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Euro 2008 day two as it happened

Austria 0-1 Croatia Match report Germany 2-0 Poland Match report


By Caroline Cheese

2140: And no surprises from Player Rater either. Lukas Podolski is your man of the match on a whopping 8.43 ahead of misfiring striker Miroslav Klose, who is inexplicably high on 7.50.
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2137: A deserved win for Germany and no arguing about the Champagne Moment in that game. Lukas Podolski's second goal had it all. Lovely build-up, a comical mis-kick by Miroslav Klose and a smashing finish from Podolski, who showed respect to the country of his birth with his muted celebration.

Podolski scores his and Germany's second

2135: FULL-TIME Germany 2-0 Poland

2133: Miroslav Klose - whose expert air-shot set up the second goal for Podolski - is replaced by Kevin Kuranyi.

2131: Only a couple of minutes remaining now of a very entertaining game in Klagenfurt. Hard to argue against Germany winning this whole thing. They've been very impressive.

2125: Goodness me. Roger Guerreiro does brilliantly to chase down a ball and keep it in on the right before crossing for Marek Saganowski - whose close-range header at the near post is palmed away by Jens Lehmann. Great save.

2123: "Leo Beenhakker actually looks quite like a lion. A tame one, but still, quite lionesque."
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2121: "Re 2114: Great assist from Klose. You can't teach stuff like that."
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2117: A change for each side. Poland: Pawel Golanski off, Marek Saganowski on. Germany: Mario Gomez off, Tomas Hitzlsperger on.

2114: GOAL Germany 2-0 Poland
Lovely passing and moving in midfield before the ball comes to Bastian Schweinsteiger in the box. He lays it off to Miroslav Klose, whose embarrassing mis-kick sets up Lukas Podolski to lash home his second. Massive dose of luck in the lead-up but a fabulous finish.

2111: What a save. Philipp Lahm cuts the ball back for Michael Ballack in the area. The German skipper's ferocious shot is heading for the top of the net before Holy Goalie Artur Boruc launches himself and tips it over.

2109: "Phyllis Nelson took a coaching role with the German team prior to the Euro's. She was instrumental in ensuring that they 'move Klose' back to defend corners."
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2106: Poland make a change with Wojciech Lobodzinski coming off, and Lukasz Piszczek on. Piszczek was on holiday on Rhodes last week when he got the call to replace Jakub Blaszczykowski in the squad.

2105: A terrible start for Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose first effort of the game is to get a yellow card for a late tackle.

2105: Poland have the ball in the net. Euzebiusz Smolarek's effort comes back off the post but he taps in the rebound. The whistle's long gone for offside - but Phillip Lahm could have been playing him on.

2102: A yellow card for Mariusz Lewandowski as he flies into Lukas Podolski. A more deserved booking you will not see. The stretcher's on for the Germany striker but he manages to hobble off... and on again.

2100: Polish sub Roger Guerreiro runs onto a lovely ball from midfield but his cut-back is cut out.

2056: Here comes Bastian Schweinsteiger, replacing Clemens Fritz, who must have a knock because he's been one of Germany's outstanding players.

2053: A bit of a lull in the game, which is fair enough because it's been pretty frantic until now. Looks like everyone's favourite German name Bastian Schweinsteiger will be on shortly.

2047: Roger Guerreiro is on for Poland, replacing Maciej Zurawski. Guerreiro was born in Sao Paulo and only received Polish citizenship in April. He's straight in on the action running down the left channel into the box before he is robbed.

2046: Jens Lehmann gives the crowd a friendly wave as he jogs out. And we're back under way.

2042: Garth Crooks interviewing an astrologer who looks like Ozzy Osbourne. Perhaps the strangest thing I have seen on TV. Worth checking iPlayer for that one folks. Alan Hansen describes it as "worse than the Polish defence".

2035: Not surprisingly, goalscorer Lukas Podolski is the man of the moment on interactive Player Rater. He's on 7.93, ahead of Miroslav Klose. And this is a reminder that you can still vote on all the games so far at Euro 2008. So do your country a favour...

