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Group A of the 2008 UEFA European Championships is one of four groups competing of nations at UEFA Euro 2008. The group's first round of matches was played on 7 June, with the final round played on 15 June. All six group matches were played at venues in Switzerland, in Basel and Geneva. The group consisted of co-host Switzerland, UEFA Euro 2004 host and finalist Portugal, as well as Czech Republic and Turkey.

Portugal won their first two games against Turkey and the Czech Republic, scoring five goals in the process, to qualify for the quarter-finals by winning the group. The second quarter-final place would go to the winner of the match between Turkey and the Czech Republic. As the two teams had identical records going into the game, if the match had finished as a draw, the quarter-final place would have been determined by a penalty shootout – what would have been the first group stage penalty shootout in a major international tournament. Meanwhile, Switzerland became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament after losing to Turkey 2–1 in their second match, Arda Turan scoring a deflected winner in the last minute, having lost 1–0 to the Czech Republic in their opening match.

The final round of matches saw the Portuguese name an under-strength team for their match against Switzerland, their progression already assured. Their opponents, however, fielded a strong side and won the match 2–0, securing their first win in a European Championship. Meanwhile, with a place in the quarter-finals to play for, Turkey and the Czech Republic each had to win to qualify. The Czechs went into half time 1–0 up, and doubled their lead soon after half-time. Arda Turan brought the Turks back into the game in the 75th minute, before Petr Čech made an uncharacteristic error, dropping the ball at the feet of Nihat Kahveci, who was left with a simple finish. Boosted by the equaliser, Turkey went for the win, and two minutes later Nihat curled the ball past Čech from 20 yards. Then, with just moments left to play, the Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel pushed over the big Czech striker Jan Koller, resulting in a red card for the Turk. With no substitutions left, Turkey had to put Tuncay Şanlı in goal, but still managed to secure their place in the quarter-finals. Tempers continued to boil over as Milan Baroš was booked despite having been on the bench for the whole game.

Contents

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Turkey 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
 Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
 Switzerland 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3

All times local (UTC+2)

Switzerland vs Czech Republic

2008-06-07
18:00
Switzerland  0 – 1  Czech Republic St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 39,730
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
(Report) Svěrkoš Goal 71'
Switzerland
SWITZERLAND:
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin Booked in the 59th minute 59'
RM 19 Valon Behrami Substituted off in the 84th minute 84'
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes
LM 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Booked in the 90+3th minute 90+3'
CF 9 Alexander Frei (c) Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
CF 11 Marco Streller
Substitutions:
MF 10 Hakan Yakin Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 22 Johan Vonlanthen Booked in the 76th minute 76' Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
FW 12 Eren Derdiyok Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
Manager:
Switzerland Köbi Kuhn
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Czech Republic
CZECH REPUBLIC:
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 2 Zdeněk Grygera
CB 21 Tomáš Ujfaluši (c)
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomáš Galásek
CM 14 David Jarolím Substituted off in the 87th minute 87'
CM 3 Jan Polák
RW 7 Libor Sionko Substituted off in the 83rd minute 83'
LW 20 Jaroslav Plašil
CF 9 Jan Koller Substituted off in the 56th minute 56'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Václav Svěrkoš Substituted on in the 56th minute 56'
FW 11 Stanislav Vlček Substituted on in the 83rd minute 83'
MF 5 Radoslav Kováč Substituted on in the 87th minute 87'
Manager:
Czech Republic Karel Brückner

Man of the Match:
Czech Republic Tomáš Ujfaluši

Assistant referees:
Italy Alessandro Griselli
Italy Paolo Calcagno
Fourth official:
France Stéphane Lannoy

Portugal vs Turkey

2008-06-07
20:45
Portugal  2 – 0  Turkey Stade de Genève, Geneva
Attendance: 29,106
Referee: Herbert Fandel (Germany)
Pepe Goal 61'
Meireles Goal 90+3'
(Report)
Portugal
PORTUGAL:
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 4 José Bosingwa
CB 15 Pepe
CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira
CM 8 Petit
CM 10 João Moutinho
RW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
AM 20 Deco Substituted off in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
LW 11 Simão Substituted off in the 83rd minute 83'
CF 21 Nuno Gomes (c) Substituted off in the 69th minute 69'
Substitutions:
FW 19 Nani Substituted on in the 69th minute 69'
MF 6 Raul Meireles Substituted on in the 83rd minute 83'
DF 5 Fernando Meira Substituted on in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
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Turkey
TURKEY:
GK 23 Volkan Demirel
RB 22 Hamit Altıntop Substituted off in the 76th minute 76'
CB 2 Servet Çetin
CB 4 Gökhan Zan Booked in the 51st minute 51' Substituted off in the 55th minute 55'
LB 3 Hakan Balta
RM 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Booked in the 4th minute 4'
CM 5 Emre Belözoğlu (c)
LM 7 Mehmet Aurélio
AM 21 Mevlüt Erdinç Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
AM 17 Tuncay Şanlı
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci
Substitutions:
DF 20 Sabri Sarıoğlu Booked in the 73rd minute 73' Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
DF 15 Emre Aşık Substituted on in the 55th minute 55'
FW 9 Semih Şentürk Substituted on in the 76th minute 76'
Manager:
Turkey Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Portugal Pepe

