Monday, June 16, 2008

UEFA Euro 2008: Day 10 Recap

Germany 1, Austria 0
Croatia 1, Poland

It wasn't the beautiful advertisement for soccer that yesterday's Turkey-Czech Republic game was, but Germany secured the result they needed with a 1-0 win over Austria to advance to the quarterfinals. It's the first quarterfinal berth for Germany since they won Euro '96. Michael Ballack's rocket free kick n the 49th minute was the game's only goal, with the most intriguing moments coming on the sideline.

Late in the first half, Austria coach Josef Hickersberger and his German counterpart, Joachim Low, were both sent to the stands by referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez. The bickering between the two seemed rather innocent, but off they went, leaving Low to talk shop with German chancellor Angela Merkel.

In Klagenfurt, Ivan Klasnic's 52nd minute tally pushed Croatia to 3-0-0 and ended Poland's tournament, as the Croats won 1-0.

It's on to the quarters for Croatia and Germany. Germany will meet Portugal in Basle Thursday, while Croatia head to Vienna to face Turkey on Friday.

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