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UEFA Euro 2008 Group A

Group A of UEFA Euro 2008 is one of four groups competing of nations at UEFA Euro 2008. The group's first round of matches was played on 7 June, with the final round played on 15 June. All six group matches were played at venues in Switzerland, in Basel and Geneva. The group consisted of co-host Switzerland, UEFA Euro 2004 host and finalist Portugal, as well as Czech Republic and Turkey.

Portugal won their first two games against Turkey and the Czech Republic, scoring five goals in the process, to qualify for the quarter-finals by winning the group. The second quarter-final place would go to the winner of the match between Turkey and the Czech Republic. As the two teams had identical records going into the game, if the match had finished as a draw, the quarter-final place would have been determined by a penalty shootout - what would have been the first group stage penalty shootout in a major international tournament. Meanwhile, Switzerland became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament after losing to Turkey 2-1 in their second match, Arda Turan scoring a deflected winner in the last minute, having lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in their opening match.[1] This match between Switzerland and Turkey was dubbed the "Bath of Basel" as the rain poured down incessantly. The weather suited the long-ball Swiss more than the short-passing Turks, and before half time the Swiss had capitalised on the conditions. Indeed, Hakan Yakin's goal stemmed from the ball stopping in a puddle and allowing him an easy finish, which led the BBC commentary team to utter the classic, "It's a tap-in ... Hakan Yakin!" In the second half Turkey's more direct style yielded two goals, the second a last-minute long-range shot from Arda Turan which went in off a deflection. This was the first of several last-gasp victories for the Turkish team at the tournament, made all the more impressive by their injury woes at that time.

The final round of matches saw the Portuguese name an under-strength team for their match against Switzerland, their progression already assured. Their opponents, however, fielded a strong side and won the match 2-0, securing their first win in a European Championship.[2] Meanwhile, with a place in the quarter-finals to play for, Turkey and the Czech Republic each had to win to qualify. The Czechs went into half time 1-0 up, and doubled their lead soon after half-time. Arda Turan brought the Turks back into the game in the 75th minute, before Petr ?ech made an uncharacteristic error, dropping the ball at the feet of Nihat Kahveci, who was left with a simple finish. Boosted by the equaliser, Turkey went for the win, and two minutes later, Nihat curled the ball past ?ech from 20 yards. Then, with just moments left to play, the Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel pushed over the big Czech striker Jan Koller, resulting in a red card for the Turk. With no substitutions left, Turkey had to put Tuncay in goal, but still managed to secure their place in the quarter-finals.[3] Tempers continued to boil over, as Milan Baro? was booked, despite having been on the bench for the whole game.

Teams

Draw position Team Pot Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
UEFA Rankings FIFA Rankings
June 2008
November 2007[nb 1] May 2008[nb 2]
A1   Switzerland 1 Co-host 12 December 2002 3rd 2004 Group stage (1996, 2004) 19 16 44
A2  Czech Republic[nb 3] 2 Group D winner 17 October 2007 7th 2004 Winners (1976) 4 3 6
A3  Portugal 3 Group A runner-up 21 November 2007 5th 2004 Runners-up (2004) 8 5 11
A4  Turkey 4 Group C runner-up 21 November 2007 3rd 2000 Quarter-finals (2000) 14 14 20

Notes

  1. ^ The UEFA rankings of November 2007 were used for seeding for the final draw.
  2. ^ UEFA unveiled a new ranking system in May 2008 based on results up to November 2007.
  3. ^ From 1960 to 1980, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6[a] Advance to knockout phase
2  Turkey 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6[a]
3  Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3[b]
4   Switzerland (H) 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3[b]
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head result: Portugal 2-0 Turkey.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head result: Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic.

In the quarter-finals,

  • The winner of Group A, Portugal, advanced to play the runner-up of Group B, Germany.
  • The runner-up of Group A, Turkey, advanced to play the winner of Group B, Croatia.

