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Italy hope their luck changes against France PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

BADEN, Austria, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - World champions Italy hope the bad luck they feel they have suffered at Euro 2008 will not return in Tuesday's crunch match with France.

The world champions felt hard done by in Friday's 1-1 Group C draw with Romania when Luca Toni had a goal wrongly flagged offside and Tom Henning Ovrebo awarded a disputed late penalty, which Gianluigi Buffon saved to keep Italy in the tournament.
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Italy's Buffon befuddled by group permutations PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

BADEN, Austria, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has left his calculator at home and is relying on others to explain the complicated permutations in Euro 2008 Group C.

Netherlands have already reached the quarter-finals and won the group after big wins over Italy and France.
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Dutch could rest Ooijer and de Jong PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Netherlands coach Marco van Basten hinted he would rest Andre Ooijer and Nigel de Jong for Tuesday's Euro 2008 match against Romania.

Defender Ooijer and midfielder de Jong were booked earlier in the tournament and a second yellow card for the Group C winners in the next game in Berne would mean an automatic suspension for the quarter-finals.

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Poor defending key to Italy and France woes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

GENEVA, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Italy and France could fail to reach the last eight at Euro 2008 on Tuesday, less than two years after competing in the World Cup final in Berlin, having been exposed by repeated defensive lapses.

They meet in a decisive Group C match at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich without the ability to control their own destinies. One of them is likely to finish bottom.
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Aragones to ring changes for Spain's last group game PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

NEUSTIFT, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Spain coach Luis Aragones plans to ring the changes for his team's final Group D game against eliminated Greece on Wednesday with their place in the quarter-finals as group winners already assured.

"My initial thought is to change almost everyone and give some of the other players a chance to show they are ready," Aragones told a news conference on Sunday. "At least that is my thought right now, but it could change when I sleep on it."
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Turkey win takes tournament to fresh peaks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

GENEVA, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Turkey's pulsating 3-2 win over Czech Republic brought the curtain down on Group A in exceptional circumstances on Sunday night as Euro 2008 continued to produce yet another unlikely drama.

As befits a tournament being staged in the Alpine nations of Switzerland and Austria, the players appear to be scaling new peaks of excitement and entertainment in almost every match.
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Bush wins European backing over Iran sanctions PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

LONDON Mon Jun 16,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US President George W. Bush won strong backing from Europe on Monday to tighten sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown also promised to send more troops to try to end resurgent violence in Afghanistan after talks with Bush, who is making a farewell tour of Europe.
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No siesta for defenders with Villa, Torres on song PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

NEUSTIFT, Austria, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Spain's David Villa and Fernando Torres are emerging as the strike pair likeliest to cause most sleepness nights for Euro 2008 defenders.

Villa has stolen the headlines for his coolly taken hat-trick in Spain's opening 4-1 victory over Group D rivals Russia and an excellent stoppage-time goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over Sweden.
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Scolari rues bookings more than defeat against Swis PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

BASEL, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari regretted not fielding a complete reserve side after the Euro 2008 quarter-finalists lost their final Group A match 2-0 to already-eliminated Switzerland on Sunday.

The four yellow cards the Portuguese picked up concerned their Brazilian coach more than the result, with his team already through to the last eight after winning their opening two games over Turkey and Czech Republic.
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Referee right to dismiss Volkan, Terim says PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

GENEVA, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Ref Peter Frojdfeldt was right to send off Volkan Demirel after the Turkey keeper clashed with Jan Koller in the final minutes of their thrilling Euro 2008 Group A defeat of Czech Republic, his coach Fatih Terim said.

Turkey looked finished after 62 minutes when the Czechs took a 2-0 lead at the Stade de Geneve but mounted a stunning comeback to score three late goals and clinch a place in Friday's quarter-final against Group B winners Croatia.
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Czechs leave baffled at how they threw it all away PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

INNSBRUCK, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Czech Republic leave Euro 2008 feeling shell-shocked and bemused at how they let a quarter-final place slip through their fingers in a final few minutes of madness.

