Russia produced a powerful performance as two goals by Alan Dzagoev helped dismantle Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2012 game.
Dzagoev gave Dick Advocaat's side the lead with a shot after Aleksandr Kerzhakov headed against the post.
Roman Shirokov made it 2-0 with a chip following good work by Andrey Arshavin.
Vaclav Pilar reduced the deficit before two thunderous finishes by Dzagoev and substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko completed the rout.
Russia are my new favourite team. A joy to watch. It's all about skill, and the attitude was great from all. I was a little disappointed by the Czech Republic, though it is the weakest Czech team I've seen for a while. They could still make it through the group though. Russia? They're a stick-on.
Russia were as ruthless in Wroclaw as the Czechs were poor.
Czech coach Michal Bilek now faces a huge task lifting his deflated players ahead of their next game against Greece on 12 June, a match they cannot afford to lose if they are to advance in the tournament.
With co-hosts Poland earlier held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Greece, both teams knew victory at the Municipal Stadium would earn them an early lead at the top of the group.
And Russia, semi-finalists in 2008 under Guus Hiddink, are going to take some stopping as they showed they mean business in the tournament.
Arshavin, on loan at Zenit St Petersburg from Arsenal, was inspirational, the 31-year-old having a hand in the second and fourth goals.
Czech Republic had Chelsea keeper Petr Cech and Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky winning their 91st and 86th caps respectively yet even their vast experience failed to prevent their opponents from racing into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 25 minutes.
Attacking midfielder Dzagoev, who turns 22 next week, showed terrific composure to break the deadlock with a first-time finish from 12 yards after Kerzhakov had headed against the far post in the 15th minute.
It should have been 2-0 moments later when Arshavin picked out the marauding Dzagoev on the right. This time, however, the CSKA Moscow player sliced his shot wide when he should have done better.
But the Czechs were left conducting another post mortem when Shirokov doubled the lead in the 25th minute after lifting the ball over Cech after an angled pass by Arshavin.
Bilek's side were fortunate not to concede a penalty before half-time when Jaroslav Plasil pushed Arshavin in the back inside the Czech penalty area.
But referee Howard Webb, who did not book a single player, opted against pointing to the spot, television replays showing the Premier League official should have awarded a penalty.
Russia, who were totally in control, might have complained more had they known what was to come in the early stages of the second half.
Having looked down and out, Plasil split the Russian defence wide open with a delightful 52nd-minute pass which allowed Pilar to round the keeper and bring the Czechs back to life.
But Russia were superior throughout and two goals in the space of three minutes late in the game illustrated the gulf between the two teams.
Dzagoev made it 3-1 with a powerful shot from inside the area after being set up by substitute Pavlyuchenko.
And former Tottenham player Pavlyuchenko completed a fine Russian performance with a superb finish from 15 yards following more good work by the impressive Arshavin.
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Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +2:10
Milan Petrzela is ruled offside. Alexei Berezutsky takes the indirect free kick.90:00 +1:50
Jaroslav Plasil takes a shot. Blocked by Igor Denisov.89:43
Theodor Gebre Selassie takes a shot. Blocked by Yury Zhirkov.87:03
Roman Shirokov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Hubschman. Direct free kick taken by Roman Hubnik.86:42
Aleksandr Kokorin takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.85:16
Yury Zhirkov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jaroslav Plasil.84:42
Free kick taken by Tomas Hubschman.84:42 Substitution
Substitution David Lafata replaces Milan Baros.84:42
Foul by Aleksandr Kokorin on Michal Kadlec, free kick awarded.83:55 Substitution
Substitution Alan Dzagoev goes off and Aleksandr Kokorin comes on.83:14
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Viacheslav Malafeev.81:08
Assist by Andrey Arshavin.81:08 Goal scored
Goal! - Roman Pavlyuchenko - Russia 4 - 1 Czech Rep Roman Pavlyuchenko fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Russia 4-1 Czech Republic.80:03
The referee blows for offside against Jaroslav Plasil. Viacheslav Malafeev takes the indirect free kick.78:20
The assist for the goal came from Roman Pavlyuchenko.78:20 Goal scored
Goal! - Alan Dzagoev - Russia 3 - 1 Czech Rep Alan Dzagoev finds the net with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Russia 3-1 Czech Republic.78:05
Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Tomas Sivok gets a block in.77:52
Andrey Arshavin sends in a cross, Michal Kadlec makes a clearance.77:41
Short corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line.
