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Friday, June 08, 2012

EURO 2012 : Russia destroy Czech Rep, while Poland draw with Greece.

Russia produced a powerful performance as two goals by Alan Dzagoev helped dismantle Czech Republic 4-1 in their opening Euro 2012 game.

Dzagoev gave Dick Advocaat's side the lead with a shot after Aleksandr Kerzhakov headed against the post. Roman Shirokov made it 2-0 before halftime with a chip following good work by Andrey Arshavin.

Vaclav Pilar reduced the deficit after the break before two quality goals by Dzagoev and substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko completed the win.

Russia 4 (Dzagoev 15,79, Shirokov 24, Pavlychenko 82)
Czech Rep 1 (Pilar 52)

Poland and Greece both had a man sent off as an eventful opening match of Euro 2012 ended in a 1-1 draw.

Robert Lewandowski headed Poland into a 17th minute lead before Greece had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off before the break.

Dimitris Salpingidis fired in the equaliser for Greece after the restart before he was brought down by keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who was shown a straight red.

But Giorgos Karagounis's penalty was saved by substitute keeper Przemyslaw Tyton - and neither side could find a winner in the last 20 minutes.

Poland 1 (Lewandowski 17)
Greece 1 (Salpingidis 51)

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