Euro 2012: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic – Rampant Reds Back In The Euro Zone (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

8th, June 2012

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By Alan Duffy

In a flowing, potent performance remiscent of Euro 2008, Russia outplayed a disappointing Czech Republic side in the second game of Group A.

CSKA Moscow’s gifted young playmaker Alan Dzagoev bagged a brace (one in each half) while Roman Shirokov also scored before sub Roman Pavluchenko netted a superb solo goal late on for a rampant Russian side.

The Czech Republic were torn apart time and again, with Andrei Arshavin in superb form for the Russians. Indeed, only for some abysmal finishing from striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Dick Advocaat’s side could have won by an even greater margin.

Winger Vaclav Pilar did nab a consolation goal for the Czech side, but captain Tomas Rosicky and co. will need to up their game if they are to make it to the knock-out stages. As for Russia, they could be the surprise side of Euro 2012, just as they were four years ago.

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  1. Dr. Roberts says:

    They looked good, assured in possession and their passing in particular was crisp (just like Engla…oh). Dzagoev , Shirokov and Arshavin looked brilliant; the latter’s loan move to Russia seems to have done him a world of good. However, when the Czech’s made it 2-1, there was a period in which a better team would have equalised and sent it the other way. If they can keep their heads together, tighten up at the back and close down the space they left wuicker, then they could well surprise a few teams (not to mention punters).

  2. futballsznob says:

    Loved it when Dzagoev made two Czechs to do the sommersault:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpa_y-wwX8M

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