Andrey Arshavin takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Roman Hubnik.77:06
Yury Zhirkov takes a shot. Blocked by Roman Hubnik.74:46
Tomas Rosicky restarts play with the free kick.74:46 Substitution
Substitution Milan Petrzela joins the action as a substitute, replacing Petr Jiracek.74:46
Roman Hubnik fouled by Konstatin Zyryanov, the ref awards a free kick.74:04
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Viacheslav Malafeev.72:26 Substitution
Substitution Alexander Kerzhakov goes off and Roman Pavlyuchenko comes on.71:28
Theodor Gebre Selassie produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.70:08
Tomas Sivok challenges Alexander Kerzhakov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Dzagoev takes the free kick.69:16
Alexander Kerzhakov produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.67:05
Alexander Kerzhakov has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.63:53
Shot by Alexander Kerzhakov from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.63:16
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yury Zhirkov on Petr Jiracek. Roman Hubnik restarts play with the free kick.62:18
Shot from just outside the box by Konstatin Zyryanov goes over the target.60:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yury Zhirkov by Theodor Gebre Selassie. Direct free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.56:51
Andrey Arshavin is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.56:15
Foul by Vaclav Pilar on Aleksandr Aniukov, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aleksandr Aniukov.54:38
Effort on goal by Roman Shirokov from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.53:15
Outswinging corner taken by Petr Jiracek.51:02
Jaroslav Plasil provided the assist for the goal.51:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Vaclav Pilar - Russia 2 - 1 Czech Rep Vaclav Pilar gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Russia 2-1 Czech Republic.49:34
Effort from inside the area by Alexander Kerzhakov misses to the right of the goal.47:16
Roman Hubnik concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Kerzhakov. Free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.45:01
The second half has started.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Tomas Hubschman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jan Rezek.45:00 +2:05 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +1:04
Petr Jiracek takes a shot.44:42
Vaclav Pilar takes a shot. Save by Viacheslav Malafeev.43:40
Outswinging corner taken by Jaroslav Plasil.42:57
Roman Shirokov produces a cross, Roman Hubnik manages to make a clearance.42:30
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexander Kerzhakov by Jaroslav Plasil. Free kick taken by Roman Shirokov.41:09
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergei Ignashevich by Milan Baros. Sergei Ignashevich takes the free kick.39:43
Unfair challenge on Sergei Ignashevich by Milan Baros results in a free kick. Viacheslav Malafeev takes the direct free kick.38:30
Petr Jiracek challenges Konstatin Zyryanov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Konstatin Zyryanov.36:55
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Viacheslav Malafeev.32:36
Alexander Kerzhakov produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.29:25
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on Theodor Gebre Selassie. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jaroslav Plasil from right wing, clearance by Alan Dzagoev.28:58
Unfair challenge on Milan Baros by Igor Denisov results in a free kick. Theodor Gebre Selassie restarts play with the free kick.27:08
Free kick awarded for a foul by Milan Baros on Sergei Ignashevich. Sergei Ignashevich restarts play with the free kick.25:24
Michal Kadlec takes a shot. Save made by Viacheslav Malafeev.24:27
Foul by Tomas Sivok on Alexander Kerzhakov, free kick awarded. Igor Denisov takes the free kick.23:19
Andrey Arshavin provided the assist for the goal.23:19 Goal scored
Goal! - Roman Shirokov - Russia 2 - 0 Czech Rep A goal is scored by Roman Shirokov from close range low into the middle of the goal. Russia 2-0 Czech Republic.21:51
Jaroslav Plasil takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Jan Rezek takes a shot. Save by Viacheslav Malafeev.21:34
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksandr Aniukov on Vaclav Pilar. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.18:40
Alan Dzagoev produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.17:57
The referee blows for offside against Milan Baros. Indirect free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.14:34
The assist for the goal came from Alexander Kerzhakov.14:34 Goal scored
Goal! - Alan Dzagoev - Russia 1 - 0 Czech Rep Alan Dzagoev finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Russia 1-0 Czech Republic.14:26
Header from inside the area by Alexander Kerzhakov strikes the post.13:37
Effort from inside the area by Alexander Kerzhakov misses to the right of the target.12:35
Andrey Arshavin takes a inswinging corner.11:38
Effort on goal by Tomas Rosicky from long range goes harmlessly over the target.11:19
Michal Kadlec crosses the ball.9:51
Foul by Jan Rezek on Konstatin Zyryanov, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sergei Ignashevich.6:19
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jan Rezek on Yury Zhirkov. Direct free kick taken by Viacheslav Malafeev.4:11
Jan Rezek fouled by Alexei Berezutsky, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jaroslav Plasil, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Roman Hubnik goes harmlessly over the crossbar.3:46
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Konstatin Zyryanov. Tomas Rosicky takes the free kick.3:08
Corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky, save made by Viacheslav Malafeev.2:30
Corner taken by Jaroslav Plasil, clearance by Aleksandr Aniukov.2:16
Unfair challenge on Jan Rezek by Yury Zhirkov results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Theodor Gebre Selassie.1:57
The offside flag is raised against Andrey Arshavin. Tomas Sivok takes the indirect free kick.0:25
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Dzagoev by Michal Kadlec. Igor Denisov takes the direct free kick.0:03
Jan Rezek challenges Alexander Kerzhakov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Konstatin Zyryanov.0:00
The match has kicked off.
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