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Svěrkoš relives EURO 2008 strike

Published: Saturday 22 May 2010, 12.06CET
As the countdown continues to UEFA EURO 2012, Václav Svěrkoš, the scorer of the opening goal from four years ago recreates his winning moment and tells us the key things he had to get right.
Published: Saturday 22 May 2010, 12.06CET

Svěrkoš relives EURO 2008 strike

As the countdown continues to UEFA EURO 2012, Václav Svěrkoš, the scorer of the opening goal from four years ago recreates his winning moment and tells us the key things he had to get right.

Presenter 1: Switzerland opened up UEFA EURO 2008 hoping to kickstart the competition with victory on home soil against the Czech Republic… instead it would be the Czechs who were celebrating three points however, thanks to a first ever international goal from Václav Svěrkoš. (16 secs)

Presenter 2:
To break down the technique of the goal, the UEFA Training Ground visited Ostrava to catch up with Svěrkoš, as he recreated his memorable moment. (8 secs)

Václav Svěrkoš 1 (Czech): Well, as I recall it, it was somehow after a set piece situation, their defence pushed up and some of us stayed upfield. I think Tomas Galasek returned the ball in behind them and I appeared from an onside position. (14 secs)

Václav Svěrkoš 2 (Czech):
The ball came to me at that moment, and I realised I was almost alone… and the defenders were coming towards me… one of them caught my leg a little bit at the moment of the shot, so therefore I did not hit it cleanly, but with the outside of my foot - and now I can say it was a bit fortunate, because if I’d hit the ball cleanly I don’t know if it would have ended that way, the goalkeeper might have saved it. (23 secs)

Presenter 3: As he was about to strike the ball Svěrkoš had to judge the bounce in front of him, leaving him little time to get his shot in before the Swiss defence would have a chance to take away the opportunity. (11 secs)

Václav Svěrkoš 3 (Czech): I wanted the ball to land on the ground as fast as possible before I took the shot, because I knew the defenders were approaching me…. I tried to shield it with my body so that they could not get to the ball or put me off, but they were already there and they caught me somehow, but I wanted to hit the ball cleanly. I managed it, but as I said, it came slightly off the outside of my foot, so it went towards the other side of the goal than I had originally intended. (21 secs)

Presenter 4: Svěrkoš joined an illustrious list of players to score the opening goal at the European Championships including Alan Shearer, Roberto Mancini, Michel Platini and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge… an unlikely hero, it was a moment that ensured the Czech striker’s place in the annuls of EURO history. (17 secs)

Last updated: 22/05/12 12.14CET

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