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Absent Villa takes scoring prize

Published: Monday 30 June 2008, 0.52CET
Spain centre-forward David Villa has finished as top scorer at UEFA EURO 2008™ with four goals – despite having to miss the 1-0 final victory with a thigh injury.
Absent Villa takes scoring prize
David Villa has had much to celebrate despite having to miss the final ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 30 June 2008, 0.52CET

Absent Villa takes scoring prize

Spain centre-forward David Villa has finished as top scorer at UEFA EURO 2008™ with four goals – despite having to miss the 1-0 final victory with a thigh injury.

Spain striker David Villa has been crowned top scorer at UEFA EURO 2008™ despite missing the final because of a thigh injury.

Four-goal flurry
Villa scored four goals in Spain's first two games in Austria – three against Russia and one against Sweden – making him the first player to hit a UEFA European Championship finals hat-trick since 2000, and only the seventh overall. The 26-year-old Valencia CF forward was unable to add to that tally, but nevertheless finished one goal clear of Germany's Lukas Podolski, Roman Pavlyuchenko of Russia, Switzerland's Hakan Yakin and Semih Şentürk of Turkey. Twelve players registered two goals each, including Villa's team-mates Daniel Güiza and final hero Fernando Torres, plus Germany trio Michael Ballack, Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

UEFA EURO 2008 top scorers
PlayerTeamGoals
David VillaSpain4
Roman PavlyuchenkoRussia3
Lukas PodolskiGermany

3

Hakan YakinSwitzerland3
Semih ŞentürkTurkey3
Andrei ArshavinRussia2
Michael BallackGermany2
Miroslav KloseGermany2
Bastian SchweinsteigerGermany2
Daniel GüizaSpain2
Fernando TorresSpain2
Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden2
Ivan KlasnićCroatia2
Nihat KahveciTurkey2
Arda Turan Turkey2
Wesley SneijderNetherlands2
Ruud van NistelrooyNetherlands2
Robin van PersieNetherlands

2

UEFA EURO 2008 top scorers including qualifying
PlayerTeamGoals
David HealyNorthern Ireland13
Lukas Podolski Germany11
David VillaSpain11
Eduardo da SilvaCroatia10
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal9
Euzebiusz Smolarek Poland9
John Dahl TomassonDenmark8
UEFA European Championship finals top scorers year by year
(1960-1976: from semi-finals; 1980-2004: from final tournament group stage)
YearPlayerTeamGoals
2004Milan BarošCzech Republic5
2000Patrick Kluivert
Savo Milošević
Netherlands
Yugoslavia
5
1996Alan ShearerEngland5
1992Dennis Bergkamp
Thomas Brolin
Henrik Larsen
Karl-Heinze Riedle
Netherlands
Sweden
Denmark
Germany
3
1988Marco van Basten Netherlands5
1984Michel Platini
France9
1980Klaus AllofsWest Germany3
1976Dieter MüllerWest Germany4
1972Gerd MüllerWest Germany4
1968Dragan DžajićYugoslavia2
1964Ferenc Bene
Dezső Novák
Jesús María Pereda
Hungary
Hungary
Spain
2
1960Milan Galić
François Heutte
Valentin Ivanov
Dražan Jerković
Viktor Ponedelnik
Yugoslavia
France
Soviet Union
Yugoslavia
Soviet Union
2
Last updated: 30/06/08 2.53CET

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