Group Elimination A: Friday, 8 June 2012 - Warsaw - Municipal Stadium
Opening day has the second of 2 matches being played on June 8th. Russia will be paired up against the Czech Republic.
Russia is just coming off of 7 wins out of 10 games from their qualifying group with their only loss at home to Slovakia. Team Russia played with a very competitive group which included Ireland and World Cup entry Slovakia. In the qualifying side Russia has only conceded a mere 4 goals and only 6 clean sheets in their last 7 matches. Russia has a very strong attack with mid fielder and captain Arsharvin and striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov along side with a great supporting cast in trio mid fielders Denisov , Zryanov and Shirokov.
Czech Republic enters the tournament with a playoff win over Montenegro without having conceded a goal. Czech’s come in having to qualify in a group which included powerhouse Spain and Scotland. Team Czech also boast big name player in goalie Petr Cech,whose Chelsea team just won the Champions League also leading the way is “Little Mozart” Rosicky who is known to be the orchestrator and is said to have the best uncanny vision on the playing field. Also we have to mention striker Milan Baros who rounds out this core of this veteran Czech team.
One big concern about Czech Republic is that they do not score goals. Only having 12 goals in their last qualifying 10 games. Mid fielder Baros does not possess the scoring punch he once had only having 8 goals in his last 28 starts with his Galatasary club this season. Their left back lead them in the qualifying games with 4 goals (not a good sign).
Prediction: Russia wins 2-0
As good as goalie Cech is and their decent back 4 .I just can’t see them keeping up and withstanding Russia’s attack. Also, a huge concern is that the Czech team does not score goals. I see this being close in the 1st half but, in the second half I see Russia pulling away with this one winning Russia should easily be able to make it out of this Group A.
Opening day for the Euro 2012 was not a disappointment especially from Group A Russia vs Czech Republic. Russia came is an right away made a statement in this game showing why they are the dominate force that they are. Russia looked flat out good they came with an impressive attack against a shoddy defense by the Czechs. They passed the ball with efficiency and looked to always attack on the break . Their movement came from young superstar Andrei Arshavin and Alan Dzafoev who were just too much for the Czech Republic to handle. This has been an awesome start to begin the Euro 2012. Here are some play developments from the game:
HALF-TIME: Russia 2, Czech Republic 0
2129: A header from mid-fielder Vaclav Pilar brought the first real save of note from Russia's goal keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev. The Russians won a free kick inside the Czech Republic half, as Plasil brought down Kerzhakov, The Czechs tried to keep the possession inside Russia's half as much as possible. The Czechs tried to battle their way back into the match, but Russia's defense looked a bit stronger than it did from the beginning of the match.
2119: Russians caused a lot of havoc with their movement going forward. The ball was pulled back from the left when Kerzhakov who hit the target, but instead blazed high and wide. That said, they look a little edgy on defense. The was a good penalty shout for Russia, Andrei Arshavin took a fall after a knock from Plasil.
2110: it started looking really ugly for the Czech’s Having been up against it, Russia looked like they were going to score and attack while Andrei Arshavin played stellar passing the ball into the path of Roman Shirokov.
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