FT: Russia 4 Czech Republic 1

Perfect start for Russia who had too much firepower for the Czechs. Their self belief grew as the game progressed and even when the Czechs pulled one back, Russia upped their game and were able to kill them off impressively.

We will have a minimum of two minutes added time and Russia are content to knock the ball around knowing they have made a flying start to Euro 2012.

Gebre Selassie tries a shot from the edge of the box but it is charged down.

Petrzela gets in a cross but it's too deep fior any white shirt to get on the end of.

Kokorin has the chance to cross but instead opts to turn back and then wins a throw as the clock runs down.

Rosicky lines up a free-kick but fires over and the Russian fans have started their celebrations.

The Czech's final change sees Baros replaced by Lafata.

Dzagoev is replaced by Kokorin.

Rosicky tries to pull one back with a shot from the edge of the box that is saved by Malafeev.

Well that definitely is game over now - stunning striker from the former Tottenham frontman.

GOAL! Pavlyuchenko twists and turns inside the Czech box before smashing the ball past Cech.

To their credit, they are pushing forward but Russia are resolute in defence.

The Czechs try to respond but Rosicky is caught offside and surely it's too muc to pull back now.

well that should be game, set and match to Russia who have been the better side it has to be said.

GOAL! Pavlyuchenko has an immediate impact as his clever pass picks out Dzagoev and he rifles the ball home from just inside the box.

Arshavin takes a Russian corner which is put behind by Hubnik. This one is played short and Arshavin's cross is headed clear.

So still everything to play for here in Wroclaw in what has been a very enjoyable encounter.

The Czechs make another change with Jiracek replaced by Petrzela.

Rosicky's fierce shot from 25 yards is parried by Russia keeper Malafeev who is fortunate the ball bounces straight up and he pounces on it.

Russia make their first change with Kerzhakov replaced by another familiar face in Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Plasil plays a crossfield ball to the unmarked Gebre Selassie whose dipping volley goes just wide. It would have been a rival for Marco van Basten's stunning effort in Euro 88 had it gone in.

I'll say it again - will Russia end up regretting all these missed opportunities?

Another chance for Kerzhakov who jinks past Kadlec but fires wide by the edge of the box.

Arshavin tries to busrt into the box but is bundled off the ball by two defenders and referee Webb is happy for play to carry on.

Russia are looking solid at the back and hugely dangerous on the break.

Kerzhakov breaks for Russia and beats Hubnik on the outside but again his finishing is wayward.

Good spell by Russia who look as though they have decided that they do need another goal to finish off the spirited Czechs.

Shirokov gets feree down the left on the overlap and puts over a hanging cross that Sivok heads clear just in time.

Brilliant pass by Arshavin with the outside of his foot releases Kerzhakov in the box but he drags his shot wide from 15 yards.

Play is opening up now and I'm confident we'll see at least one more goal.

Space opens up for Zyryanov and he shoots from 20 yards but it's over.

Gebre Selassie and Zhirkov collide in the Russian and are perhaps fortunate to escape injury.

Kerzhakov plays a 30 yard pass to Arshavin who looks to shoot but Hubnik gets in a touch to take the ball off him.

Rosicky plays a neat one-two with Pilar and then tries to pick out the run of Baros, but Zhirkov gets in a vital block.

Arshavin is caught offside as Russia attempt to get back on the front foot after being under some intense pressure since the break.

Cech then does superbly to stop the ball gouing out for a corner after a wayward back pass from Hubnik.

Shirokov lets fly from 25 yards but Cech watches it fly harmlessly wide.

Plasil's kick is met by Gebre Selassie but he is unable to direct his header on target.

Rosicky powers to the byline but his cross is blocked for a corner.

Game on now! It shows that if the Czechs are prepared to commit men forward then they can hurt this Russian side.

GOAL! Brilliant through ball by Plasil picks out the run of Pilar who sidesteps the advnacing keeper and rolls the ball into an unguarded net.

Kerzhakov then has space down the Russian right and elects to shoot from 20 yards but it's well wide.

Arshavin breaks again and plays the ball into Kerzhakov who tries to spin past two challenges but Cech comes off his line to gather.

The Czechs are knocking the ball around - but it's all in their own half which is not what is required if they are to get back into this game.

Arshavin manages to get in a low cross and once again it flashes across the face of the Czech goal with no red shirt on hand to get a touch.

The Czechs get us back under way and have made a change with Hubschman replacing Jan Rezek.

Two minutes of added time before the half-time whistle is blown by Mr Webb and the Russians will be delighted as they leave the field two goals to the good.

Space opens up for Jiracek and he accepts the chance to shoot from 25 yards, but he fires wide.

Slightly better from the Czechs as they got more bodies into the box, but it was an easy save.

Pilar gets on the end of a deep cross by Rosicky but can only head the ball into the arms of keeper Malafeev.

Baros is again in the thick of things but loses out to Aniukov - he appears to be lacking support.

The Czechs are having a decent spell of possession once more, but are lacking a threat in the final third.

A Mexican wave has started in the stadium ... I have to say I'm not a big fan.

