An entertaining day saw Dick Advocaat's side cut from 20/1 to 12/1 in the outright market, while Robert Lewandowski got off to a good start in the quest to finish as top goalscorer
While it was not a complete surprise that Russia managed to record a win, the high paced, attacking style of football and - Kerzakhov aside - their incisive finishing, will have earned them many new admirers as they seek to improve on their semi-final appearance at Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.
A pre-game drift in price saw the Russians available at 6/4 (2.50) to win before kick-off, a price which had moved out from Evens as the day went on.
Many punters will be delighted with the extra value, having secured what proved to be an extremely generous price on a Russian side that looked a class above their opponents.
In the first game, Robert Lewandowski got off the mark with the opening goal against Greece but the Borussia Dortmund frontman will be disappointed he didn't make more of his opportunities to win the game. He is now a 14/1 (15.0) shot with Bet365 to win the Golden Boot.
Alan Dzagoev was the biggest mover of the day in the race to be top goalscorer following his double against Czech Republic. The Russian is now into 10/1 (11.0) for the top goalscorer prize with Bet365, that price will still attract a lot of interest with the distinct possibilities of his total increasing against Greece and Poland.
Both Greece and Poland will feel aggreived that they didn't register a win in the opening match. The co-hosts had the chances to ensure they begun their campaign with a win especially after Greece went down to 10 men but the visitors could - and arguably should - have been in front after being awarded a penalty in the second half at 1-1 but Giorgos Karagounis couldn't convert from the spot.
Poland are now Evens (2.0) to qualify for the knockout stages from Group A with Bet365 while Greece are 13/8 (2.63) to progress to the next round.
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