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    Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic


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    Substitute Vaclav Sverkos' goal was all the Czech Republic needed as they won the first match of Euro 2008 1-0.
    Czech Republic opened Euro 2008 with three points as they defeated co-hosts Switzerland 1-0 at St Jakob-Park.

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    Portugal 2-0 Turkey


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    Raul Meireles and Pepe both scored their first goal for Portugal as the 2004 runners-up got the start they were after in Euro 2008.

    Portugal proved their Euro 2008 title credentials with a convincing display in a 2-0 win over Turkey in their Group A opener in Geneve.

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    Austria 0-1 Croatia: Close call

    Luka Modric's penalty gave Croatia a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Austria in the opening Euro 2008 Group B match.

    Croatia were made to work hard for their narrow victory as Austria, cheered on by a partisan home crowd at the Ernst Happel Stadion, recovered from a poor opening half-hour to push Slaven Bilic's men all the way to the final whistle.

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    Germany 2-0 Poland

    Lukas Podolski collected a brace as the Germans show a killer instinct in front of goal to dominate the Poles 2-0.

    Bayern Munich team-mates Miroslav Klose and Podolski - two of three Poland-born players in the Germany squad - combined in the 20th minute for the latter to put the 1996 European champions ahead, before Podolski sealed the win midway through the second half.

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    Netherlands beat Italy by 3-0 in Euro Cup

    BERN: The Netherlands stunned Italy 3-0 in their European Championship opener, leaving the World Cup champions fighting to avoid elimination from the first round.

    Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wesley Sneijder scored in the first half, and standout defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst added the third on a counterattack in the 79th minute to give Italy its most lopsided loss in the history of the tournament.

    The Dutch carried several injuries into the match, but the Italians started with nine players over 30 and could not match the Netherlands for creativity and doggedness.

    Edwin van der Sar, the 37-year-old Netherlands goalkeeper, produced a stunning save on Andrea Pirlo's free kick to prevent Italy from getting back in the game in the 78th minute.

    Van Nistelrooy's breakthrough goal may have been a disputed offside, deflecting a 20-yard low shot from Van Bronckhorst past Gianluigi Buffon, but overall the Dutch outplayed the Italians with stunning ease in an electric first half.

    The second goal was a perfect counter. Van Bronckhorst first kicked a ball off his own line in a goalmouth scramble and immediately rushed up the left, where he took a long pass from Rafael van der Vaart. The Italians had trouble dragging their aging feet back and were woefully out of position when Van Bronkhost sent a defence-splitting pass to Dirk Kuyt on the right.

    The Liverpool player, who only started because of a groin injury to Arjen Robben, headed it perfectly into the path of Sneijder and the midfielder volleyed it past Buffon. There may not be a better goal in the tournament.

    The defeat left Italy last in Group C after France and Romania drew 0-0. A defeat against the Romanians could send the Azzurri out by Friday.

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    Spain 4-1 Russia(FT)

    David Villa struck a hat-trick as classy Spain got their Euro 2008 challenge off to a flying start against Russia.


    Villa scored twice in the first half before netting his third 15 minutes from time, earning himself the match ball, the man of the match award and making him an early front-runner for the tournament's leading scorer.

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    Czech Republic 1-3 Portugal


    Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is adamant his team will not change their tactics to counter the Czech Republic's expected physical approach in Wednesday's Group A clash in Geneva.

    The winner of the match at the Stade de Geneve will secure their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008, with both teams having claimed three points from their opening games in the group.

    It promises to be a contrast in styles, with the flair and brio of the Portuguese coming up against the aggressive and direct approach of the Czechs.

    Scolari respects the ability of Karel Bruckner's side, but insists his team will play as they always do as they look to become the first country to qualify for the knockout stages.

    "We have our own style, we won't change," he said. "We know they have specific strong points, but we have to have faith in our own technical qualities. And sometimes the best form of defence is attack.

    "We are working on a few specific things. We have looked at a few videos, examined certain players for set-pieces.

