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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.


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
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
5 Raul Albiol (Valencia) 5/0
6 Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) 28/1
5 Santi Cazorla Villarreal) 4/0

Sweden Player Ratings
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
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)


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
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
5 Ivan Saenko (Nuremberg) 7/0
nr Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow) 30/0

Greece Player Ratings
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
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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