Russian revolution no shock for Villa

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Spain forward David Villa claims he is not surprised by Russia´s successful run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008 despite his team´s 4-1 triumph over them in their opening group encounter.

Russia bounced back from that setback to reach the quarter-finals where they beat Holland 3-1 in extra time and now face Spain in Thursday´s encounter at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna with a place in the final up for grabs.

Villa, the top scorer in the tournament with four goals, said: "Our opening game wasn´t that easy despite our 4-1 triumph."

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