Russian fans cheer great start to Euro 2012

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Russian fans cheer great start to Euro 2012

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Russian fans have been celebrating after their team beat the Czech Republic 4-1 on day one of the Euro 2012 finals.

Now they are hoping to go all the way. “It’s perfect. A fantastic match. I think the Czech Republic has no chance. Russia will be in the final,” said one on leaving the stadium after the game.

In last night’s other match, both teams finished with 10 men as Greece held co-hosts Poland to a draw in Warsaw.

Tonight the attention shifts to Ukraine, the other co-host. Organisers are keen to get the focus back on football after days of a political freedom row with Western leaders dominating headlines.

The programme for the evening sees big guns Germany take on Portugal in Lviv. Portugal has not won a match since November. And the Netherlands, another strong contender and World Cup runners up two years ago, are the favourites in their match fixture against Denmark.