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Germany overcome slow-starting Czechs

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.18CET
Germany 2-0 Czech Republic
Two goals in six first-half minutes earned the EURO '92 runners-up a routine opening win against Dušan Uhrin's slow starters.
Germany overcome slow-starting Czechs
Fredi Bobic of Germany celebrates after beating the Czech Republic ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyCzech Republic

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards6
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.18CET

Germany overcome slow-starting Czechs

Germany 2-0 Czech Republic
Two goals in six first-half minutes earned the EURO '92 runners-up a routine opening win against Dušan Uhrin's slow starters.

Germany justified their traditional position as tournament favourites with a comprehensive opening-day victory against a Czech side of whom little was expected either before or after the match.

Making light of striker Jürgen Klinsmann's suspension and an early injury to Jürgen Kohler, one of the great man-markers, Germany scored two almost identical goals that exemplified the touch, power and confidence of their game. Christian Ziege, a new find at left-back, and Andreas Möller, an established midfielder, each took return passes before shooting low past Petr Kouba's right hand from outside the area to decide the match within the first 32 minutes.

The EURO '92 runners-up took a 26th-minute lead against Dušan Uhrin's charges when Ziege embarked on a marauding run. The 24-year-old played a one-two with Fredi Bobic, brushed off the challenge of Radoslav Látal and cut inside Miroslav Kadlec to beat Kouba from 20 metres.

It was no less than the dynamic Germans deserved, having already tested Kouba with a close-range Bobic volley and sent efforts by Möller and Thomas Hässler whistling narrowly wide. Germany had also lost their captain, Kohler, after just 14 minutes with a tournament-ending injury, although his successor to the armband, Mattias Sammer, would rise to the responsibility by leading the team to silverware.

It was not all plain sailing, however, and had Pavel Nedvěd not passed up the chance to score a first international goal on two occasions, the outcome may have differed. As it was, Möller doubled Germany's lead with just over half an hour played, finishing a 40-metre run with a low drive.

The second half was more of a holding operation, the Czechs looking more purposeful for the introduction of Patrik Berger. However, it was the two-time European champions who came closest to adding to their tally – Kouba denying Thomas Helmer and Hässler, and Nedvěd clearing another Ziege effort off the line. It was a match which left very few predicting that these sides would meet again in the final.

Last updated: 19/01/12 13.55CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
KöpkeAndreas Köpke
1
KoubaPetr Kouba
2
ReuterStefan Reuter
Yellow Card69
2
LátalRadoslav Látal
5
HelmerThomas Helmer
3
SuchopárekJan Suchopárek
6
SammerMatthias Sammer
4
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
Yellow Card45
7
MöllerAndreas Möller
Goal32
Yellow Card58
5
KadlecMiroslav Kadlec (C)
Yellow Card67
9
BobicFredi Bobic
Substitution65
7
NěmecJiří Němec
10
HässlerThomas Hässler
Yellow Card77
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
Substitution46
11
KuntzStefan Kuntz
Yellow Card52
Substitution83
9
KukaPavel Kuka
15
KohlerJürgen Kohler (C)
Substitution14
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
Substitution46
17
ZiegeChristian Ziege
Goal26
Yellow Card28
13
BejblRadek Bejbl
Yellow Card19
21
EiltsDieter Eilts
15
HorňákMichal Horňák

Substitutes

3
BodeMarco Bode
6
NěmečekVáclav Němeček
8
SchollMehmet Scholl
10
DrulákRadek Drulák
Substitution46
Yellow Card67
12
KahnOliver Kahn
12
KubíkLuboš Kubík
14
BabbelMarkus Babbel
Substitution14
Yellow Card59
14
BergerPatrik Berger
Substitution46
16
SchneiderRené Schneider
16
SrníčekPavel Srníček
19
StrunzThomas Strunz
Substitution65
17
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
20
BierhoffOliver Bierhoff
Substitution83
18
KotůlekMartin Kotůlek
22
ReckOliver Reck
19
RadaKarel Rada
20
NovotnýPavel Novotný
21
KerbrMilan Kerbr
22
MaierLadislav Maier

Coach

Berti Vogts (GER) Dusan Uhrin (CZE)

Referee

David R. Elleray (ENG)

Assistant referees

Anthony Bates (ENG), Peter Walton (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Lodge (ENG)

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