Finland has made history by defeating Denmark. It was a match where they were completely underdog, but with a very high fighting spirit and good concentration, the Nordic representative got 3 points in the first Euro. With 3 points, Markku Kanerva's teachers and students were able to think of a place to go to the next round while 16/24 teams went on. A result with a point before host Russia will help Finland open this door. Russia had a miserable opening match, losing 0-3 to Belgium.
More importantly, Stanislav Cherchesov's teachers and students were completely deadlocked and the attack was too simple. In front of Finland, the defense is very disciplined and the fighting spirit is high, even though the home field advantage is difficult to hope to help Russia get 3 points in this match.