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Arshavin stars as Russia oust Sweden

Published: Thursday 19 June 2008, 0.59CET
Russia 2-0 Sweden
Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrey Arshavin set up a quarter-final with the Netherlands for Russia.
by Paul Bryan
from Stadion Tivoli Neu

Match statistics

RussiaSweden

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
7
Attempts off target11
 
6
Corners12
 
4
Fouls committed14
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 19 June 2008, 0.59CET

Arshavin stars as Russia oust Sweden

Russia 2-0 Sweden
Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrey Arshavin set up a quarter-final with the Netherlands for Russia.

Guus Hiddink's gamble of taking the previously suspended Andrey Arshavin to UEFA EURO 2008 paid off in spectacular fashion with the forward putting in a fine performance as Russia downed Sweden 2-0 to set up a Basel quarter-final against the Netherlands.

The FC Zenit St Petersburg player was a constant menace to a Sweden side requiring only a draw to stay above their opponents on goal difference, scoring Russia's second goal and striking the post in the second half. If Arshavin showed what Russia had been missing in their first two games, his team-mates displayed class of their own when a fine move resulted in Roman Pavlyuchenko's breakthrough strike after 24 minutes in Innsbruck.

With much of the talk in the build-up to the Group D decider centring around Arshavin and Zlatan Ibrahimović, the news that both were starting came as something of a surprise. Hiddink had hinted that Arshavin was not match fit while the condition of Ibrahimović's knee meant the target man was a doubt until the last minute. The Russia coach was at least true to his promise that his side would chase victory from the off.

Arshavin's pass into the middle of the Sweden area saw Igor Semshov and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov collide with the goal at their mercy, although Lars Lagerbäck's men threatened in return soon after. Anders Svensson's cross found Ibrahimović, only for the No10's downward header to be collected by Igor Akinfeev with Henrik Larsson lurking.

Arshavin and Bilyaletdinov missed chances as the quarter-hour approached before the former sent in a cross-shot that goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson tipped over. From Konstantin Zyryanov's corner, Yuri Zhirkov's thunderous shot zipped just wide. Then Russia's moment arrived.

Arshavin released Zyryanov down the right and the midfielder in turn found Aleksandr Anyukov's run inside the box. The right-back rolled a pass to Pavlyuchenko and the tall striker calmly finished for his second goal of the finals. Sweden almost levelled moments later but Larsson's clever header from a Mikael Nilsson cross bounced back off the bar. At the other end, Pavlyuchenko's next effort struck an upright after another slick interchange involving Arshavin and Bilyaletdinov.

Five minutes after the break and Russia had their second goal. Makeshift left-back Zhirkov found himself racing away from the Sweden defence before he crossed for the returning hero – on the run, Arshavin had no problem directing the ball past Isaksson's right hand.

Sweden were rocked and although their players began to react in the final third of the pitch, the best they could manage was an Olof Mellberg header that flew harmlessly over Akinfeev's crossbar. It was turning into the Andrei Arshavin show and after the little maestro was booked for upending substitute Kim Källström, he was almost through on goal again but was finally outmuscled by Fredrik Stoor.

With the contest entering its closing stages, Russia should have enhanced their advantage as their enterprising attacking play produced several late chances. Zyryanov went close when his deflected attempt came back off the post before Pavlyuchenko spurned two great opportunities – first heading straight into the grateful hands of Isaksson, then mis-hitting a shot with only the goalkeeper to beat. No matter: the 2-0 scoreline was enough for them to overhaul Sweden by three points and finish second behind Spain.

Last updated: 06/10/14 12.40CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Sweden

Sweden

1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
Yellow Card10
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
2
NilssonMikael Nilsson
Substitution79
8
KolodinDenis Kolodin
Yellow Card76
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Goal50
Yellow Card65
4
Pe. HanssonPetter Hansson
11
SemakSergei Semak (C)
Yellow Card57
5
StoorFredrik Stoor
15
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
Substitution66
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
17
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
9
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg (C)
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
19
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Goal24
Substitution90
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Yellow Card49
20
SemshovIgor Semshov
17
LarssonHenrik Larsson
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
19
AnderssonDaniel Andersson
Substitution56

Substitutes

12
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
12
ShaabanRami Shaaban (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
13
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
2
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
6
LinderothTobias Linderoth
3
YanbaevRenat Yanbaev
7
AlexanderssonNiclas Alexandersson
5
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
14
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
6
AdamovRoman Adamov
15
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist
7
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
16
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution56
9
SaenkoIvan Saenko
Substitution66
18
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
13
IvanovOleg Ivanov
20
AllbäckMarcus Allbäck
Substitution79
14
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
21
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
21
SychevDmitri Sychev
22
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
23
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution90
23
DorsinMikael Dorsin

Coach

Guus Hiddink (NED) Lars Lagerbäck (SWE)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Alex Verstraeten (BEL)

Fourth official

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

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