So tournament favourites Spain were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by a determined Italian side.
Let’s have an in-depth look at how this tense group C clash unfolded at the PGE Arena in Gdansk.
La Squadra Azzurra took the lead on 61 minutes through substitute Antonio Di Natale. The Udinese forward lifted the ball over goalkeeper Iker Casillas after Andrea Pirlo had picked him out with one of his trademark through balls.
Despite David Villa’s absence, Spain still managed to get back into the game courtesy of a superb finish from former Gunner Cesc Fabregas.
The 25 year old, who was pushed into an advanced role, outsmarted defender Emanuele Giaccherini and latched on to a pinpoint pass from Manchester City’s David Silva to slot the ball past Gianluigi Buffon.
Spain next lock horns with the Republic of Ireland in Gdansk, while Italy meet Croatia in Poznan.