With all the pre-tournament hype, it would have been easy for the opening round of fixtures at Euro 2012 to turn out to be something of a damp squib. But, thankfully, it was anything but.
Poland hotshot Robert Lewandowski got the tournament underway in style as he scored the first goal of the finals in front of the jubilant home supporters, before Greece rallied in the second half to earn a share of the spoils.
Group A’s second fixture was perhaps the pick of the bunch so far, as Russia ran riot against Czech Republic to lay down the gauntlet to the rest of the continent with a thumping 4-1 win.
The first shock of the finals came in the form of Morten Olsen’s Denmark. Written off by many as the whipping boys of Group B, they stunned the Netherlands with a 1-0 victory in their opening match to top the group alongside pre-tournament favourites Germany.
Group C served up yet more fascinating action, as Spain’s ‘false no. 9’ formation was frustrated by De Rossi & Co., whilst Croatia proved they could be a real handful for Prandelli and Del Bosque’s men alike following their impressive dismantling of Republic of Ireland.
And Matchday One was rounded off in style. Firstly, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his competitive bow for England as the Three Lions held France to a 1-1 draw, before legendary striker Andriy Shevchenko rolled back the years with a double to put Ukraine top of Group D as they came from behind to beat Sweden 2-1.
Russia’s rout, Sheva’s dream double or a bite in the Netherlands behind from the great Danes – what was your favourite moment of Euro 2012 Matchday One? Have your say in our poll below!