The world's media hailed a spectacular Opening Ceremony to the London Olympics after Friday night's jaw-dropping show. Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport website said it was 'a lavish and spectacular opening ceremony which matched and maybe bettered expectations'. Some pundits in and outside the United Kingdom had feared the showcase would be viewed as too British but France's L'Equipe website revelled in that very fact. 'With a show that mixed humour and the grandiose, Danny Boyle modernised the traditional athletes' parade on Friday. An opening ceremony so British!'