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Following a 4-1 win over Russia in their first game, Spain secured top spot in the group with a 2-1 win over Sweden in their second. Their qualification for the quarter-finals was assured after Russia beat Greece later that day, condemning the title holders to the bottom position in the group. The second quarter-final spot was to be decided by the match between Sweden and Russia, with Sweden only needing to avoid defeat to go through. However, Russia scored a goal in each half to beat Sweden 2-0 and qualify for the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, despite going behind towards the end of the first half, Spain scored two second half goals, one coming three minutes before full time, to become the third team in the tournament to qualify for the quarter-finals with a 100% group stage record.