England arrived on the scene in Ukraine and immediately confounded expectations.
A small travelling support watched an organised and disciplined team gain a positive result, then had a wholesome night in Donetsk with no drama to speak of.
Meanwhile, in Kiev, Andriy Shevchenko was re-affirming his cast-iron legend status with a winning double for Ukraine over Sweden.
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Patrice Evra had trouble counting as he tried to dash down the wing and best those pesky English players.
Will Vicente Del Bosque stay faithful to the 4-6-0 formation or will the £50m man Fernando Torres get his say? Ireland manager Trapattoni….doesn’t know.
The 35-year-old relived his glory days with a stunning headed double against Sweden, sparking scenes of jubilation across the Olympic Stadium, and the rest of Ukraine.
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Red-hot Nikica Jelavic harks back to his Ibrox days as he charts his progress from Croatia squad man to number one goal-getter. (The Sun)
Former Aberdeen goalkeeper David Preece, blogging exclusively for STV during Euro 2012, is quietly satisfied with a very un-England-like performance.
Of course, Scotland welcomed the visionary “no strikers” system under Craig Levein with open arms. Will the Spanish football public do likewise? (FourFourTwo)
Fans react to the draw between England and France outside the stadium in Dontesk. (Goal.com)
In this section
- Farewell to the red and white as Slaven Bilic and Croatia make way
- Croatia 0-1 Spain: Bilic's Croats denied as Jesus Navas saves La Roja
- Croatian fans accused of racially abusing Italy striker Mario Balotelli
- Croatia in touching distance of quarter-final after attacking switch
- STV Sports Daily at the Euros: Spain supreme, Pirlo's perfect set piece
- Italy to rest up to prevent performance dips after letting leads slip
- Euro 2012 Talk: Bilic blames ref, Ireland's lament, a malevolent boot
- Italy 1-1 Croatia: Mario Mandzukic leveller denies Azzurri
- Croatian midfield is the key to progress from Group C
- Rep of Ireland 1-3 Croatia: Mario Mandzukic stars as Ireland disappoint