Holland had, for me, been the best team of Euro2008 so far and I reckoned on them getting through to the final and probably winning it.
But on the night Russia outplayed them completely and so deserved the 3-1 victory they've walked away with. They didn't let Holland rest, were always on the attack and seemed to desire it so much more than there Dutch counterparts on the pitch. Even at 3-1 up with a few minutes of extra time remaining, when they had it in the bag and most teams would just time waste, Russia was attacking the Dutch goal.
I thought it was a cruel blow when Holland equalised with about 5 minutes of regular time to be played. Even though they were the team I had started the evening rooting for. But you can't deny Russia their rightfully deserved victory this evening.
Poor Marco van Basten (Coach of Holland) looked shell-shocked. Whilst Guus Hiddink (also Dutch but Coach of Russia) has pulled off yet another remarkable achievement from a team which has been in the international backwaters for so long - just as he's previously done with both Australia and especially with South Korea.
Tomorrow night is Spain vs Italy - and to be honest I don't really care who wins out of them (preferrably Spain I guess - but I don't particularly like either team). Then it's on to the semi's: Germany vs Turkey and Russia vs Spain or Italy.
A Russia vs Turkey Final anyone? Certainly be more interesting than a Germany vs Italy one for a change!