Star Sixes finally kicked off last night at the O2 Arena, and in some style. 12 teams of international legends took to the arena’s hallowed astroturf, facing off in the first games of the group stage.

Read on for a quick overview of all the evening’s action.

England 1 – 4 Spain

The opening game was a cracker, with England taking an early lead thanks to a trademark finish from Michael Owen, before injury, unfortunately, called for him to be replaced.

Spain grew into the game, inspired by Carles Puyol’s all action approach, and were soon on level terms. Former Liverpool man Luis Garcia broke free and smashed the ball home while in acres of space. Garcia then put his side in front, before teeing up Alfonso to make it three. Full back Capdevilla slammed home a fourth and the rout was complete. Plenty to do for England against Scotland this evening.

Mexico 1 – 3 Scotland

Scotland emerged as an early surprise package for the tournament thanks to an impressive space over Luis Hernandez’s Mexico side. While maybe not the most star-studded squad on paper, Scotland were highly organised and strong in the tackle, while also showing some neat one-touch interplay in dangerous areas.

Simon Donnelly opened the scoring, with Barry Ferguson chipping home a cheeky second over a flailing Mexican keeper. Championship Manager hero Mark Burchill capped off a lovely passing move with a close range finish to make it three, before Hernandez pulled back a consolation goal in the closing minutes.

Denmark 6 – 4 Portugal

A ten-goal thriller as the great Danes made light work of a Portugal side inspired by former Barcelona and Chelsea man Deco. Both Mads Junker and Helder Postiga scored hat tricks for their respective sides in an end-to-end, blood and thunder affair, with a couple of short cameos for cult Danish legend Stig Tofting only adding to the crowd’s enjoyment.

Denmark will go again against Germany this evening.

Germany 4 – 3 France

Any doubts that players would approach the tournament purely as an exhibition were put to bed in a highly competitive game between two European heavyweights. A star-studded cast featuring Michael Ballack, Robert Pires, Marcel Desailly and Youri Djorkaeff meant this was always going to be close.

While the speed of the play may not have been quite up o the standard of the previous matches, the quality was there, and some great finishing, particularly from Germany striker Kevin Kuranyi, meant Les Blues ultimately came up short.

Nigeria 3 – 2 China

China put up a heroic fight against a Nigeria side full to the brim with world renowned talent, but unfortunately didn’t quite have enough to come back from three goals down. Nigeria, inspired by one Jay Jay Okocha and with late addition Yakubu leading the line looked much too strong for China in the first half, with the Yak’s expert finishing firing the Eagles into a two goal lead.

Everton hero Daniel Amokachi added a third, and despite a spirited fightback from China, Nigeria go into tonight’s game with Italy with three points already in the bag.

Brazil 2 – 1 Italy

The organisers saved the best till last, with a rerun of the 1970 and 1994 World Cup finals between Brazil and Italy. With so many stars on show – Rivaldo, Del Piero, Roberto Carlos and Paolo Di Canio all started – this was always going to be one of the best games of the tournament for pure technicality, and it didn’t disappoint.

Juninho showed he hadn’t lost any of his nimble-footed quality, slipping between two men and firing home, before Marco Delvecchio sent the Brazil defence this way and that before smashing the ball into the top corner. Barcelona and Chelsea man Juliano Belletti got the winner with a long range strike.