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UEFA Euro 2008 Group C
A free kick in the match between Netherlands and Italy on 9 June

Group C of UEFA Euro 2008 is one of four groups of competing nations at UEFA Euro 2008. The first of three rounds of matches took place on 9 June, and finished on 17 June. All six group matches were played at venues in Switzerland, in Zürich and Berne. The group is composed of 2006 FIFA World Cup finalists Italy and France, as well as the Netherlands and Romania. At the time of the draw, these countries' respective Elo rankings among European teams were 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th, and as such the group has been dubbed the competition's "group of death".[1][2] Nevertheless, despite the strength of the four teams, Group C was the only group at Euro 2008 from which no team made it past the quarter-finals; Italy went out in the penalty shoot-out against Spain and the Netherlands lost against Russia.

The Netherlands became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals from Group C. In their first match, they beat the world champions, Italy, 3-0 in a display of counter-attacking football. Then, in their second game, they also beat the 2006 World Cup runners-up, France, 4-1. This left the French in a difficult position, having already played out a scoreless draw against Romania in the group's opening match. Romania also played out a draw against Italy in their second match, leaving them in second place going into the final round of group matches.

Italy finished as the second quarter-finalists, after they beat France 2-0 in their final game. French defender Eric Abidal was sent off just over a quarter of the way through the game for a foul on Luca Toni in the area; Andrea Pirlo converted the resulting penalty. Daniele De Rossi added the second goal from a deflected free kick just after the hour mark. Because of the Italian win, Romania had to beat the Netherlands to qualify for the quarters, but they were undone by a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goal just after half-time, before Robin van Persie scored his second of the tournament three minutes from the end.[3]

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]
C1  Netherlands 1 Group G runner-up 17 November 2007 8th 2004 Winners (1988) 1 6 10
C2  Italy 2 Group B winner 17 November 2007 7th 2004 Winners (1968) 3 1 3
C3  Romania 3 Group G winner 17 October 2007 4th 2000 Quarter-finals (2000) 6 12 12
C4  France 4 Group B runner-up 17 November 2007 7th 2004 Winners (1984, 2000) 13 2 7

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.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Advance to knockout phase
2  Italy 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
3  Romania 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
4  France 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the quarter-finals,

  • The winner of Group C, Netherlands, advanced to play the runner-up of Group D, Russia.
  • The runner-up of Group C, Italy, advanced to play the winner of Group D, Spain.

Matches

Romania vs France

Attendance: 30,585[4]
Romania[5]
France[5]
GK 1 Bogdan Lobon?
RB 2 Cosmin Contra Yellow card 40
CB 4 Gabriel Tama?
CB 15 Dorin Goian Yellow card 43
LB 3 R?zvan Ra?
RM 11 R?zvan Coci? Substituted off 64
CM 6 Mirel R?doi Substituted off 90+3
LM 5 Cristian Chivu (c)
RF 16 B?nel Nicoli
CF 21 Daniel Niculae Yellow card 27
LF 10 Adrian Mutu Substituted off 78
Substitutions:
MF 8 Paul Codrea Substituted in 64
FW 18 Marius Niculae Substituted in 78
MF 20 Nicolae Dic? Substituted in 90+3
Manager:
Victor Pi?urc?
ROU-FRA 2008-06-09.svg
GK 23 Grégory Coupet
RB 19 Willy Sagnol Yellow card 51
CB 15 Lilian Thuram (c)
CB 5 William Gallas
LB 3 Eric Abidal
CM 20 Jérémy Toulalan
CM 6 Claude Makélélé
RW 22 Franck Ribéry
LW 7 Florent Malouda
CF 8 Nicolas Anelka Substituted off 72
CF 9 Karim Benzema Substituted off 78
Substitutions:
FW 18 Bafétimbi Gomis Substituted in 72
MF 11 Samir Nasri Substituted in 78
Manager:
Raymond Domenech

Man of the Match:
Claude Makélélé (France)[4]

Assistant referees:
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (Spain)
Fourth official:
Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)

Netherlands vs Italy

Attendance: 30,777[6]
Netherlands[7]
Italy[7]
NED-ITA 2008-06-09.svg
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 2 Christian Panucci
CB 6 Andrea Barzagli
CB 23 Marco Materazzi Substituted off 54
LB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta Yellow card 35
CM 13 Massimo Ambrosini
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo
CM 8 Gennaro Gattuso Yellow card 51
RW 16 Mauro Camoranesi Substituted off 75
LW 11 Antonio Di Natale Substituted off 64
CF 9 Luca Toni Yellow card 27
Substitutions:
DF 3 Fabio Grosso Substituted in 54
FW 7 Alessandro Del Piero Substituted in 64
FW 18 Antonio Cassano Substituted in 75
Manager:
Roberto Donadoni

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)[6]

Assistant referees:
Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Italy vs Romania