Assistant referees:
Germany Carsten Kadach
Germany Volker Wezel
Fourth official:
Hungary Viktor Kassai

Czech Republic vs Portugal

2008-06-11
18:00
Czech Republic  1 – 3  Portugal Stade de Genève, Geneva
Attendance: 29,016
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
Sionko Goal 17' (Report) Deco Goal 8'
Ronaldo Goal 63'
Quaresma Goal 90+1'
Czech Republic
CZECH REPUBLIC:
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 2 Zdeněk Grygera
CB 21 Tomáš Ujfaluši (c)
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomáš Galásek Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
CM 17 Marek Matějovský Substituted off in the 68th minute 68'
CM 3 Jan Polák Booked in the 22nd minute 22'
RW 7 Libor Sionko
LW 20 Jaroslav Plašil Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
CF 15 Milan Baroš
Substitutions:
FW 11 Stanislav Vlček Substituted on in the 68th minute 68'
FW 9 Jan Koller Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
MF 14 David Jarolím Substituted on in the 84th minute 84'
Manager:
Czech Republic Karel Brückner
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Portugal
PORTUGAL:
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 4 José Bosingwa Booked in the 31st minute 31'
CB 15 Pepe
CB 16 Ricardo Carvalho
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira
CM 8 Petit
CM 10 João Moutinho Substituted off in the 75th minute 75'
RW 7 Cristiano Ronaldo
AM 20 Deco
LW 11 Simão Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
CF 21 Nuno Gomes (c) Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Fernando Meira Substituted on in the 75th minute 75'
FW 9 Hugo Almeida Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
MF 17 Ricardo Quaresma Substituted on in the 80th minute 80'
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo

Assistant referees:
Greece Dimitris Bozatzidis
Greece Dimitris Saraidaris
Fourth official:
Iceland Kristinn Jakobsson

Switzerland vs Turkey

2008-06-11
20:45
Switzerland  1 – 2  Turkey St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 39,730
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
Yakin Goal 32' (Report) Semih Goal 57'
Arda Goal 90+2'
Switzerland
SWITZERLAND:
GK 1 Diego Benaglio
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin (c)
RM 19 Valon Behrami
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes Substituted off in the 76th minute 76'
LM 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Substituted off in the 66th minute 66'
SS 10 Hakan Yakin Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
CF 12 Eren Derdiyok Booked in the 55th minute 55'
Substitutions:
FW 22 Johan Vonlanthen Substituted on in the 66th minute 66'
MF 7 Ricardo Cabanas Substituted on in the 76th minute 76'
FW 14 Daniel Gygax Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
Manager:
Switzerland Köbi Kuhn
SUI-TUR 2008-06-11.svg
Turkey
TURKEY:
GK 23 Volkan Demirel
RB 22 Hamit Altıntop
CB 15 Emre Aşık
CB 2 Servet Çetin
LB 3 Hakan Balta Booked in the 48th minute 48'
DM 7 Mehmet Aurélio Booked in the 41st minute 41'
RM 10 Gökdeniz Karadeniz Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
LM 14 Arda Turan
AM 11 Tümer Metin Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci (c) Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
CF 17 Tuncay Şanlı Booked in the 31st minute 31'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Mehmet Topal Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
FW 9 Semih Şentürk Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
MF 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
Manager:
Turkey Fatih Terim

Man of the Match:
Turkey Arda Turan

Assistant referees:
Slovakia Roman Slyško
Slovakia Martin Balko
Fourth official:
Slovenia Damir Skomina