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2034:"I was extolling the virtues of Poland coach Beenhakker before the game but I cannot believe how high up his defenders were playing in the opening spell. They sorted it out after 25 minutes and came into the game."
BBC analyst Alan Shearer

2032: HALF-TIME Germany 1-0 Poland

2031: Lukas Podolski is very unhappy after he feels he is stamped on. Looked accidental though. That comes just after Poland are denied a free kick on the edge of the area for a trip.

2027: This half has flown by. Only four minutes to go of a very enjoyable 45.

2022: Clemens Fritz hurdles a challenge on the right touchline and drives on towards the box, cutting the ball back for Mario Gomez who shoots just wide.

2020: Great chance for Poland. Wojciech Lobodzinski pings in the low cross from the right but Maciej Zurawski pulls his shot just beyond the post. Poland starting to build a bit of pressure.

2019: "Germany are just outnumbering Poland in midfield all the time."
BBC analyst Mark Lawrenson

2015: Bit of debate over on 606 about whether that Podolski goal was offside. It wasn't. But should you have any burning refereeing questions you need answering, like, now, why not try out You Are The Ref. You can see if you can bamboozle Premier League referees' chief Keith Hackett. How marvellous.
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2010: "Shocking defending from Poland. Boruc was stranded and Poland at this moment look like giving away more."
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2007: Podolski didn't celebrate that goal at all but it looked like he might have shed a tear or two. The striker was born in Poland but moved to Germany when he was two.

2004: GOAL Germany 1-0 Poland
Mario Gomez delivers a cute pass for Miroslav Klose, running down the right-hand channel. This time Klose takes the right option, sliding the the ball across for Lukas Podolski to prod home and give Germany the lead against the country of his birth.

2002: Germany defender Christoph Metzelder makes an early bid for beard of the tournament. Dark and brooding. It's a frantic start to the game, with Germany on top but Poland looking dangerous.

1959: There's Germany boss Joachim Low, in jeans and immaculate white shirt - tucked in of course. No trademark scarf though, which is disappointing.

1958: "I'm going to regret saying this, but I really like the look of the German squad."
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1950: What an incredible miss. Incredible. Miroslav Klose skips clear and is through on goal but instead of slotting the ball under the keeper, he passes to Mario Gomez - who can't stretch far enough to tap in.

1949: "A Polish driver won the Grand Prix but in a German car so what does that portend? A draw?"
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1946: Jens Lehmann is in the action immediately. The ex-Arsenal keeper comes to punch but collides with Per Mertsacker. The ball comes out to Jacek Krzynowek, but he blazes over.

1945: Poland - seeking their first win in 15 meetings with Germany - kick off the game.

1941: The Polish fans drown out the jeers from their German counterparts by singing their anthem with gusto. You can hear a good few whistles during the German one though. A real sense of anticipation about this game...

1940: Germany, who are looking for a first European Championship win in 12 years, and Poland, who are making their debut at the tournament, head out of the tunnel. Electric atmosphere at this relatively small stadium.

1937: "I think Poland will get something out of this game."
BBC analyst Alan Shearer

1935: "It's absolutely jumping in here. The Polish fans have been here for hours. Beenhakker, as a coach, has got to use the energy from those fans."
BBC analyst Lee Dixon inside the Worthersee Stadium

1921: It's off to Klagenfurt and the Worthersee (Originals) Stadium for this next match. The stadium has a capacity of just 32,000, not nearly enough for the thousands of Germany and Poland fans who have descended on Austria.

1918: Away from the nasty old tabloids, Radio Times fashion expert Nicky Hambleton-Jones says Germany's kit is her favourite. "It's bold and striking and really works - and the socks aren't competing with the rest of the look." Important to remember that, folks. Your socks should never compete with the rest of your look.

1916: "Of course we have seen the photos," said Ballack. "We weren't exactly thrilled to see them." Beenhakker has apologised to the German camp.

1911: If you thought England v Germany prompted some questionable tabloid headlines at Euro 96, you ain't seen nothing yet. Polish newspaper Super Express published a mocked-up photo of Poland coach Leo Beenhakker carrying the severed heads of German captain Michael Ballack and manager Joachim Low. Nice.