Matches

Switzerland vs Czech Republic

Attendance: 39,730[4]
Switzerland[5]
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner Substituted off 75
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin Yellow card 59
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes
RW 19 Valon Behrami Substituted off 84
LW 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Yellow card 90+3
CF 9 Alexander Frei (c) Substituted off 46
CF 11 Marco Streller
Substitutions:
MF 10 Hakan Yakin Substituted in 46
FW 22 Johan Vonlanthen Yellow card 76 Substituted in 75
FW 12 Eren Derdiyok Substituted in 84
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn
SUI-CZE 2008-06-07.svg
GK 1 Petr ?ech
RB 2 Zden?k Grygera
CB 21 Tomá? Ujfalu?i (c)
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomá? Galásek
CM 14 David Jarolím Substituted off 87
CM 3 Jan Polák
RW 7 Libor Sionko Substituted off 83
LW 20 Jaroslav Pla?il
CF 9 Jan Koller Substituted off 56
Substitutions:
FW 10 Václav Sv?rko? Substituted in 56
FW 11 Stanislav Vl?ek Substituted in 83
MF 5 Radoslav Ková? Substituted in 87
Manager:
Karel Brückner

Man of the Match:
Tomá? Ujfalu?i (Czech Republic)[4]

Assistant referees:
Alessandro Griselli (Italy)
Paolo Calcagno (Italy)
Fourth official:
Stéphane Lannoy (France)

Portugal vs Turkey

Portugal 2-0 Turkey
Report
Attendance: 29,106[6]
Portugal[7]
Turkey[7]
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 4 José Bosingwa
CB 15 Pepe
CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira
CM 8 Petit
CM 10 João Moutinho
RW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
AM 20 Deco Substituted off 90+2
LW 11 Simão Substituted off 83
CF 21 Nuno Gomes (c) Substituted off 69
Substitutions:
FW 19 Nani Substituted in 69
MF 6 Raul Meireles Substituted in 83
DF 5 Fernando Meira Substituted in 90+2
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
POR-TUR 2008-06-07.svg
GK 23 Volkan Demirel
RB 22 Hamit Alt?ntop Substituted off 76
CB 2 Servet Çetin
CB 4 Gökhan Zan Yellow card 51 Substituted off 55
LB 3 Hakan Balta
RM 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Yellow card 4
CM 5 Emre Belözo?lu (c)
LM 7 Mehmet Aurélio
AM 21 Mevlüt Erdinç Substituted off 46
AM 17 Tuncay
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci
Substitutions:
DF 20 Sabri Sar?o?lu Yellow card 73 Substituted in 46
DF 15 Emre Ak Substituted in 55
FW 9 Semih ?entürk Substituted in 76
Manager:
Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Pepe (Portugal)[6]

Assistant referees:
Carsten Kadach (Germany)
Volker Wezel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Czech Republic vs Portugal

Attendance: 29,016[8]
Portugal[9]
GK 1 Petr ?ech
RB 2 Zden?k Grygera
CB 21 Tomá? Ujfalu?i (c)
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomá? Galásek Substituted off 73
CM 17 Marek Mat?jovský Substituted off 68
CM 3 Jan Polák Yellow card 22
RW 7 Libor Sionko
LW 20 Jaroslav Pla?il Substituted off 84
CF 15 Milan Baro?
Substitutions:
FW 11 Stanislav Vl?ek Substituted in 68
FW 9 Jan Koller Substituted in 73
MF 14 David Jarolím Substituted in 84
Manager:
Karel Brückner
CZE-POR 2008-06-11.svg
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 4 José Bosingwa Yellow card 31
CB 15 Pepe
CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira
CM 8 Petit
CM 10 João Moutinho Substituted off 75
RW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
AM 20 Deco
LW 11 Simão Substituted off 80
CF 21 Nuno Gomes (c) Substituted off 79
Substitutions:
DF 5 Fernando Meira Substituted in 75
FW 9 Hugo Almeida Substituted in 79
MF 17 Ricardo Quaresma Substituted in 80
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)[8]

Assistant referees:
Dimitrios Bozatzidis (Greece)
Dimitrios Saraidaris (Greece)
Fourth official:
Kristinn Jakobsson (Iceland)

Switzerland vs Turkey

Switzerland  1-2 Turkey
Report
Attendance: 39,730[10]
Switzerland[11]
Turkey[11]
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin (c)
RM 19 Valon Behrami
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes Substituted off 76
LM 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Substituted off 66
SS 10 Hakan Yakin Substituted off 85
CF 12 Eren Derdiyok Yellow card 55
Substitutions:
FW 22 Johan Vonlanthen Substituted in 66
MF 7 Ricardo Cabanas Substituted in 76
FW 14 Daniel Gygax Substituted in 85
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn
SUI-TUR 2008-06-11.svg
GK 23 Volkan Demirel
RB 22 Hamit Alt?ntop
CB 15 Emre Ak
CB 2 Servet Çetin
LB 3 Hakan Balta Yellow card 48
DM 7 Mehmet Aurélio Yellow card 41
RM 10 Gökdeniz Karadeniz Substituted off 46
LM 14 Arda Turan
AM 11 Tümer Metin Substituted off 46
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci (c) Substituted off 85
CF 17 Tuncay Yellow card 31
Substitutions:
MF 6 Mehmet Topal Substituted in 46
FW 9 Semih ?entürk Substituted in 46
MF 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Substituted in 85
Manager:
Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Arda Turan (Turkey)[10]

