The nice people who run Ghostel have kindly put us in touch with a local lad who has an apartment free for tonight. Otherwise, we would definitely be struggling to find anywhere to rest our weary torsos later. The apartment is a 30-minute walk from the centre and sets us back 400 Hryvna.
We rest up for a couple of hours and walk to the fan zone which is buzzing ahead of tonight’s first match in Lviv. I then head off to the stadium which is a one-hour bus ride out of the centre where I pick up my press pass for the tournament. Clearly, the infrastructure around the stadium wasn’t quite finished in time for Euro 2012 but the stadium itself is a beauty.
Germany must have 10,000 plus fans in the stadium and might be expected to boss the match. Their support behind the goal is vociferous and booming out songs. Neil radios in to say he can’t find a ticket for a normal price and is drinking in the fan zone.
I reckon Platini should get his arse down here and take a midnight trolleybus ride through Lviv's Soviet suburbs after a match. We like to keep it real but post Euro-2012 trolleybus trips is a bit of a stretch.