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EURO '08: Villa strikes again for Spain; Greece out
by Paul Kennedy, by Mike Woitalla, June 16th, 2008 6:45AM

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[GROUP D REPORT CARDS] Spain recorded a 2-1 victory over Sweden on a dramatic stoppage-time goal to move into the quarterfinals. Russia eliminated defending champion Greece with a 1-0 win. Soccer America's Mike Woitalla and Paul Kennedy grade the players.

SPAIN-SWEDEN (2-1)

David Villa, who scored a hat trick in Spain's 4-1 opening win against Russia, was again the hero. The stubborn defense-minded Swedes kept the Spaniards at bay after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 34th-minute goal equalized Fernando Torres' 15th-minute strike. But two minutes into stoppage time, Villa latched on to a Hail Mary pass from Joan Capdevila, tapped the ball past a defender, and stroked it past keeper Andreas Isaksson.

Spain Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
6 Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) 79/0
4 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 36/4
8 Carlos Marchena (Valencia) 44/2
nr Carles Puyol (Barcelona) 63/1
7 Joan Capdevila (Villarreal) 20/3
4 Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) 25/5
8 Marcos Senna (Villarreal) 13/0
5 Xavi (Barcelona) 60/6
7 David Silva (Valencia) 16/2
8 Fernando Torres (Liverpool) 51/16
8 David Villa (Valencia) 33/18
Subs:
5 Raul Albiol (Valencia) 5/0
6 Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) 28/1
5 Santi Cazorla Villarreal) 4/0

Sweden Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
6 Andreas Isaksson (Man. City) 58/0
6 Mikael Nilsson (Panathinaikos) 49/3
5 Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa) 84/4
3 Petter Hansson (Rennes) 34/2
4 Fredrik Stoor (Rosenborg) 7/0
6 Johan Elmander (Toulouse) 37/11
7 Anders Svensson (Elfsborg) 92/15
7 Daniel Andersson (Malmo) 64/0
5 Fredrik Ljungberg (West Ham United) 74/14
8 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) 52/20
4 Henrik Larsson (Helsingborg) 97/36
Subs:
3 Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen) 23/6
nr Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham City) 5/0
nr Kim Kallstrom (Lyon) 56/8

(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

RUSSIA-GREECE (1-0)

At Euro 2004, Greece's 2-1 loss to Russia wasn't enough to stop it to go on and win the tournament. Its 1-0 to Russia on Saturday knocked it out of Euro '08. Konstantin Zyryanov of UEFA Cup champion Zenit St. Petersburg had the game's only goal.

Russia Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5
Igor Akinfeyev (CSKA Moscow) 21/0
6 Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St. Petersburg) 31/1
5 Denis Kolodin (Dynamo Kiev) 14/0
5 Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow) 36/3
6 Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow) 18/0
6 Sergei Semak (Rubin Kazan) 48/4
5 Dmitry Torbinsky (Lok. Moscow) 10/1
6 Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit St. Petersburg) 12/2
5 Igor Semshov (Dynamo Kiev) 27/0
6 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Lok. Moscow) 22/1
6 Roman Pavlyuchenko (Spartak Moscow) 17/7
Subs:
5 Ivan Saenko (Nuremberg) 7/0
nr Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow) 30/0

Greece Player Ratings
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
4 Antonis Nikopolidis (Olympiakos) 88/0
5 Vassilis Torosidis (Olympiakos) 14/0
5 Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Ein. Frankfurt) 40/4
5 Traianos Dellas (AEK Athens) 42/1
5 Giourkas Seitaridis (Atl. Madrid) 57/1
5 Angelos Basinas (Real Mallorca) 89/7
4 Costas Katsouranis (Benfica) 50/6
4 Christos Patsatzoglou (Olympiakos) 30/1
4 Nikos Liberopoulos (AEK Athens) 60/13
6 Angelos Haristeas (Nuremberg) 66/18
4 Yiannis Amanatidis (Ein. Frankfurt) 27/3
Subs:
6 Giorgios Karagounis (Panathinaikos) 74/6
5 Fanis Gekas (Bayer Leverkusen) 28/6
nr Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton Wanderers) 75/14

(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

 

 



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