WARSAW, Poland (AP) – CSKA Moscow forward Alan Dzagoev grabbed the headlines with his two goals against the Czech Republic, but seven Zenit St. Petersburg players laid the foundations of an emphatic win at Euro 2012.
The Zenit connection doesn't end on the pitch - coach Dick Advocaat led the team from Russia's second city to the UEFA Cup in 2008.
That victory over Advocaat's former club Glasgow Rangers in the final was the launch pad for Russia forward Andrei Arshavin's career.
He went on to star in Russia's run to the semifinals of Euro 2008 despite being suspended for the first two matches. And on the evidence of his dominating play in Friday's 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, he appears poised to mastermind another successful Russian campaign four years later.