Quarterfinal Lineup Is Confirmed

VIENNA -- Russia's deserved 2-0 win over Sweden sent it through to a quarterfinal meeting with coach Guus Hiddink's native Netherlands and completed the lineup for the last eight.

The Swedes, who only needed a draw to progress, joined the already eliminated Greeks on an early flight home.

Like Romania the night before and to an extent France, Sweden and Greece have paid the penalty for a lack of attacking ambition in a tournament graced with scintillating football.

Greece, which won Euro 2004 against all expectations, departed as the only of the 16 finalists not to gain a point after losing to Spain 2-1 on Wednesday.

Russia's dominant display will certainly have won it admirers.

Roman Pavlyuchenko sidefooted home after a great interchange of passing midway through the first half, before Andrei Arshavin, playing his first match of the tournament after suspension, finished off a similar flowing move five minutes into the second half.

"We're very proud of what the team's achieved in this tournament, but that's not enough. The next goal is the Dutch," said Hiddink, who coached Netherlands to the World Cup semifinals in 1998 and now meets them in Basel on Saturday.

"Our problem is we have only two days to recover."

Already confirmed as the winner of Group D, Spain played a second string side ahead of Sunday's last eight clash with world champion Italy in Vienna.

Angelos Haristeas, who scored the winner in the Euro 2004 final, put Greece ahead in Salzburg, but goals from Ruben de la Red and Daniel Guiza, two minutes from time, made it three wins from three for Spain.

The tournament does not pause for breath now group stage is over.

The first quarterfinal, between Portugal and Germany on Thursday, had not finished by press time. The second, on Friday, features Croatia and Turkey.