Euro 2008: Spain and Sweden off to winning starts

Spain convincingly won their opening game at Euro 2008 beating Russia 4-1 in the pouring rain in Innsbruck. David Villa scored a hat-trick before Fabregas bagged a fourth just when it looked like Russia were set to mount a comeback.

The Russian defence had no answer to the speed and skill of Fernando Torres and Villa up front for Spain. But the Spanish defence wasn't overly convincing and Guus Hiddink's team were unlucky not to have levelled the score minutes after Villa's opener when Zyryanov hit the post.

But Spain will be cautious about seeing themselves branded favourites to win the tournament. Two years ago they won their opening World Cup game 4-0 against the Ukraine before crashing out to France in the knock out stages.

Sweden beat the reigning European champions Greece 2-0 in Salzburg thanks to a sublime strike by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a comedy goal by Hansson after a mix up in the Greek six yard box. Greece didn't offer much to the game unsuccessfully utilising the tactics which led them to become surprise winners of Euro 2004. It looks unlikely that Otto Rehhagel's team will be able to repeat the miracle this time round.

Spain v Russia
Greece v Sweden

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