Switzerland vs Portugal

2008-06-15
20:45
Switzerland  2 – 0  Portugal St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 39,730
Referee: Konrad Plautz (Austria)
Yakin Goal 71'83' (pen.) (Report)
Switzerland
SWITZERLAND:
GK 18 Pascal Zuberbühler
RB 5 Stephan Lichtsteiner Substituted off in the 83rd minute 83'
CB 20 Patrick Müller
CB 4 Philippe Senderos
LB 3 Ludovic Magnin (c)
RM 19 Valon Behrami
CM 15 Gelson Fernandes Booked in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
CM 8 Gökhan Inler
LM 22 Johan Vonlanthen Booked in the 37th minute 37' Substituted off in the 61st minute 61'
SS 10 Hakan Yakin Booked in the 27th minute 27' Substituted off in the 86th minute 86'
CF 12 Eren Derdiyok
Substitutions:
MF 16 Tranquillo Barnetta Booked in the 81st minute 81' Substituted on in the 61st minute 61'
DF 13 Stéphane Grichting Substituted on in the 83rd minute 83'
MF 7 Ricardo Cabanas Substituted on in the 86th minute 86'
Manager:
Switzerland Köbi Kuhn
SUI-POR 2008-06-15.svg
Portugal
PORTUGAL:
GK 1 Ricardo
RB 13 Miguel Booked in the 81st minute 81'
CB 15 Pepe
CB 3 Bruno Alves
LB 2 Paulo Ferreira Booked in the 30th minute 30' Substituted off in the 41st minute 41'
CM 5 Fernando Meira (c) Booked in the 78th minute 78'
CM 18 Miguel Veloso Substituted off in the 71st minute 71'
CM 6 Raul Meireles
RW 17 Ricardo Quaresma
LW 19 Nani
CF 23 Hélder Postiga Substituted off in the 74th minute 74'
Substitutions:
DF 14 Jorge Ribeiro Booked in the 64th minute 64' Substituted on in the 41st minute 41'
MF 10 João Moutinho Substituted on in the 71st minute 71'
FW 9 Hugo Almeida Substituted on in the 74th minute 74'
Manager:
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Switzerland Hakan Yakin

Assistant referees:
Austria Egon Bereuter
Austria Markus Mayr
Fourth official:
Croatia Ivan Bebek

Turkey vs Czech Republic

2008-06-15
20:45
Turkey  3 – 2  Czech Republic Stade de Genève, Geneva
Attendance: 29,016
Referee: Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Arda Goal 75'
Nihat Goal 87'89'
(Report) Koller Goal 34'
Plašil Goal 62'
Turkey
TURKEY:
GK 23 Volkan Demirel Red card 90+2'
RB 22 Hamit Altıntop
CB 13 Emre Güngör Substituted off in the 63rd minute 63'
CB 2 Servet Çetin
LB 3 Hakan Balta
RM 6 Mehmet Topal Booked in the 6th minute 6' Substituted off in the 57th minute 57'
CM 7 Mehmet Aurélio Booked in the 10th minute 10'
CM 14 Arda Turan Booked in the 64th minute 64'
LM 17 Tuncay Şanlı
CF 8 Nihat Kahveci (c)
CF 9 Semih Şentürk Substituted off in the 46th minute 46'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Sabri Sarıoğlu Substituted on in the 46th minute 46'
MF 18 Colin Kazim-Richards Substituted on in the 57th minute 57'
DF 15 Emre Aşık Booked in the 73rd minute 73' Substituted on in the 63rd minute 63'
Manager:
Turkey Fatih Terim
TUR-CZE 2008-06-15.svg
Czech Republic
CZECH REPUBLIC:
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 2 Zdeněk Grygera
CB 21 Tomáš Ujfaluši (c) Booked in the 90+4th minute 90+4'
CB 22 David Rozehnal
LB 6 Marek Jankulovski
DM 4 Tomáš Galásek Booked in the 80th minute 80'
CM 17 Marek Matějovský Substituted off in the 39th minute 39'
CM 3 Jan Polák
RW 7 Libor Sionko Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
LW 20 Jaroslav Plašil Substituted off in the 80th minute 80'
CF 9 Jan Koller
Substitutions:
MF 14 David Jarolím Substituted on in the 39th minute 39'
DF 13 Michal Kadlec Substituted on in the 80th minute 80'
FW 11 Stanislav Vlček Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
FW 15 Milan Baroš[1] Booked in the 90+5th minute 90+5'
Manager:
Czech Republic Karel Brückner

Man of the Match:
Turkey Nihat Kahveci

Assistant referees:
Sweden Stefan Wittberg
Sweden Henrik Andrén
Fourth official:
Poland Grzegorz Gilewski

References

  1. ^ Baroš was booked on the substitutes bench, despite not playing any part in the match
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