Russia has scored a 4-1 win against the Czech team in the second match of the Euro 2012 that kicked off on Friday. The group A match was held at Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw.
Russia’s Dzagoyev and Shirokov scored 2 goals in the first half. After the break, Pilar scored for the Czech team. However, two more goals by Dzagoyev and Pavlyuchenko sealed Russia’s victory.
In the opening match of the tournament, the standoff between Poland and Greece ended in a one-all draw.
Russia’s next game is Tuesday against Poland in Warsaw, while the Czechs face Greece.
00.28 Lafata (in) – Baroš (out) (Czech Republic)
00.27 Kokorin (in) – Dzagoev (out) (Russia).
00.24 Pavlyuchenko (Russia) scores! The substitute scores a beauty to put the game to bed for Russia. Cutting in from the left he teased Roman Hubník, turning the defender inside and out, before working on to his right foot and blasting into the net. A 21st goal for Russia.
00.21 Dzagoev (Russia) scores! The scorer of the opening goal restores Russia’s two-goal lead. The ball breaks to Roman Pavlyuchenko who plays through the 21-year-old who lashes an emphatic finish past Petr Čech from the edge of the area.
00.17 Petržela (in) – Jiráček (out) (Czech Republic).
00.15 Pavlyuchenko (in) – Kerzhakov (out) (Russia).
23.54 Pilař (Czech Republic) scores! The Czech Republic are back in it thanks to a lovely finish from the winger. Jaroslav Plašil is given too much space and cuts the defence in two with a perfect pass which Pilař collects and rounds Vyacheslav Malafeev before sliding into the net.
23.49 Hübschman (in) – Rezek (out) (Czech Republic)
First half finishes with Russia leading 2:0 against Czech Republic. After a quiet opening 15 minutes Russia really have dominated this first half, an the Czech Republic have not been able to deal with the fluid movement of Dick Advocaat’s side.
23.09 Shirokov (Russia) scores! A beautiful finish makes it two. Andrey Arshavin split the defence with a brilliant pass, weighted perfectly for Shirokov who dinked the ball delicately over Petr Čech for his seventh international goal.
23.00 Dzagoev (Russia) scores! A brilliant cross from Konstantin Zyryanov finds Aleksandr Kerzhakov at the back post. The forward’s header rebounds off Petr Čech’s post and falls perfectly for the PFC CSKA Moskva man who drills low and powerfully into the net from inside the area.
22.45 Second game of Euro 2012, featuring Russia and Czech Republic has begun.
Russian Football team lineup: Malafeev, Anyukov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Berezutski, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov SUBS: Akinfeev, Shunin, Sharonov, Granat, Nababkin, Izmailov, Kombarov, Kokorin, Glushakov, Semshov, Pavlyuchenko, Pogrebnyak.
Czech Football team lineup: Čech, Gebre Selassie, Kadlec, Hubník, Sivok, Rezek, Rosický, Plašil, Pilař, Jiráček, Baroš SUBS: Laštuvka, Drobný, Suchý, Limberský, Rajtoral, Petržela, Hübschman, Kolář, Darida, Necid, Pekhart, Lafata.
The pre-match show started, and the rain has come to a timely halt as a large number of blue and red-clad dancers take to the pitch. The crowd certainly seem to like what they’re seeing as warm applause breaks out.