Euro 2012: 10 Things We Learned from the First Round of Group Matches

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Euro 2012: 10 Things We Learned from the First Round of Group Matches
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Euro 2012 begins its second cycle of group matches today. Each of the 16 teams have now played once and the first eight matches of the tournament have thrown up plenty to talk about.

On the opening day we saw co-hosts Poland draw 1-1 with Greece and a rampant Russia despatch the Czech Republic 4-1.

Attention then moved to Group B—the infamous "Group of Death"—that began with a surprise 1-0 victory for Denmark against the Netherlands, followed by a 1-0 defeat for Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal at the hands and feet of Germany.

On Sunday defending champions Spain played an entertaining 1-1 draw with Italy in Group C. The second game of the day saw the Republic of Ireland beaten 3-1 by Croatia.

Group D started with a 1-1 draw between England and the much-fancied French, and was followed by a rousing 2-1 victory for co-hosts Ukraine against Sweden.

Here are 10 things we learned from the opening round of matches.

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