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UEFA Euro 2008 Group B
Group B of UEFA Euro 2008 was one of four groups of competing nations at UEFA Euro 2008. The first of the three rounds of matches were played on 8 June, and the final round was completed on 16 June. All six of the group's matches were played at venues in Austria, in Vienna and Klagenfurt. The group is made up of four central European nations; co-hosts Austria, as well as Croatia, Germany and Poland. Austria and Poland are appearing in a European Championship finals for the first time.
Croatia became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals from Group B when they followed up a 1-0 win against Austria in their first match with a 2-1 win over Germany. This, in conjunction with Austria's 1-1 draw with Poland, meant that Croatia would finish top of the group. The second quarter-final spot was decided by the group's final games, with Germany defeating Austria through a Michael Ballack free kick, making the result of the Poland vs Croatia match irrelevant. Had Germany lost, Poland could still have qualified with a win over Croatia. However, a goal from Ivan Klasni? won the game for Croatia, making the Croatians the first team to gain maximum points in the group stage.