Baros is spoken to by the referee after yet another foul and the Czech striker must be close to a booking.

Kadlec is put under pressure by Dzagoev and Cech has an awkward backpass to deal with but manages to control it and clear his lines.

I have to say I've been impressed with Arshavin so far. He's created plenty and his workrate has been spot on.

Keeper Malafeev almost has a clearance charged down by Baros but gets away with it.

Both sides are still giving away possession cheaply in midfield.

Pilar gets to get the by-line and get in a cross but the ball goes out for a Russia goalkick.

I'm starting to wonder how costly these Russian misses might turn out to be ... it could easily be 3-0 or even 4-0 at this stage.

Kerzakov blazes over from 15 yards as he got on the end of a Denisov cross after a swift Russian counter.

For all the possession they've had, the Czechs have created few chances.

Baros then goes down after a challenge from Aniukov as he tries to burst into the box but nothing is given.

Arshavin is back helping out his defence but gives the ball to Pilar whose cross is too high for Baros.

Russia are playing with great confidence now as you would expect ... it's amazing what a goal can do - two is even better!!

Zyryanov can't get on the end of a low Arshavin cross that goes right across the face if the Czech goal.

Mr Webb earns some jeers for halting a Czech attack and bringing play back for a free kick.

The Czechs must be feeling shellshocked but only have themselves to blame for this goal.

GOAL! Plasil gives the ball away in midfield and Arshavin seizes on it and plays a defence splitting ball for Shirokov who dinks the ball over the advancing Cech.

The Czechs have responded well to going behind and we have a good game on our hands in Wroclaw.

The Czechs force a corner and Plasil's kick is met by Rezek meets it six-yards out but his header is straight at keeper Malafeev who gathers.

Huge let-off for the Czechs - more composure would surely have seen them two goals behind and facing a mountain to climb.

Russia counter and Kerzhakov plays in scorer Dzagoev in acres of space, but the 21-year-old blazes wide with just Cech to beat.

He carries on after some treatment and the Czechs set about getting back on level terms.

Short break in play with Kadlec down.

The Czechs look to respond but Baros is caught offside.

Russia ahead but you have to say it came against the run of play after a bright start by the Czechs.

GOAL! Zyryanov's cross is headed against the post by Kerzhakov but the ball comes back out for Dzagoev to drive the ball low into the corner from 15 yards.

Arshavin plays in Zhirkov who pulls the ball back for Kerzakov whose effort goes just inches wide.

Arshavin's cross comes off Gebre Selassie for a corner. Arshavin takes it but the Czechs manage to clear.

Rosicky tries his luck from 30 yards but he scuffs his shot and it goes harmlessly wide.

Good noise inside the stadium and I can see one or two Scottish flags as well as some England ones.

Gebre Salassie delivers a decent cross into the Russia box, but Zhirkov heads clear at the near post.

A lively start with the Czechs doing the bulk of the pressing after being pegged back early on.

Plasil tries to play in former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Milan Baros, but he fouls Zhirkov as he battles for the ball and Russia have a free kick.

A Czech free-kick by Plasil is met by Hubnik, but his header goes over.

Rosicky takes this corner and keeper Malafeev powerfully punches it away.

Plasil takes the first corner of the game for the Czechs and Aniukov rather awkwardly puts it behind for another one and there are half-hearted penalty appeals.

Ignasshevich plays a purposeful ball up to the edge of the Czech box, but Kerzhakov is flagged offside.

Russia get the ball into the box but Sivok is on hand to boot the ball clear for the Czechs.

The stadium appaars to be fairly full as Russia get us underway playing in an all-red kit with the Czechs all in white and within seconds Kerzhakov is fouled.

The national anthems are being played and Premier League referee Howard Webb is a familiar face along with the likes of Petr Cech, Andrey Arshavin and Tomas Rosicky.

The teams are in and are as follows - Russia: Malafeev, Aniukov, Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin. Subs: Akinfeev, Sharonov, Izmailov, Pavlyuchenko, Kombarov, Kokorin, Granat, Pogrebnyak, Nababkin, Glushakov, Semshov, Shunin. Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Hubnik, Sivok, Kadlec, Plasil, Jiracek, Pilar, Rosicky, Rezek, Baros. Subs: Lastuvka, Suchy, Necid, Limbersky, Petrzela, Rajtoral, Hubschman, Kolar, Pekhart, Lafata, Darida, Drobny. Referee: Howard Webb (England)

Russia are 14 matches unbeaten, winning seven and drawing seven since a 1-0 friendly defeat by Iran In February 2011, while they have conceded just twice in their last 11 games. With this in mind, our colleagues at Sky Bet make them 7/5 favourites to win the game, with both the Czechs and the draw on offer at 21/10.

Good evening and welcome to our coverage of tonight's Euro 2012 Group A clash between Russia and the Czech Republic in the Polish city of Wroclaw. We've had a spectacular opening ceremony in Warsaw and a thrilling opening game that saw co-hosts Poland held 1-1 by Greece. Hopefully tonight's game will be just as action-packed! Send your thoughts to simon.crawford@bskyb.com and I'll publish the best ones.


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