The last time Thiago took to the field in the UEFA Under-21 European Championships, he scored this goal from just inside the Switzerland half.
While I wouldn't expect anything quite as spectacular tonight, it's safe to say that Thiago is probably the best player in this competition -- closely followed by his Spanish teammates, Cristian Tello, Isco and Rodrigo. Can La Rojita kick off their title defense with a victory against Russia?
Spain (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Martin Montoya, Inigo Martinez, Marc Bartra, Alberto Moreno; Asier Illarramendi, Thiago Alcantara; Iker Muniain, Isco, Cristian Tello; Rodrigo
Russia (4-3-3): Nikolai Zabolotny; Nikita Chicherin, Taras Burlak, Maksim Belyaev, Georgi Schennikov; Sergei Petrov, Oleg Shatov, Ibragim Tsallagov; Pavel Yakolev, Shota Bibilov, Denis Cheryshev