9th June, 2012, Wroclaw (Poland): On Friday, on the opening day of the Euro 2012, Russia thrashed Czech Republic 4 – 1 in their Group – A match in Wroclaw. Alan Dzagoyev hit the net twice but Russian captain Andrei Arshavin snatched many of the acclamation for weaving several brilliant passes that gave nightmares to Czech defenders.
After this magnificent performance by Russia, many pundits have started to believe that the odds for Russia have slashed on winning the Euro 2012, but still it is a long way for them as they will probably face Germany, Netherlands or Portugal.
After the game, Advocaat, who was really happy with the way they began the Euro championship, told that Czech left some spaces that made them dangerous. The Russia coach also praised Andrei Arshavin as he worked very hard in the field.
When questioned about the chances to lift the trophy, he answered that it is important that they won first game, and they are just concentrating on the rest of the group matches with Poland and Greece.
In the opening match of Euro 2012, Greece and Poland drew 1 – 1 in Warsaw.