Saturday, June 21, 2008

Surprise showing

Watching RUSSIA celebrate their 3-1 extra-time victory over HOLLAND today on television, it was easy to forget that the team barely qualified for EURO 2008.
Back in November, Russia dropped a 2-1 decision to Israel and appeared out of the running for qualification. Days later, Croatia shocked England at Wembley and Russia edged minnows Andorra, 1-0 to book their unexpected passage.
Today's win over the heavily favored Dutch was just as unexpected.
Roman Pavlyuchenko scored in regulation and Dmitri Torbinsky and Andrei Arshavin scored in the extra period.
Can Russia continue their unexpected run against Spain or Italy? I can't wait to find out.


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