    "And we need to make sure we are closer to our opponents because of the long balls they send to their forwards.

    "But my players are very motivated and focused for this match."

    Scolari revealed his starting XI will be the same team that eased to a 2-0 win over Turkey in their opening pool match last Saturday.

    Portugal were impressive winners that evening, Pepe and Raul Meireles scoring the goals in the second half, and Scolari has called on his players to maintain their focus.

    "There is no use thinking about the first match - if we don't beat the Czech Republic, it will be all or nothing in our last match (against Switzerland)," said the former Brazil coach.

    "What I fear about the Czech Republic is their history, their tradition, and I think it will be a very even match."

    Captain Nuno Gomes admits his side's second outing will be step up from their opener against Turkey.

    "We saw a little bit of their (1-0) win against Switzerland, and we know they have some very good and strong players," said the Benfica striker.

    "All four of their defenders play in Italy and are experienced players, so overall I think they are stronger than Turkey.

    "I think it's the most important match we will have in the group."

    Giant striker Jan Koller should again be the Czech Republic's chief offensive weapon, but Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho is confident he and centre-back partner Pepe can nullify the targetman's threat.

    "It will be very difficult for both of us," the Chelsea player predicted.

    "If he is very strong and tall, but we have other characteristics, like pace.

    "We think we have the weapons to cope with Koller."
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    Switzerland 1-2 Turkey


    Switzerland captain Alexander Frei has called on his team-mates to keep their Euro 2008 dream alive when they take on Turkey on Wednesday.

    Frei's tournament came to a premature end when he suffered knee ligament damage in the co-hosts' opening-game defeat to the Czech Republic, but he has chosen to remain with the squad.

    Another defeat for Switzerland would all but kill off their hopes of making it to the knock-out stages.

    Frei said: "Our dream has to live on. Therefore we have to try everything on Wednesday. Sometimes you fall down, but then you can fight or stay down. Champions always get up again.

    "I know that the team has a dream. Mine was destroyed on Saturday, but the team's dream lives on even after the defeat against Czech Republic."

    Turkey will be looking for revenge for their defeat to the Swiss on away goals in a 2006 World Cup play-off.

    The second leg of that tie in Istanbul was marred by violent clashes after the final whistle, but Frei is adamant they will be no repeat of those scenes in Basle.

    The Borussia Dortmund striker added: "The game on Wednesday will be completely different from the one in Istanbul. For me that game is already forgotten. I said that before the Euros.

    "For those who were directly affected the events are certainly still in their heads, but for the younger players it is just not an issue.

    "The younger players have already come so far that they don't need any advice from an old man like me. For Hakan Yakin, who will play, it will certainly be very special. Therefore he also doesn't need any advice. He will be motivated enough."

    Yakin, who has Turkish ancestry, is likely to replace Frei in the starting line-up, with Ludovic Magnin inheriting the captain's armband.

    Turkey will also be looking to bounce back from a defeat after losing to Group A favourites Portugal in their first match.

    And midfielder Hamit Altintop said: "We Turks have very high expectations. That we absolutely want to and have to win on Wednesday is clear. The home advantage of the Swiss could also be a disadvantage.

    "The pressure for the home team can increase quickly if it does not go to plan. You saw that with the 1-0 loss to the Czechs."

    Turkey, World Cup semi-finalists in 2002, never looked like causing an upset against Portugal and Altintop knows they have to up their game if they are to make it to the last eight.

    The Bayern Munich man added: "Perhaps we afforded the Portuguese too much respect. We were too nervous. But we have now got rid of these feelings. That won't happen to us again.

    "Our fans and and us expect a reaction. In the first game we offered too little, that is clear. It will have be different (against Switzerland)."

    Boss Fatih Terim will be without defender Gokhan Zan, while Servet Cetin is a doubt, but Altintop is hopeful of playing in his customary midfield role rather than at right-back like against Portugal.

    "I think I will play in midfield against Switzerland", he added.
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