1904: TEAMS
Germany: Lehmann, Lahm, Metzelder, Mertesacker, Jansen, Fritz, Frings, Ballack, Podolski, Gomez, Klose. Subs: Enke, Friedrich, Westermann, Rolfes, Schweinsteiger, Odonkor, Trochowski, Hitzlsperger, Borowski, Neuville, Kuranyi, Adler.
Poland: Boruc, Wasilewski, Zewlakow, Bak, Golanski, Dudka, Lewandowski, Lobodzinski, Zurawski, Krzynowek, Smolarek. Subs: Fabianski, Jop, Wawrzyniak, Zahorski, Kokoszka, Pazdan, Gargula, Murawski, Roger, Piszczek, Saganowski.

1900: I'm struggling for a Champagne Moment from the Austria-Croatia game, so I'm going to give it to Roman Kienast's glancing header for Austria at the death which would have earned the co-hosts a well-deserved draw. For all the horror stories, Austria looked a well-organised, hard-working side - just short of a cutting edge and perhaps a bit of inspiration. Croatia need to play for longer than 25 minutes if they're to make any progress.

Roman Kienast goes close for hosts Austria against Croatia

1857: "Bravo! Austria, lots of heart!"
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1853: "Without a shadow of a doubt, Austria deserved an equaliser. They were quicker, sharper and more competitive in the second half."
BBC analyst Alan Hansen

1852: FULL-TIME Austria 0-1 Croatia

1851: Oh so close. Several thousand Austrian fans have their heads in their hands. The free-kick comes over and Roman Kienast's glancing header bounces just wide of the post.

1848: "You can see why Croatia are not the same force without Eduardo. They can play, pass the ball but they haven't got that cutting edge or pace up front."
BBC analyst Gavin Peacock

1847: "A lot of these Croatians have very low pain thresholds. "
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1845: Austria sub Umit Korkmaz lets fly with a swerving shot which Stipe Pletikosa does well to keep out. Three minutes for Austria to salvage something.

1841: Croatia look to run down some precious seconds by replacing Ivica Olic with Ognjen Vukojevic.

1839: "Austria can pass the ball better than England!"
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1837: Ivica Vastic lets fly with a header from the edge of the box and Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa fumbles before collecting. It's all Austria at the moment and they deserve an equaliser. 11 minutes remaining.

1835: Lively Austria sub Umit Kormaz wins a free-kick after a slaloming run on the left. Ivica Vastic takes the kick but it's beaten away by the keeper. The ball is then bobbling about in the Croatian area and it eventually comes out to Martin Harnik - who blazes over.

1834: "Austria won't be as easy to beat to beat as people think. If they hadn't given away that silly penalty, who knows what would have happened?"
BBC analyst Gavin Peacock

1833: Austria are pressing forward, roared on by the home fans, but they lack the final ball. Croatia played brilliantly for 25 minutes but have been unconvincing since.

1830: Mladen Petric's afternoon comes to an early end as Igor Budan comes on to win his sixth cap. Striker for a striker.

1829: "It's so funny watching watching Modric play, he's like a floppy fish."
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1826: Ivica Olic performs a couple of stepovers and dinks the ball past Sebastian Prodl, who swiftly sticks a leg out out and brings him down. Yellow card for you son.

1823: It won't surprise you to learn that Croatian-born Vastic is the oldest player at Euro 2008. He's back in the squad after a two-and-a-half year absence. He is second behind Hans Krankl in the Austrian league's all-time scoring list.

1819: And so is Austria coach Josef Hickersberger. The substitution gets a huge roar of approval from the home fans as Jurgen Saumel is replaced by 38-year-old Ivica Vastic. Croatia replace Niko Kranjcar with Dario Knezevic.

1816: Luka Modric wins the ball back out right and hammers the ball in but Martin Stranzl is there with the clearance. Slaven Bilic is getting ready to make his first change.

1815: "Does anyone else like the look of the new football? Looks like the balls they used in the old days."
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Yes. I do.

1811: Austrian defender Joachim Standfest heads behind as Mladen Petric looks to steal in at the far post. A crucial intervention. Croatia are beginning to look like threatening again.

1809: Croatia defender Robert Kovac gets a yellow for bringing down Roland Linz in midfield.

1806: The second-half begins as the first ended - with Austria in the ascendancy. Andreas Ivanschitz gets to the byeline and pulls the ball back but there's no-one on the end of it. The Austrian supporters are enjoying this.

1805: Croatia haven't scored more than one goal in a match since 'that game'.

