Netherlands 1 - 3 Russia
What a game. I'm so glad I planned to watch this one out of all the Quarter finals. Two teams that have played great football all tourament, playing out a wonderful game.
Russia came out at the Dutch right from the off. They forged forward and keeping poking at the opposing defence. They out played them, out witted them and the way that Guus Hiddink had them set up was perfect. Arshavin was once again able to show his talent with runs in and out of the box and continue to use his trickey with passes and crosses into the box. One of my favourite players of the tournament continued his fine form - Roman Pavulychenko. His movement off the ball and his awareness have been things I have really enjoyed watching. I won't mention all the Russians but they were impressive.
The Dutch were not rubbish they just appeaered flat considering the way they performed through out the group stage. Not even the likes of Van Der Vaart, Van Nistelrooy or Sneijder could put the Russians off of their stride.
The scoring commenced with Pavulychenko finishing wondefully from a ow ball in from the left hand side. t was late on in the game that Van Nistelrooy forced the game into extra time with a great header fom a free kick. However the extra period of 30 minutes belonged to the Russians They just wanted it more. Firstly a fabulous finish by Torbinski at the near post from an Arshavin cross and then a goal for Arshavin himself. You can forget your Ronaldos in this competition - Arshavin is becoming the player to watch.
With the Dutch out it seems impossible to be able to call this competition. Iwould now love to see the Russians win it. I enjoy watching them and hey at least we can say that the winners knocked us out of qualification!!!