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On this day: 7 June

Published: Saturday 7 June 2014, 8.30CET
Only two EURO games have taken place on this date, both in 2008, and it was one to forget for co-hosts Switzerland as they went down to the Czech Republic in the curtain-raiser.
On this day: 7 June
Václav Svěrkoš was on target for Czech Republic ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 7 June 2014, 8.30CET

On this day: 7 June

Only two EURO games have taken place on this date, both in 2008, and it was one to forget for co-hosts Switzerland as they went down to the Czech Republic in the curtain-raiser.

Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic
(Svěrkoš 71)
2008 group stage, Basel

Czech Republic substitute Václav Svěrkoš crashed the party for co-hosts Switzerland by scoring the only goal of the UEFA EURO 2008 curtain-raiser in Basel.

Svěrkoš struck after 71 minutes to defeat a home side already deflated by a tournament-ending knee injury to forward Alexander Frei. The closest the Swiss came to rescuing a point was a late Johan Vonlanthen shot off the underside of the crossbar as they made a disappointing start to the finals. At least one host team had previously advanced to the knockout rounds in every edition since the group stage was introduced for this competition – that proud record was already under threat.

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