Euro 2012: Team of Day 1

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Euro 2012: Team of Day 1
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So the opening day of Euro 2012 is done and dusted—a day of thrilling excitement, but also crushing disappointment.

While the hopes of the Polish nation were not the highest coming into this competition, they would have still fancied their chances against an industrious Greek side lacking in overall talent. 

Current talisman Robert Lewandowski handed the Poles a dream start, but following some distinctly uncharacteristic blunders from the usually reliable goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, the Greeks endeavoured to ruin Poland's party, as substitute Dimitris Salpigidis came on to score a dramatic equaliser. 

The result favours neither team and leaves both their fates precariously in the balance.

Group A favourites Russia, on the other hand, had the perfect start, cementing their place as many pundits' dark horses.

A devastating display of quick and sharp counter-attacking football helped the Russians to a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic, with young and mercurial talent Alan Dzagoev, the competition's current top goal scorer, netting two goals.

However, what of the other players' performances?

In this slideshow, I will pick a team of the opening day.

Though obviously based around the impressive Russian side, there were some other impressive performances from certain individuals, with many positions a close call in this team's 4-4-2 formation.

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