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Czechs prevail on penalties to reach final

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.15CET
France 0-0 Czech Republic (Czech Republic win 6-5 on penalties)
Petr Kouba was the hero for the Czechs, denying Reynald Pedros in sudden death to take Dušan Uhrin's team into the Wembley showpiece.
Czechs prevail on penalties to reach final
The Czech Republic are joyous at reaching the final ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceCzech Republic

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.15CET

Czechs prevail on penalties to reach final

France 0-0 Czech Republic (Czech Republic win 6-5 on penalties)
Petr Kouba was the hero for the Czechs, denying Reynald Pedros in sudden death to take Dušan Uhrin's team into the Wembley showpiece.

Decimated by suspensions, the Czech Republic produced a fine rearguard effort to overcome France on penalties and reach the final in their first UEFA European Championship as an independent nation.

The Czechs had enjoyed an unexpectedly trouble-free passage through to the last four but found their route to the showpiece beset by the absence of Jan Suchopárek, Radoslav Látal, Pavel Kuka and Radek Bejbl. Les Bleus were themselves without injured captain Didier Deschamps and suspended midfielder Christian Karembeu and a cautious encounter ensued at Old Trafford. Spot kicks were required, Reynald Pedros eventually missing in sudden death to hand Dušan Uhrin's charges a 6-5 triumph.

Such drama was conspicuous by its absence for much of the match, with no real urgency evident until after half-time. Youri Djorkaeff, so often France's main source of craft, was once again the instigator. The cunning forward was unfortunate not to give Aimé Jacquet's side the lead twice in as many minutes, rattling the bar with a 25-metre shot before firing over with a spectacular bicycle kick.

Djorkaeff's deviance sparked the Czechs into life, Patrik Berger's willingness to run at the opposition finally giving France something to ponder. Karel Poborský was equally eager to inject some life into his side but with only a solitary presence to aim for in attack, the Czechs' midfield linchpins were all too often crowded into submission.

It was a similar story for France – Patrice Loko ploughing a lone furrow in attack (Pedros did at least show a semblance of adventure from off the bench) – and extra time beckoned. Pedros and Loko came closest to breaking the deadlock but the golden goal merely served to encourage an even more conservative approach.

Five successful spot kicks apiece followed in the shoot-out before Petr Kouba denied Pedros and Czech captain Miroslav Kadlec set aside his reluctance to step up with a clinical finish which extended his team's unlikely adventure into the Wembley showpiece.

Last updated: 24/01/12 9.55CET

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Lineups

France

France

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
LamaBernard Lama
1
KoubaPetr Kouba
5
BlancLaurent Blanc (C)
4
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
Yellow Card77
6
GuérinVincent Guérin
5
KadlecMiroslav Kadlec
8
DesaillyMarcel Desailly
6
NěmečekVáclav Němeček (C)
Yellow Card83
9
DjorkaeffYouri Djorkaeff
7
NěmecJiří Němec
Substitution84
10
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
11
LokoPatrice Loko
10
DrulákRadek Drulák
Substitution70
12
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
Yellow Card64
15
HorňákMichal Horňák
14
LamouchiSabri Lamouchi
Substitution62
17
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution46
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
Yellow Card43
Substitution83
19
RadaKarel Rada
20
RocheAlain Roche
Yellow Card50
20
NovotnýPavel Novotný

Substitutes

2
AnglomaJocelyn Angloma
Substitution83
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
3
Di MecoEric Di Meco
12
KubíkLuboš Kubík
Substitution84
Yellow Card97 ET
4
LeboeufFrank Leboeuf
14
BergerPatrik Berger
Substitution46
16
BarthezFabien Barthez
16
SrníčekPavel Srníček
17
MadarMickaël Madar
18
KotůlekMartin Kotůlek
Substitution70
18
PedrosReynald Pedros
Substitution62
21
KerbrMilan Kerbr
21
MartinsCorentin Martins
22
MaierLadislav Maier
22
MartiniBruno Martini

Coach

Aimé Jacquet (FRA) Dusan Uhrin (CZE)

Referee

Leslie William Mottram (SCO)

Assistant referees

Robert Orr (SCO), John Fleming (SCO)

Fourth official

Hugh Dallas (SCO)

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