Euro 2012 delivered on opening night with two terrific matches and now it’s down to Holland, Denmark, Germany and Portugal to live up to their billing.
Bert van Marwijk says he doesn’t expect any surprises from the Danes, but surprises tend to be unexpected.
Robert Lewandowski, scorer of the tournament’s opening goal, has been linked with Manchester United by his coach but opted not to go down the Paul Ince route of wearing the shirt before he has signed, instead talking down the rumours.
After it was made clear that, for football reasons, he is behind not only Martin Kelly but Danny Kelly, Matthew Kelly and Kelly Brook in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts, Rio Ferdinand has admitted that his England career “may be over”.
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Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: Arshavin and Dzagoev dazzle Dick Advocaat’s side laid down a marker with a confident dismantling of sub-standard Czech Republic.
Poland 1-1 Greece: Hosts avoid paying penalty The tournament opener had goals, red cards and drama fit for the occasion.
Lewandowski quiet on Manchester United talk The Borussia Dortmund star is expected to be on the move after the Euros, but will Old Trafford be his destination? (ESPN)
Lahm looking to curb Ronaldo threat
The Germany full-back acknowledged Portugal’s key man but believes he can be kept at bay. (Sporting Life)
Van Marwijk expecting similar Danes
The Holland coach has faced Morten Olsen’s team in competition before and says there will be a familiarity about their Group B clash. (FIFA)
How Sweden solved the conundrum that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Andy Hudson explains how a maverick talent has been welded to a team ethos.
Portugal’s tournament depends on their other Real Madrid star
Pepe the Destroyer is as important to Paulo Bento’s team as creative talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, argues Kieran Canning.
Holland to paint Euro 2012 orange Ian Ridley says the Dutch can light up this summer’s tournament. (Sport360)
Holland v Denmark: 5 Key Tactical Battles the Danes Need to Win Can the underdogs triumph? Bleacher Report looks at how Morten Olsen may set out his team.
Young, talented Germany must guard against mental fatigue
Kevin McCarra says expectations are high despite a tough group. (The Guardian)
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