Russia 4 – 1 Czech Republic

Man of the Match: Alan Dzagoev. The golden boy of Russian football, who has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid, scored a brace to make his mark on the Euros. His constant movement in the final third of the pitch meant he was always open to receive or provide a pass and his finishing was clinical.

Russia verdict: The scoreline does not flatter Russia, who apart from a slight wobble when the Czechs pulled a goal back to make it 2-1, dominated the match in Wroclaw. Andrei Arshavin was pivotal for the Russians, linking particularly well with Zenit team-mate Dzagoev. However, they did needlessly allow the Czechs to pose a threat for brief periods in both halves, so complacency could be an issue.

Czech Republic verdict: Showed a lack of ideas going forward until too late. Vaclav Pilar sparkled occasionally with a well taken goal but seasoned performers such as Tomas Rosicky and Milan Baros looked old, rather than experienced. The lack of a cutting edge is particularly troublesome given that they can’t defend either.

Could do better: Alexander Kerzhakov. The Zenit St Petersburg striker was fed a host of chances by his team-mates, only to waste every single one. He becomes the first striker in European Championship history to have 7 shots off target in a single game. He was hauled off after 74 minutes. His replacement, Roman Pavlyuchenko, set up Alan Dzagoev then scored Russia’s fourth goal himself.

Stat attack: Russia’s Alan Dzagoev, 21, is the second youngest player to score a brace at the Euros. England striker Wayne Rooney did it when he was 18-years-old.

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