute. The No10 added another himself to book a semi-final against Spain or Italy in Vienna on Thursday, although Torbinski and Denis Kolodin will miss that match through suspension. Having rested most of his first-choice lineup in Tuesday's win against Romania, Van Basten returned to the selection that started the impressive defeats of Italy and France, Arjen Robben's hopes scuppered by continuing groin problems. It was Russia, beginning as positively as Hiddink had promised, who had the first chance when Yuri Zhirkov's free-kick forced Edwin van der Sar into a diving save and Igor Semshov then crossed from the right for Pavlyuchenko to head over. Russia's outnumbered fans made most of the early noise as the Netherlands took time to get to grips with their opponents' pressing game, although Van Nistelrooy did nearly get a decisive touch on Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick. Suddenly the Netherlands started to produce the flowing football that lit up their group games in Berne, and their supporters responded accordingly. But if many Dutch players were fresh after sitting out the Romania match, Arshavin was also relatively rested having been suspended for the first two games and from a solo run he forced Van der Sar to save. The goalkeeper then tipped over Kolodin's ferocious shot before the Netherlands attacked again at the other end as Khalid Boulahrouz, whose late baby daughter was remembered by his team-mates' black armbands, sent Van Nistelrooy through for an effort that Igor Akinfeev blocked. Russia looked sharper as the second half got under way, Arshavin nearly scoring with a swerving free-kick, and a minute later Sergei Semak sent in a cross from the left that Pavlyuchenko gleefully turned in. Russia were allowing the Netherlands little of the ball and attacking at pace, Van der Sar using instinct and one hand to keep out an Aleksandr Anyukov strike. The goalkeeper also saved when Pavlyuchenko was put through while Torbinski was unfortunate not to turn the ball in soon after. It seemed the Oranje's campaign was over but with four minutes left Wesley Sneijder curled in a free-kick for Van Nistelrooy to head in and force an extra half-hour. Russia were unbowed, Semshov forcing a diving stop from Van der Sar while Arshavin blazed over and Pavlyuchenko's dipping shot was only kept out by the crossbar. Arshavin then burst through and crossed for Torbinski, only for Van der Sar to block again. The second extra period continued in the same vein, Pavlyuchenko just failing to turn in Arshavin's cross but finally the breakthrough came when the FC Zenit St Petersburg playmaker delivered another looping centre for Torbinski to volley in. Four minutes later Arshavin sealed a semi-final place with the goal his play deserved as his shot deflected in off John Heitinga, confirming that the Netherlands would follow fellow group winners Portugal and Croatia home.

1  Netherlands

Manager: Marco Van Basten

3  Russia

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Goals:

Ruud Van Nistelrooy 86 G

Goals:

Roman Pavlyuchenko 56 G
Dmitri Torbinsky 112 G
Andrei Arshavin 116 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (captain)
Defender Joris Mathijsen
Defender Andre Ooijer
Midfielder Nigel de Jong
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder
Midfielder/Forward Dirk Kuyt

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
Midfielder Denis Kolodin
Midfielder Sergei Semak (captain)
Midfielder Igor Semshov
Midfielder Yuri Zhirkov
Midfielder Konstantin Zyryonov
Midfielder/Forward Andrei Arshavin
Forward Ivan Saenko

Substitutions:

Robin van Persie for Dirk Kuyt 46
Johnny Heitinga for Khalid Boulahrouz 54
Ibrahim Afellay for Orlando Engelaar 61

Substitutions:

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for Igor Semshov 69
Dmitri Torbinsky for Ivan Saenko 81
Dmitry Sychev for Roman Pavlyuchenko 115

Cards:

Khalid Boulahrouz 51 Y
Robin van Persie 55 Y
Rafael van der Vaart 60 Y

Cards:

Denis Kolodin 71 Y
Yuri Zhirkov 103 Y
Dmitri Torbinsky 111 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Henk Timmer
Defender/Right back Mario Melchiot
Defender Wilfred Bouma
Defender Tim de Cler
Defender Johnny Heitinga
Midfielder Ibrahim Afellay
Midfielder Demy de Zeeuw
Midfielder Arjen Robben

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov
Goalkeeper Viacheslav Malafeev
Defender Renat Yanbaev
Defender/Midfielder Roman Shirokov
Midfielder Vladimir Bystrov
Midfielder Oleg Ivanov
Midfielder Dmitri Torbinsky
Midfielder/Forward Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
Forward Roman Adamov
Forward Dmitry Sychev

Comments:

- Holland have now been knocked out in the quarter-finals two times in these Championships. Their only previous exit at this stage came in 1996 with Hiddink at the helm, when they suffered a 5-4 defeat on penalties to France. - Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar equalled Lilian Thuram's all-time record for most European Championship matches, by making his 16th appearance. - Ruud van Nistelrooy scored his sixth goal in European Championship history, which makes him joint third in the all-time top scorer table, trailing Alan Shearer (seven) and Michel Platini (nine).

Comments:

- Russia will play a European Championship semi-final for the sixth time and their first since 1988, when they took part as the Soviet Union. - Guus Hiddink has now reached the European Championship semi-finals for the first time. The Dutchman had already reached the last four of the World Cup twice in 1998 and 2002 as head coach of the Netherlands and South Korea respectively. - Russia have now won three successive matches. Between 1960 and 1964 the Soviet Union also won three in a row in European Championship finals.