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Poborský lob puts Czechs into semi-finals

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.20CET
Czech Republic 1-0 Portugal
Karel Poborský's spectacular lob was enough to earn the Czechs a place in the last four despite the 88th-minute dismissal of Radoslav Látal.
Poborský lob puts Czechs into semi-finals
Karel Poborský scores with a famous lob against Portugal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Czech RepublicPortugal

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.20CET

Poborský lob puts Czechs into semi-finals

Czech Republic 1-0 Portugal
Karel Poborský's spectacular lob was enough to earn the Czechs a place in the last four despite the 88th-minute dismissal of Radoslav Látal.

Karel Poborský's exquisite chip proved the difference as the Czech Republic overcame Portugal to reach the semi-finals.

Group winners Germany, England and France had already gone through by kick-off, leaving it up to Portugal to complete the full set with victory at Villa Park. Their midfield was once again in eye-catching form but for all their assuredness with the ball at their feet, found themselves up against a Czech defence which seldom looked troubled.

The game was ultimately decided by a moment of magic from Poborský, who showed incredible awareness to beat Vítor Baía on 53 minutes. The Czechs had to cling on when Radoslav Látal was dismissed late on but Poborský's was a goal worthy of winning any game.

It was a triumph built on solid and unspectacular foundations, though, with goalkeeper Petr Kouba proving particularly key with early saves to deny Fernando Couto and Sá Pinto. It was a familiar story for the Portuguese, whose retention of possession remained impressive but, all too often, to no avail. Unable to unlock the Czech defence, they were made to pay soon after the interval, though there was little they could have done to stop Poborský.

The diminutive winger burst his way through thanks to a fortuitous bounce of the ball but was soon greeted by the advancing presence of goalkeeper Vítor Baía. In the blink of an eye he then concocted the most elaborate of finishes, scooping the ball almost vertically over the goalkeeper and into the net.

It was not until Látal was sent off with eight minutes left that the Czechs' lead appeared vulnerable. Sure enough, Portugal duly created their only really noteworthy chance of the half, Jorge Cadete heading wide. They would not have another chance to save themselves; the magnificently organised and disciplined Czechs had done enough to extend their unlikely campaign into the last four.

Last updated: 23/01/12 15.54CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Portugal

Portugal

1
KoubaPetr Kouba (GK)
1
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK) (C)
2
LátalRadoslav Látal
Red Card82
2
SecretárioSecretário
Yellow Card59
3
SuchopárekJan Suchopárek
Yellow Card1
4
OceanoOceano
Substitution65
5
KadlecMiroslav Kadlec
5
CoutoFernando Couto
6
NěmečekVáclav Němeček (C)
Substitution90
8
João PintoJoão Pinto
Yellow Card90
7
NěmecJiří Němec
9
Sá PintoSá Pinto
Yellow Card40
Substitution46
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
Goal53
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
9
KukaPavel Kuka
Yellow Card69
13
DimasDimas
13
BejblRadek Bejbl
Yellow Card55
16
HélderHélder
Yellow Card10
15
HorňákMichal Horňák
19
Paulo SousaPaulo Sousa
17
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Yellow Card23
Substitution46
20
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Substitution82

Substitutes

10
DrulákRadek Drulák
3
Paulinho SantosPaulinho Santos
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
6
TavaresTavares
12
KubíkLuboš Kubík
Substitution46
7
Vítor PaneiraVítor Paneira
14
BergerPatrik Berger
Substitution90
11
CadeteJorge Cadete
Substitution82
16
SrníčekPavel Srníček (GK)
12
AlfredoAlfredo (GK)
18
KotůlekMartin Kotůlek
14
BarbosaPedro Barbosa
19
RadaKarel Rada
15
DomingosDomingos
Substitution46
20
NovotnýPavel Novotný
17
PorfírioHugo Porfírio
21
KerbrMilan Kerbr
18
FolhaFolha
Substitution65
22
MaierLadislav Maier (GK)
21
MadeiraPaulo Madeira
22
CorreiaRui Correia (GK)

Coach

Dusan Uhrin (CZE) António Luis Oliveira Ribeiro (POR)

Referee

Helmut Krug (GER)

Assistant referees

Klaus Plettenberg (GER), Egbert Engler (GER)

Fourth official

Hermann Albrecht (GER)

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