Saturday, 14 June 2008

[Euro 2008] Sweden 1-2 Spain

David Villa struck two minutes into stoppage time as Spain defeated a stubborn Sweden 2-1 in Innsbruck to guarantee their presence in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals as Group D winners.

Group D - Matchday 2
Tivoli Neu Stadion, Innsbruck
Spain booked a Euro 2008 quarter-final spot after David Villa's last-gasp goal sank Sweden. Spain took the lead on 15 minutes with a clever move that ended with Fernando Torres poking home David Silva's cross. But Sweden responded well and levelled when Zlatan Ibrahimovic met Fredrick Stoor's cross on 34 minutes. Spain, who could have had a penalty when Johan Elmander barged Silva, were frustrated by Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson before Villa's neat finish. Spain were far less stylish than they had been in despatching Russia in their opening match. But Villa's goal, his fourth of the tournament, was still enough to put his side into the quarter-finals.

The result means Spain will top Group D and avoid the in-form Netherlands in the last eight. Sweden must avoid defeat against Russia on Wednesday to progress into the knock-out stage.

Sweden: Isaksson, Stoor, Mellberg, Hansson, Nilsson, Elmander (Sebastian Larsson 79), Andersson, Svensson, Ljungberg, Henrik Larsson (Kallstrom 87), Ibrahimovic (Rosenberg 46).
Spain: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Marchena, Puyol (Albiol 24), Capdevila, Iniesta (Santi Cazorla 59), Senna, Xavi (Fabregas 58), Silva, Villa, Torres.

[Euro 2008 Group D]

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