Leading 2-0 with 15 minutes to go, they had a last-eight place firmly within their grasp on Sunday before Turkey stunned them with three quick goals that left their dreams in tatters and their coach lost for an explanation.
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Germany occupy Scolari's thoughts for last eight PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

BASEL, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Germany, potential rivals for Portugal in Thursday's Euro 2008 quarter-final in Basel, have been in the back of Luiz Felipe Scolari's mind ever since Joachim Loew's three-time winners lost to Croatia.

The Germans' surprise defeat by Group B winners Croatia last week coupled with Austria's draw with Poland left all three teams in with a chance of meeting Portugal with the outcome to be decided on Monday night.
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Turkish take delight in last-gasp victory over Czechs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

ISTANBUL, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Turkey savoured a last-gasp win over Czech Republic at Euro 2008 and then poured praise on its national team as fans celebrated late into Sunday night and looked forward to a quarter-final against Croatia.

Turkish fans turned out in force back at home, across host nations Austria and Switzerland and in Germany to celebrate the sensational 3-2 victory over the Czechs in Group A that saw the team finish runners-up behind Portugal.
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Turkey's Emre Gungor may miss rest of Euro 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

GENEVA, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Turkey central defender Emre Gungor, stretchered off in the second half of the win over Czech Republic, has a calf strain and may miss the rest of Euro 2008.

Emre is having a scan later on Monday and a decision will be made once the results are known, coach Fatih Terim told a news conference.

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Turkey comeback was unbelievable, says Brueckner PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

GENEVA, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Czech coach Karel Brueckner could not believe his side conceded two late goals to lose 3-2 to Turkey and go out of Euro 2008 at the group stage on Sunday.

The Turks reached the quarter-finals from Group A thanks to Nihat Kahveci's late double, with Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech dropping the ball at his feet for the first.
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Cech says costly blunder summed up awful season PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

GENEVA, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Czech Republic's Petr Cech said the howler that gifted Turkey their equaliser in Sunday's make-or-break Euro 2008 match summed up his miserable season.

Cech, one of the world's top goalkeepers, dropped the ball at the feet of Nihat Kahveci in the 87th minute and the Turkey captain stroked it into the empty net to make it 2-2.
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Swiss salvage honour by beating Portugal 2-0 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

BASEL, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Switzerland salvaged some honour from the Euro 2008 tournament they are co-hosting by finishing with a 2-0 victory over Group A winners Portugal on Sunday.

Hakan Yakin scored both goals for the Swiss, already sure of finishing bottom of the four-team group after losing their first two games against Czech Republic and Turkey, netting in the 71st minute and in the 84th from a penalty.
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Webb defends Austria penalty, but Pole goal offside PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

ZURICH, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Referee Howard Webb defended his decision on Sunday to award a controversial late penalty to co-hosts Austria against Poland at Euro 2008 that led to the Polish prime minister saying he wanted to kill him.

Webb conceded, however, that he should not have allowed Poland's opening goal in the same match on Thursday because it was offside.
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Greece determined to go out heads high PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

SEEKIRCHEN, Austria, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Greece players made it clear on Sunday that Europe's beaten champions want to make a dignified exit from Euro 2008 in their final Group D game with Spain.

Defeats by Sweden and Russia have sealed the fate of the surprise Euro 2004 winners, who have yet to score a goal at the tournament and never looked like getting back into either game.
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Despite mockery Austria are contenders, says Herzog PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

VIENNA, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Despite years of mockery Austria have vastly improved and will defy their critics by going into their last Euro 2008 Group B match against Germany with a fighting chance, team manager Andreas Herzog said on Sunday.

A point from Monday's match in Vienna would be enough for Germany to go through as Group B runners-up behind Croatia.
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Communication no problem at Chelsea says Scolari PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

BASEL, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Past results and an ability to communicate with players have made coach Luiz Felipe Scolari confident about his new Premier League career with Chelsea.

Scolari, who will end a five and a half year stint with Portugal when their campaign at Euro 2008 comes to an end, will take over at Chelsea on July 1.

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