Player of the day- Mesut Ozil

Germany must now be the favourites to win the European Championships as they just keep getting better and better as the tournament continues.

The Germans were far too strong for the Greece who were very negative themselves and in the first half is showed as they struggled to get into their opponents half. Germany had all of the ball and created numerous chances and should have been well ahead before halftime however they had to wait for their left back Philipp Lahm to score from outside the box, at first glance I thought the keeper should have done better however it did swerve and was hit incredibly well. The second half started exactly like the first but surprisingly Greece grabbed an equaliser from a counter attack through Georgios Samaras who slid in and there was a feeling they could go onto win the game. Goals from Sami Khedira who was fantastic on the day, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus in the space of 15 minutes ended the contest and sent the Greeks home. There was still enough time for Dimitris Slapigidis to grab his second of the tournament from the penalty spot after Jerome Boateng handled in the box. So, Germany are looking impressive and what makes it even more remarkable is that they changed their front three for this game and started Andre Schurrle, Marco Reus and Miroslav Klose instead of Lukas Podolski, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez. It just shows they have so much strength in depth and have enough quality to win the whole thing, their attacking talent is amazing and I always look forward to watch them.

Man of the match- Mesut Ozil- For me it doesn’t matter who plays for Germany as the front three, if this man is behind them then they will get chances and should be able to score goals. He was sublime in this game and the only thing that was missing from his performance was a goal, he created chances and always wanted the ball. Even when he gives a bad pass it doesn’t damage his confidence and it does not stop him from trying a difficult through ball the next time he gets. This is a very good attribute as a lot of other players go hiding and just play a simple pass.

The playmaker has been at Real Madrid since 2010

Players of the day- Dimitris Salpigidis and Andrei Arshavin

Euro 2012 kicked off with two very entertaining games as co-hosts Poland drew against Greece and Russia destroyed Czech Republic.

The quality in the first game may not have been the greatest but there was certainly enough to suggest that this could be one of the best competitions in recent years. Poland took the lead through their main striker Robert Lewandowski after Kostas Chalkias’ couldn’t reach a superb cross from the right. Poland looked in control and they should have been comfortably in front and the home support must have thought it was game over when Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent off for two very harsh bookings. But the second half didn’t quite go to plan with Dimitris Salpigidis scoring an equaliser after yet another error but this time from the Poland keeper, Wojciech Szczesny. The game went from bad to worse for the Arsenal goalkeeper as he conceded a penalty and was sent off. Fortunately for him substitute keeper Prezemyslaw Tyton saved the spot kick and kept the Polish on level terms. There was still enough time for a disallowed goal and a good chance for Georgios Samaras but 1-1 it finished.

Man of the match- Dimitris Salpigidis- The Greece substitute changed the game when he came on at halftime and whatever the manager said to him clearly worked. The team in the first half looked old and lacked creativity to break down the Poland defence but Salpigidis came on and added new energy to the side and was rewarded with a simple goal. He then broke the offside trap and got to the ball before Szczesny who took him down and gave away a penalty. Just before the end he thought he had won the game but unfortunately the player that crossed him the ball was offside. He deserves to start the next game and he provides a goal scoring threat which their original starting 11 didn’t.

Salpigidis has now scored eight international goals

Onto the next game and Russia showed why they are one of the teams to watch in this tournament with some fantastic counter attacking football. With goals from Alan Dzagoev, Roman Shirokov and Roman Pavlyuchenko, the Russian team look like they could be an outsider to win the whole trophy. Going forward at times they cut the Czechs open at will and if Aleksandr Kerzhakov had his shooting boots on it could have been an even more convincing score line. Vaclac Pilar managed to grab a goal for Czech Republic and even though they were badly beaten they will take encouragement from the game and will believe they can beat both Greece and Poland.

Man of the match- Andrei Arshavin- The winger was in very good form and he just seems to love the European Championships. He impressed in the 2008 tournament and he looks like he is going to be one of the best players in this tournament too. It makes you wonder why he couldn’t produce this form for Arsenal. His passing was spot on and he was not scared to try an ambitious ball. The captain showed all his talent and his only disappointment will be that he couldn’t get himself on the score sheet.

Arshavin spent the second half of last season on loan at Zenit St Petersburg