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Pavlyuchenko! 1-0

Van der Saar has been amazing for the first 55 minutes, which is a bad thing to have to say for the Dutch team.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 03:59:10 PM EST
A great game - very balanced. Ultimately, the Russians totally dominated the second half of the extra time, and deserve the win.

But a wonderful match to watch.

(3-1, in the end. The Dutch should have killed it before the extra time, after the equalizer)

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:25:29 PM EST
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Wow! I'm speechless. Hus Hiddink made as much for Russia as Vitus Bering!
by Sargon on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:30:40 PM EST
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Hiddink may have got the team to stop the Dutch attacks, but it took Arshavin to win: what an absolutely marvelous game! He prepared the 1-0 and Torbinski's marvelous 2-1, beyond shooting the 3-1, and starting at least a dozen other, failed attacks...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:39:55 PM EST
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Another factor is that the Russians ran, and ran.  I was even sure they would falter in the verlängerung, but they just kept running and attacking.  They never collapsed into defense, yet when they had to defend, they were faster and more solid.

What a tournee!

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 08:25:43 PM EST
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Hmmm. Wouldn't a factor be that the Russians have a very long winter break, and indeed have football as a summer sports (March to November), making them be near their peak physically, compared to other European footballers trying hard not to think about vacation time ?

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 09:57:48 PM EST
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Would Zhirkov have got his penalty, it could have been an even higher win. But, apart from that, and the momentary lapse of the later withdrawn second yellow for Kolodin, referee Ľuboš Micheľ showed another superb performance -- I think he has chances to get the final.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:44:58 PM EST
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Until the 1-1, the Dutch team seemed to act as if paralyzed. Was it the resting of the A team? The weight of being considered the favourites? Meeting a real challenge for the first time?

After the exit of three group winners so far, I hope Spain will break the pattern...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:41:54 PM EST
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In the end I think it was simple: The Russians wanted it more and they took it. Plus: the Dutch always seem to get rattled when they are a goal behind. Slips in defending did the rest.

Deserved win for Russia, can't say much else.

I bloody knew this would happen even before the game started. This tournament is becoming really unexpected. No more bets from me...

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:57:08 PM EST
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At least you have one coach in the semis. (Before the match, he joked with journalists that he wants to be named the traitor of the year, and other sillyness, but at the end of the match, it appeared such vengeance is not the style of Oranje fans.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 06:18:00 PM EST
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