1803: Off we go again then.

1802: "I think it will be a fiery Croatian dressing room at half-time. If they don't start quickly in the second half, they could be in trouble."
BBC analyst Alan Hansen

1800: Hang out the bunting, crack open the champagne. Interactive Player Rater has finally joined the Euro 2008 party. Better late than never eh?
Austria v Croatia player rater

1756: "Emanuel Pogatetz is very lucky to still be on the field. He fouled Ivica Olic three times in one incident (see 1731)!"
BBC analyst Gordon Strachan

1755: Croatia's penalty was the quickest in European Championship history, beating the one given to Italy against Germany in 1996 - which was missed by Gianfranco Zola.

1753: "Austria should have done better with their chances."
BBC analyst Alan Hansen

1749: Great start from Croatia but they lost their way a bit there. With better finishing, Austria could have been level.

1748: HALF-TIME Austria 0-1 Croatia

1743: England boss Fabio Capello is at the Enrst Happel Stadion to cast his eye over Croatia - England's opponents in World Cup qualifying. He's no doubt feeling the nerves ahead of a grilling by Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tomorrow. BBC1 viewers will be able to watch that at 1750 BST during tomorrow's game between Romania and France.

1742: Croatia are all over the place at the moment, but Austria can't capitalise. Joachim Standfest is on the end of a deep cross from the left but heads wide. Slaven Bilic has some stern words for some of his players.

1741: A threat from Austria as Martin Harnik gets to the byeline but he sees his ball across goal cut out by Josip Simunic, with Roland Linz waiting.

1735: Austria's defence goes walkabout and the ball from the right comes all the way to Mladen Petric. The striker has all the time in the world but volleys high and wide. Good chance.

1734: "Re 1724: You get 8 if Austria win the tournament? 8!!! You should be made prime minister."
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1733: If Austria are going to get back into this, it will probably be through a set-piece. They win a corner but Rene Aufhauser makes a mess of what was a difficult header.

1731: Worrying moment for Emmanuel Pogatetz, who has his arms all over Ivica Olic as the striker tries to dart into the box. The ref appears to go to his pocket for a moment but settles for a talking-to. The Mad Dog, already on a yellow, is skating on thin ice.

1728: Austria win a free-kick out left and Andreas Ivanschitz delivers a decent ball - headed wide by Sebastian Prodl.

1724: "I drew Austria in the work sweepstake which I organised. Get 8 if they win or 2 if they are the first to be kicked out. Think I know which amount I'm more likely to get."
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1723: Austria keeper Jurgen Macho charges out of his goal to punch clear - taking out Niko Kranjcar in the process. Kranjcar - who is playing in the city of his birth by the way - is groggy but OK.

1721: Jurgen Saumel is the next man to see yellow for pulling back Niko Kovac. The Croat makes the most of it - but it was a free-kick. Darijo Srna smacks it straight into the wall.

1719: Austrian defender Sebastian Prodl makes a foray into the opposition half and lets fly with a shot from 30 yards. It's swerving but always going wide.

1714: Austria give away a free-kick with another clumsy tackle - this time on the right wing. The delivery from Darijo Srna is dangerous but no-one can get on the end of it.

1712: "The man Croatia have to watch out for is Andreas Ivantschwitz and they're playing him really well at the moment. Every time he gets the ball, both Kovacs close down really tight on him."
BBC analyst Gavin Peacock

1708: Jurgen Samuel has a shot from distance as Austria look to get a foot in the game but it's straight into Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa's arms.

1704: GOAL Austria 0-1 Croatia
Rene Aufhaser clatters into Ivica Olica and it's a pretty clear penalty. Emanuel Pogatetz doesn't agree and gets a yellow for complaining. New Spurs signing Luka Modric keeps his cool to slot home the kick. Perfect start for the Croats. Absolute disaster for the hosts.

1703: Penalty to Croatia.

1703: Croatia win an early corner. Darijo Srna takes it short but the training-ground move should have stayed right there. Austria clear.

1700: As we (or maybe it's just me) ponder the Austria/Switzerland, Switzerland/Austria conundrum, the game gets under way.

