EURO 2012: Russia v Czech Republic

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EURO 2012: Russia v Czech Republic

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Russia will try to bring an exciting, attacking style of play to their group A opener against the Czech Republic later on Friday.

A playing flair that saw them reach the semi-finals last time out but faded in their successful qualifying campaign for this edition of the championships.

Coach Dick Advocaat, who will step down as Russia boss following the Euros to take charge of PSV Eindhoven, was upbeat ahead of the opener at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw.

Advocaat said: “I think we did an excellent qualification and we have a very attractive way of playing, everybody likes to see that. Like probably all the other 15 countries we have a good feeling to start.”

The Czech Republic lost to Germany in the Euro 1996 final and reached the semi-finals in 2004, but since then have slipped down to 26th in the world rankings and will be eager to re-establish themselves as a force in European football.

Tomas Rosicky, who missed the final tune up game, has recovered from a muscle strain and should feature.

But 1994 golden boot winner Milan Baros remains a doubt due to a thigh strain leaving coach Michal Bilek with few experienced attacking options.