Italy 1-1 Romania
Report
Attendance: 30,585[8]
Italy[9]
Romania[9]
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon
RB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta
CB 2 Christian Panucci
CB 4 Giorgio Chiellini
LB 3 Fabio Grosso
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo Yellow card 61
CM 10 Daniele De Rossi Yellow card 90+2
RW 16 Mauro Camoranesi Substituted off 85
AM 20 Simone Perrotta Substituted off 57
LW 7 Alessandro Del Piero (c) Substituted off 77
CF 9 Luca Toni
Substitutions:
FW 18 Antonio Cassano Substituted in 57
FW 15 Fabio Quagliarella Substituted in 77
MF 13 Massimo Ambrosini Substituted in 85
Manager:
Roberto Donadoni
ITA-ROU 2008-06-13.svg
GK 1 Bogdan Lobon?
RB 2 Cosmin Contra
CB 4 Gabriel Tama?
CB 15 Dorin Goian Yellow card 73
LB 3 R?zvan Ra?
DM 6 Mirel R?doi Substituted off 25
RM 7 Florentin Petre Substituted off 60
CM 8 Paul Codrea
LM 5 Cristian Chivu (c) Yellow card 58
SS 10 Adrian Mutu Yellow card 43 Substituted off 88
CF 21 Daniel Niculae
Substitutions:
MF 20 Nicolae Dic? Substituted in 25
MF 16 B?nel Nicoli Substituted in 60
MF 11 R?zvan Coci? Substituted in 88
Manager:
Victor Pi?urc?

Man of the Match:
Andrea Pirlo (Italy)[8]

Assistant referees:
Geir Åge Holen (Norway)
Jan Petter Randen (Norway)
Fourth official:
Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Netherlands vs France

Netherlands 4-1 France
Report
Attendance: 30,777[10]
Netherlands[11]
France[11]
NED-FRA 2008-06-13.svg
GK 23 Grégory Coupet
RB 19 Willy Sagnol
CB 15 Lilian Thuram (c)
CB 5 William Gallas
LB 13 Patrice Evra
CM 20 Jérémy Toulalan Yellow card 82
CM 6 Claude Makélélé Yellow card 32
RW 10 Sidney Govou Substituted off 75
LW 7 Florent Malouda Substituted off 60
SS 22 Franck Ribéry
CF 12 Thierry Henry
Substitutions:
FW 18 Bafétimbi Gomis Substituted in 60
FW 8 Nicolas Anelka Substituted in 75
Manager:
Raymond Domenech

Man of the Match:
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)[10]

Assistant referees:
Carsten Kadach (Germany)
Volker Wezel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Grzegorz Gilewski (Poland)

Netherlands vs Romania

Netherlands[13]
Romania[13]
NED-ROU 2008-06-17.svg
GK 1 Bogdan Lobon?
RB 2 Cosmin Contra
CB 4 Gabriel Tama?
CB 14 Sorin Ghionea
LB 3 R?zvan Ra?
DM 8 Paul Codrea Substituted off 72
CM 11 R?zvan Coci?
CM 5 Cristian Chivu (c) Yellow card 78
RW 16 B?nel Nicoli Substituted off 82
LW 10 Adrian Mutu
CF 18 Marius Niculae Substituted off 59
Substitutions:
FW 21 Daniel Niculae Substituted in 59
MF 20 Nicolae Dic? Substituted in 72
MF 7 Florentin Petre Substituted in 82
Manager:
Victor Pi?urc?

Man of the Match:
Robin van Persie (Netherlands)[12]

Assistant referees:
Matthias Arnet (Switzerland)
Stéphane Cuhat (Switzerland)
Fourth official:
Craig Thomson (Scotland)

France vs Italy

France 0-2 Italy
Report
Attendance: 30,585[14]
France[15]
Italy[15]
GK 23 Grégory Coupet
RB 14 François Clerc
CB 5 William Gallas
CB 3 Eric Abidal Red card 24
LB 13 Patrice Evra Yellow card 18
CM 20 Jérémy Toulalan
CM 6 Claude Makélélé
RW 10 Sidney Govou Yellow card 47 Substituted off 66
LW 22 Franck Ribéry Substituted off 10
CF 9 Karim Benzema
CF 12 Thierry Henry (c) Yellow card 85
Substitutions:
MF 11 Samir Nasri Substituted in 10 Substituted off 26
DF 2 Jean-Alain Boumsong Yellow card 72 Substituted in 26
FW 8 Nicolas Anelka Substituted in 66
Manager:
Raymond Domenech
FRA-ITA 2008-06-17.svg
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 19 Gianluca Zambrotta
CB 2 Christian Panucci
CB 4 Giorgio Chiellini Yellow card 45+4
LB 3 Fabio Grosso
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo Yellow card 44 Substituted off 55
CM 10 Daniele De Rossi
CM 8 Gennaro Gattuso Yellow card 54 Substituted off 82
AM 20 Simone Perrotta Substituted off 64
CF 9 Luca Toni
CF 18 Antonio Cassano
Substitutions:
MF 13 Massimo Ambrosini Substituted in 55
MF 16 Mauro Camoranesi Substituted in 64
MF 22 Alberto Aquilani Substituted in 82
Manager:
Roberto Donadoni

Man of the Match:
Daniele De Rossi (Italy)[14]

Assistant referees:
Roman Sly?ko (Slovakia)
Martin Balko (Slovakia)
Fourth official:
Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

References

  1. ^ Harrold, Michael (2 December 2007). "Group of Death draws mixed reaction". Euro 2008 official website. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "Italy and France in Euro 2008 'group of death'". ESPN Soccernet. ESPN. 2 December 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (11 June 2008). "France 0-2 Italy & Netherlands 2-0 Romania". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Full-time report Romania-France" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group C - Romania-France" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Full-time report Netherlands-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group C - Netherlands-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Full-time report Italy-Romania" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group C - Italy-Romania" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Full-time Netherlands-France" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group C - Netherlands-France" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Full-time report Netherlands-Romania" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group C - Netherlands-Romania" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Full-time report France-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Team Line-ups - Group C - France-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 2012.

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