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Match 27 Marseille - Stade du Prado
Clear
24 July
0:2 (0:1, 0:0, 0:1)
  • NICO (0'03", 31'39")

Referee Istvan MESZAROS (HUN)

Summary

Nico stars as Spain progress

Nico stars as Spain progress

Nico emerged as the hero as Spain beat Argentina 2-0 to reach the last four at Marseille 2008. The No6 scored both his side's goals as they set up a semi-final meeting with either France or Italy. It took Nico just three seconds to open the scoring on his 32nd birthday, firing home impressively after being teed-up straight from kick-off. The Spanish and Argentinian defences ruled ...

Highlights

Line-up

ARG
ESP
Substitute(s)
Coaches
Hector PETRASSO (ARG)
(ESP) JOAQUIN
Officials
  • Referee: MESZAROS Istvan (HUN)
  • Second referee: SLYVA Sergejus (LTU)
  • Third referee: WALDER Roman (SUI)
  • Timekeeper: POSTMA George (NED)
  • Misses next match if booked
  • Absent
  • Injured

Photos

  • Spain's and Argentina's teams pose before their quart final at Marseille 2008
  • Argentina's players look dejected after loosing against Spain in their quart final at Marseille 2008
  • Spain's Nico competes against Argentina's Federico Hilaire during their quart final at Marseille 2008
  • Spain's Nico competes against Argentina's Federico Hilaire during their quart final at Marseille 2008
  • Spain's Nico competes against Argentina's Federico Hilaire during their quart final at Marseille 2008
  • Spain's Nico celebrates after scoring against Argentina during their quart final at Marseille 2008
  • Spain's Nico celebrates Argentina's Santiago Hilaire during their quart final at Marseille 2008
  • Spain's Amarelle competes against Argentina's Santiago Hilaire during their quart final at Marseille 2008
  • Spain's Amarelle tries a bicycle kick against Argentina's Santiago Hilaire during their quart final at Marseille 2008

Quotes

"We were pretty confident before the match but Nico's opening goal really took our legs from under us. I feel very sad for the team and the whole country," Federico Hilaire, Argentina player

"Spain showed they are a great side. It's never easy to maintain the same standard throughout a game, and I'm delighted we managed to get the balance between attack and defence just right today," Amarelle, Spain player

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    STATISTICS
    ArgentinaStatisticsSpain
    21Shots33
    3Corner kicks8
    1Yellow cards0
    0Second yellow card and red card0
    0Red Cards0
    51%Possession (%)49%