score football magazine
Euro 2008
Austria and Switzerland
Tuesday June 10th

Group D

Villa sinks Russia

David Villa scored the first hat-trick of Euro 2008 as Spain demolished Russia 4-1. Torres got the better of Kolodin and found Villa who rolled the ball in for his first in the 20th minute. Russia came close a few minutes later when Zyrianov hit the base of the post, but Spain extended the lead a minute before the break when Iniesta threaded the ball through to Villa who slotted it past the Russian keeper. Villa completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute when he received the ball from Fabregas, overpowered his marker beat Akinfeev for the third time. With 4 minutes remaining from a Russian corner-kick Shirokov headed the ball on for Pavlyuchenko to head in a consolation goal, but in stoppage time Akinfeev saved a volley from Xavi, but Fabregas dived to head in the rebound and give Spain an impressive victory. (Spain 4 Russia 1)

Cesc Fabregas heads in 4th against Russia

Swedes dent Greek crown

Greece began the defence of their title with a defeat against Sweden. The Greeks played defensively and only tested Isaksson once with a shot from Basinas in the closing moments of the first half which the Swede did well to get down and parry for a corner. Sweden finally broke the Greek defence in the 68th minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic played the ball off Larsson to unleash a sweet shot into the top left corner. Four minutes later Greece fell apart when they failed to defend a shot from Ljungberg, and Elmander deflected the ball towards goal enabling Hansson to scramble in the second. (Sweden 2 Greece 0)

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Petter Hansson celebrates second Swedish goal

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