Great Celebrations in Russia - National team beats Netherlands in Euro-2008

On the evening of the quarterfinals of the European Championship, I was providing a "Moscow By Night" tour for my current clients, four ladies from Seattle in the USA. We started our tour right before the game at 10:30 p.m. local time. Of course, I wanted to hear this game and asked my clients if they wouldn't mind if I turned the radio to a very low volume to be able to hear if the Russian team would win the match in Basel. After our team beat Sweden on June 18th and went into the quarterfinals of Euro-2008, it was already an historical event of the last twenty years. This would be difficult because the Dutch team was the favorite to win.

Roman Pavlyuchenko's goal at the 56th minute of the game gave hope to the millions of Russions who watched the game this night that we would have a chance to win. I remember screaming after the goal, "Wow, goal, unbelievable!!" My clients were in the same festive mood, too. As my clients and I toured the most famous sights of Moscow at the night and I told them the historical facts for each sight, I was becoming more and more curious about the outcome of this game! There were still several minutes remaining until the end of the game and it seemed that we almost won, but then the Dutch player, Ruud van Nistelrooy, scored the tying goal in the 86th minute.

Then while there was 30 minutes overtime in the game, we almost finished the night tour and proceeded to visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. After seeing the panorama of Moscow Kremlin from the Patriarchy Bridge, we were returning back to the car when we heard the excited screams of the young people by the river. On the car radio we heard that at the 112th minute, Torbinski and then Arhavin made our hopes and beliefs come true --- Russia won 3:1. At the end of the game when we were almost finished with the night tour near St. Basil's Cathedral, we saw thousands and thousands of people coming into downtown Moscow to greet and celebrate with cheers of "Victory!!!".

Many people came out onto Tverskaya Street on this night with our national flag of Russia. It seemed as if the entire town was outside celebrating! Horns were honking everywhere from Kaliningrad to the far east of Vladivostok. It was the most exciting evening ever for our nation and now we are hoping to win the semifinals against Spain on Thursday, June 26th in Vienna. ROSSIJA VPERED!!! (Eng: RUSSIA GO AHEAD!!!).

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Arthur Lookyanov

My name's Arthur Lookyanov, I'm a private tour guide, personal driver and photographer in Moscow, Russia. I work in my business and run my website Moscow-Driver.com from 2002. Read more about me and my services, check out testimonials of my former business and travel clients from all over the World, hit me up on Twitter or other social websites. I hope that you will like my photos as well.

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