Yesterday evening (10/6) saw the end of the first round of games at Euro 2008. Here’s an assessment of the 7 Arsenal players competing in Austria and Switzerland
Switzerland 0 – 1 Czech Republic
Phillipe Senderos played 90 mins for the Swiss in the opening game of the finals. He gave a solid performance, despite the Czechs posing little threat. Václav Svěrkoš scored the only goal after 71 mins after the Swiss defenders failed to clear from the corner. Johan Djourou was an unused substitute for Switzerland.
Germany 2 – 0 Poland
Departing Gunners keeper Jens Lehmann put in an impressive performance for the ever efficient Germans. Lehmann had a reasonably quiet game, but responded well when tested. Lukas Podolski scored both goals for Germany who won their first game in the European Championships since 1996.
France 0 – 0 Romania
Arsenal captain William Gallas had one of the easiet games of his career. The only problem was that the Romanian defenders will be feeling the same. France failed to trouble one of the weaker teams in the finals. Former Gunner’s greats Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira didn’t play due to injury. Possible summer signing Samir Nasri was a late sub and looked lively.
Holland 3 – 0 Italy
Holland produced one of the best counter attacking displays in European history as they beat the world champions. Robin Van Persie came on late in the second half and looked sharp on his return from injury. He came close with a fizzing drive in the closing stages. Goals from Van Nistelrooy, Sneijder and former Gunner Van Bronckhorst secured 3 points for the Dutch.
Spain 4 – 1 Russia
Cesc Fabregas was surprisingly left on the bench by Spanish coach Luis Aragones as Spain cruised to victory. Fabregas was introduced in the 54th minute and grabbed himself a goal and an assist. In the dying moments of the match, Spain broke with hat-trick hero David Villa. He set up Xavi who saw his shot saved by Akinfeev, but Fabregas ghosted in to score with the diving header. It was his first international goal.