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Russia vs Czech Republic, Euro 2012: Open Thread

Russia vs Czech Republic: 2:45pm ET kick-off
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The second match of Euro 2012 kicks off with Russia playing against Czech Republic, in the second match of Group A. After an eventful Group A match between Poland and Greece, both Russia and Czech Republic will be hoping to get crucial points to increase the chances of going through to the next round.

Here are the starting teams:

Russia: Malafeev; Anyukov, Berezutskiy, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Shirikov, Denisov, Zyryanov; Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Arshavin

Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Hubnik, Kadlec; Plasil, Jiracek; Rezek, Rosicky, Pilar; Baros

Before, during and after today’s match, post your questions, observations, rants and raves in the comments section below.

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  1. gillyrosh

    June 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Lovely goal by Pavlyuchenko.

  2. Taimur

    June 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Can I say something that’s not related to the game? It amazes me how Dirk Kuyt managed to get into the Netherlands national team? He only scored about one goal in every four league appearances for Liverpool and he wasn’t that good of a finisher either. It amazed me seeing him on the pitch for the World Cup final. Forget him, how did Lucas Leiva manage to get even one cap for Brazil? And are you sure Sandro Ranieri of Spurs is Brazilian? His reckless tackling and awful passing, as evidenced recently against Sunderland, make me believe otherwise.

    It’s amazing how rubbish players manage to get into their national teams. What is it about them that makes their national team coaches pick them time and time again? When they haven’t made any improvements technically at the club level and are more likely to be journeymen in their club careers then actually part of the team? Look at Bilyaletdinov. He wanted playing time at Everton so he could play for his national team, but he’s so sh*t that David Moyes had to get rid off him and send him back to his communist homeland. He didn’t even start for his team.

  3. raok

    June 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Hey gaffer, why don’t you open an instant chat window instead of posts like this, it will be more fun and definitely more people will join. Just saying….

  4. Matt

    June 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Czechs were too open and their paid for it, Russia played well, everytime they went forward they looked like scoring

    I didn’t mind Keller today on PBP, I thought he and Rae did well together. I thought Ballack wasn’t good in the studio though, seemed nervous

  5. Andrei

    June 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Chechs allowed Russia to play their game and paid for that the same way Netherlands did in 08. I don’t think next two games will as easy for Russians though and Poland is always ‘specially motivated’ when playing Russia. But you cannot deny they Russian team looked good. They have plenty of quality players and are well managed.

  6. Stephen

    June 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Russia looks dangerous Put a Russian shirt on Arshavin and he’s attacking dynamite. Enjoyed watching those balls flying into Cech’s net. Bad day for keepers that play for big London clubs.

  7. Michael

    June 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Russia allowed the Czechs to get back into the game which is concerning going forward but no one can deny that their ball movement, link-up play, and scoring is filled with class. As expected, Russia look to be the powerhouse of this group and look set to go up against whoever finishes 2nd in Group B which could be either a Netherlands rematch from 08 or a battle with Portugal.

    I also must say that Arshavin and Pavulychenko look very content playing away from England and back in their home country. Arshavin was turning back the clock to 08 with some of those dribbling moves and clinical passes.

  8. AZ_Saint

    June 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    And this group was supposed to be dull! 2 top games already, makes you hope UEFA don’t stick with the switch to 24 nations for Euro 2016…

  9. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, pav twisting up a D lol, That defending was just terrible, such a shame for the Czechs, great win for the big bear nation!

  10. Cody

    June 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Oh my…..Pav’s goal….

  11. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    How many days before we see rumors dzagoev going to Chelsea or Man city? Start ur clocks…

    • Andrei

      June 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Tell me again why Harry didn’t like Pavluchenko?

      • Dust

        June 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        LoL because he was lazy, he had his chances, that d is terrible

        • Andrei

          June 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          Neither Pavluchenko nor Arshavin look particularly lazy in this game. Maybe it is a matter of competent manager?

          • Dust

            June 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

            Sure it’s wenger and redknapp not the joke that was the cech defense. It’s the opening game, lots of football left, Russia could loose the next 2 and go out… You never know.

      • Dust

        June 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        Cech had a great game, see how good he is without 11 defenders.

  12. Cody

    June 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Kerzhakov needs to be subbed. Russian attackers are looking tired and winded.

  13. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Russian number 11 is off to the gulag for those misses

  14. Alex Wolcott

    June 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Looking very good so far! Last time Russia kicked around the Czechs this badly it was 1968 and there were a couple of tank divisions involved!

  15. Cody

    June 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Lots of swiss cheese defense by the czechs.
    Looks like a 3 man back line.

  16. raok

    June 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Fantastic stuff, Russia 2 up. Shirokov scores the 2nd

  17. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Czech left back should have been left back in the hotel, ouch 2 goals at his expense

  18. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Good counter attack goal for Russia, Czech’s need to play their passing game, they should get back in this game by half time as long as their left back remembers to defend.

  19. raok

    June 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Huge miss by Dzagoev, good start by the Russians, Czech need to wake up now…

  20. AZ_Saint

    June 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Derek Rae is alright but Harkes is truly appalling. A dreadful decision by ESPN to hire him.

    • Cody

      June 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm


      • AZ_Saint

        June 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        I guess it’s Kasey Keller then. Same difference really.

    • The Gaffer

      June 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      It’s Kasey Keller, not John Harkes. And Keller is doing a fine job, in my opinion. What did Keller say that makes him appalling?

      The Gaffer

      • AZ_Saint

        June 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        He was dribbling utter nonsense for the first 10 minutes. To be fair he has gotten better as the game has gone on.

  21. raok

    June 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Cool finish by Dzagoev

  22. Michael

    June 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Fantastic goal. Russians turned it on from the run of play and glad to see it was Dzagoev with the goal.
    Also amazing to see someone smuggled a flair into the stadium with all of the security.

  23. Pete

    June 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm


  24. Pete

    June 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    You’ve got to cheer for Russia with a National Anthem that good

  25. raok

    June 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Here’s a stat…
    Russia have never won the opening game in the euros till now.

  26. Pete

    June 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Come on Russia

  27. Dust

    June 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    C’mon Czech Republic! Finally a real Referee!

  28. Kobe

    June 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Keller and Davide rae? Wht happened to Tyler and Andy gray and the other exclusive ppl espn used to get? someone inform me

  29. Michael

    June 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    It looks like the rain is going to influence this match. This may level the playing field for the Czechs.

    I’m also very excited to see Alan Dzagoev today. I’ve read a lot about the promise he shows.

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