Assistant referees:
Roman Sly?ko (Slovakia)
Martin Balko (Slovakia)
Fourth official:
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Switzerland vs Portugal

Switzerland  2-0 Portugal
Report
Attendance: 39,730[12]
Switzerland[13]
Portugal[13]
GK 18 Pascal Zuberbühler
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner Substituted off 83
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin (c)
RM 19 Valon Behrami
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes Yellow card 90+2
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
LM 22 Johan Vonlanthen Yellow card 37 Substituted off 61
SS 10 Hakan Yakin Yellow card 27 Substituted off 86
CF 12 Eren Derdiyok
Substitutions:
MF 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Yellow card 81 Substituted in 61
DF 13 Stéphane Grichting Substituted in 83
MF 7 Ricardo Cabanas Substituted in 86
Manager:
Köbi Kuhn
SUI-POR 2008-06-15.svg
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 13 Miguel Yellow card 81
CB 15 Pepe
CB 3 Bruno Alves
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira Yellow card 30 Substituted off 41
CM 5 Fernando Meira (c) Yellow card 78
CM 18 Miguel Veloso Substituted off 71
CM 6 Raul Meireles
RW 17 Ricardo Quaresma
LW 19 Nani
CF 23 Hélder Postiga Substituted off 74
Substitutions:
DF 14 Jorge Ribeiro Yellow card 64 Substituted in 41
MF 10 João Moutinho Substituted in 71
FW 9 Hugo Almeida Substituted in 74
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Hakan Yakin (Switzerland)[12]

Assistant referees:
Egon Bereuter (Austria)
Markus Mayr (Austria)
Fourth official:
Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Turkey vs Czech Republic

Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic
Report
Turkey[15]
GK 23 Volkan Demirel Red card 90+2
RB 22 Hamit Alt?ntop
CB 13 Emre Güngör Substituted off 63
CB 2 Servet Çetin
LB 3 Hakan Balta
RM 6 Mehmet Topal Yellow card 6 Substituted off 57
CM 7 Mehmet Aurélio Yellow card 10
CM 14 Arda Turan Yellow card 62
LM 17 Tuncay
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci (c)
CF 9 Semih ?entürk Substituted off 46
Substitutions:
FW 20 Sabri Sar?o?lu Substituted in 46
MF 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Substituted in 57
DF 15 Emre Ak Yellow card 73 Substituted in 63
Manager:
Fatih Terim
TUR-CZE 2008-06-15.svg
GK 1 Petr ?ech
RB 2 Zden?k Grygera
CB 21 Tomá? Ujfalu?i (c) Yellow card 90+4
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomá? Galásek Yellow card 80
CM 17 Marek Mat?jovský Substituted off 39
CM 3 Jan Polák
RW 7 Libor Sionko Substituted off 85
LW 20 Jaroslav Pla?il Substituted off 80
CF 9 Jan Koller
Substitutions:
MF 14 David Jarolím Substituted in 39
DF 13 Michal Kadlec Substituted in 80
FW 11 Stanislav Vl?ek Substituted in 85
FW 15 Milan Baro?[note 1] Yellow card 90+5
Manager:
Karel Brückner

Man of the Match:
Nihat Kahveci (Turkey)[14]

Assistant referees:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Grzegorz Gilewski (Poland)

Notes

  1. ^ Baro? was booked on the substitutes' bench, despite not playing any part in the match.

References

  1. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (11 June 2008). "Switzerland 1-2 Turkey". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (15 June 2008). "Turkey 3-2 Czech R & Switzerland 2-0 Portugal". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Ashdown, John (15 June 2008). "Turkey v Czech Republic - as it happened". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Full-time report Switzerland-Czech Republic" (PDF). Union of Football European Associations. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group A - Switzerland-Czech Republic" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Full-time report Portugal-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group A - Portugal-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Full-time report Czech Republic-Portugal" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group A - Czech Republic-Portugal" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Full-time report Switzerland-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group A - Switzerland-Turkey" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Full-time report Switzerland-Portugal" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group A - Switzerland-Portugal" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Full-time report Turkey-Czech Republic" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group A - Turkey-Czech Republic" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.

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