1659: "If Austria are that bad, why is it 'Euro 2008 - Austria and Switzerland'? Why not 'Switzerland and Austria'? The implications of this are as large as the Lennon and McCartney dispute."
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1658: "Right, I'm sick of revision. Come on Austria!"
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Are exams still going on? They seem to be never-ending.

1656: I think I heard a blast of Shaggy's official Euro 2008 anthem Feel The Rush as the players lined up. It wasn't as good as either of the national anthems, both excellent, hands on hearts, shouty affairs.

1653: Former Everton and West Ham star Slaven Bilic rallies the Croatian troops in the tunnel and out come the teams. The mascots all appear to be wearing the Romanian strip... which is odd.

1651: Austria appear to be staging a sort of counter opening ceremony. It's not on the scale of last night's events in Basel. A bit of dancing with big scarves.

1650: "Somebody give Austria a chance! Alan Hansen just described them as the only team with no chance whatsoever of winning this tournament. What about Poland?"
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1649: Croatia haven't won a match at a European Championship since 1996 when Davor Suker lobbed Peter Schmeichel in the 3-0 win over Denmark at Hillsborough.
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1644: "Are you ready for the European Championship of 2008?" says our plucky announcer in Vienna. From the reaction of the crowd, I'd say they are you know.

1641: "A lot of people are making Croatia the "dark horses". I just don't see it. I think they will struggle against Austria and Poland and get pasted by Germany. They have a weak back-line and the Austrian manager seems to have assessed their weaknesses very well."
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1637: It sounds like a decent atmosphere at Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium. The city has been flooded with an estimated 50,000 Croatia fans, with the home supporters a little less enthusiastic - understandable given their team's chances.

1632: Mind you, Nicky H-J isn't too complimentary about Croatia's strip either. "The checks draw attention upwards so they make the chest look bigger. But it's too busy and the socks don't work with the rest of the outfit."

1627: As if things didn't look bleak enough for our co-hosts, even their strip has come in for a bashing. Speaking to respected football bible, the, er, Radio Times, Ten Years Younger presenter Nicky Hambleton-Jones had this to say: "The red band on the top of the shorts makes the hips look very narrow and skinny, which isn't beneficial if you're trying to look tough and imposing." Oh dear.

1624: "It's spelt Kranjcar Caroline. Expecting a big game from the new Prosinecki today! Come on HRVATSKA!"
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1622: Croatia coach Slaven Bilic revealed his line-up on Saturday. Mladen Petric and Ivica Orlic are charged with scoring Croatia's first goal by a forward since the win over England in November. Let's not talk about that game again though.

1621: So Josef Hickersberger opts for former Sunderland and Chelsea keeper Jurgen Macho in goal while Ronald Gercialiu gets the nod ahead of Christian Fuchs in midfield. Martin Harnik and Roland Linz are the "fleet-footed strikers" (see 1613).

1618: TEAMS
Austria: Macho, Standfest, Stranzl, Pogatetz, Aufhauser, Linz, Ivanschitz, Gercaliu, Proedl, Saeumel, Harnik.
Croatia: Pletikosa, Simunic, R Kovac, Corluka, N Kovac, Srna, Modric, Olic, Kranjcar, Petric, Pranjic.

1616: "I'm going for two thrashings today. Germany 3-1 and Croatia 4-0. Should be exciting games with much more attacking play than yesterday."
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1613: "Their central defence is vulnerable. With our fleet-footed strikers, we can hurt them." Those are not the words of Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, you may be surprised to learn. It is actually Austria boss Josef Hickersberger. We shall see...

1600: Hello there. We're off to Austria* today, famous for skiing, alpine horns, Arnie Schwarzenegger, Mozart... and emphatically not football. The co-hosts are nestled just below Mozambique in the world rankings, and have not won a match at a major tournament since beating the USA 18 years ago.

* Metaphorically speaking. Clearly, I'm actually in Shepherds Bush. No deceiving of audiences here.

Group B
16 June 2008 21:40
    P GD PTS
1 Croatia 3 3 9
2 Germany 3 2 6
3 Austria 3 -2 1
4 Poland 3 -3 1

see also
Germany team guide
15 May 08 |  Germany
Poland team guide
15 May 08 |  Poland
Austria team guide
15 May 08 |  Austria
Croatia team guide
15 May 08 |  Croatia
Germany 2-0 Poland
08 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic
07 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008

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