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Guus Hiddink does it again and now faces the Dutch (PSV.nl)

19 jun 2008 - Source: PSV.nl

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Russia booked their Euro 2008 quarter-final berth as they recorded a 2-0 win over Sweden in Innsbruck on Wednesday night. The Russians finished second in Group D and thus secured the last quarter-final place at Euro 2008. The former PSV manager Guus Hiddink again showed his Midas touch.
Basle, 8.45pm
Sweden only needed a draw to progress to the quarter-final, but the Scandinavians were outplayed by the Russians. Roman Pavlyuchenko gave Russia the lead in the 24th minute. Arshavin, who had completed a two-match suspension, made a big impact in his first game of the tournament when he doubled Russia's advantage six minutes after the break. Russia were completely in control but wasted a couple of good chances to score more goals. Guus Hiddink continued to show his Midas touch. After he had already led Holland and South Korea to the World Cup semi-finals and Australia to the last 16, he now steered Russia to the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time, living up to his formidable reputation. Russia made amends for a 4-1 defeat against Spain in the opening game when they enjoyed a 1-0 victory against Greece. Hiddink will now meet Holland after he guided Russia to a 2-0 win over Sweden. 'I am especially proud of my team for their achievements', said Hiddink, who is looking forward to Saturday's quarter-final against the Netherlands. 'The quarter-final will be a special one. We have made good progress in a few days.' Hiddink immediately vied for the underdog position. 'We produced a fine performance, but Marco van Basten's in-form team represents the stiffest test we could face. Moreover Holland played their B-team against Romania and their A-team have been given five days' rest. We need to play our best football in order to challenge Holland.' The quarter-final The Netherlands v Russia takes place in Basel on Saturday night, kicking off at 8.45pm. One day later, Group D winners Spain take on Italy, who finished second in Group C behind the Netherlands.