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Late Šmicer strike sends Czechs through

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.20CET
Russia 3-3 Czech Republic
The Czech Republic surrendered a two-goal lead to be on the brink of elimination before Vladimír Šmicer's intervention two minutes from time.
Late Šmicer strike sends Czechs through
Vladimír Šmicer (left) scored the Czech Republic's late equaliser ©Getty Images

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Goals scored3
 
3
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.20CET

Late Šmicer strike sends Czechs through

Russia 3-3 Czech Republic
The Czech Republic surrendered a two-goal lead to be on the brink of elimination before Vladimír Šmicer's intervention two minutes from time.

Substitute Vladimír Šmicer struck two minutes from time to cap an extraordinary game and send the Czech Republic through to the quarter-finals by the skin of their teeth.

Goals from Jan Suchopárek and Pavel Kuka sent Dušan Uhrin's team racing into a two-goal lead at Anfield, but Russia – still not mathematically out of contention for second spot in Group C – launched a superb fightback. Aleksandr Mostovoi and Omari Tetradze drew them level soon after the interval before Vladimir Beschastnykh put them in front with five minutes left. With Italy drawing 0-0 against Germany, it was set to be the Azzurri who went through alongside Berti Vogts' men; then came Šmicer's dramatic intervention.

That such a late rescue act was required looked hugely unlikely at half-time. Suchoparek eased Czech nerves just five minutes in when he headed in a corner, with Kuka pouncing on Stanislav Cherchesov's hesitation to double their advantage 19 minutes. Their lead could have been insurmountable had they not also been twice denied by the woodwork prior to Russia's most unexpected comeback.

Mostovoi's header and Tetradze's close-range shot made it 2-2 before the Czechs were again rebuffed by the frame of Cherchesov's goal. Indeed, their luck seemed to have run out once and for all when Beschastnykh's tremendous long shot put them behind and Italy in pole position. But the seesaw still had time to swing once more, Šmicer latching on to Luboš Kubík's pass and finishing into the bottom corner for his first international goal; it was unlikely he would ever score a more important one.

Last updated: 23/01/12 14.42CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

12
CherchesovStanislav Cherchesov (GK)
1
KoubaPetr Kouba (GK)
2
TetradzeOmari Tetradze
Goal54
2
LátalRadoslav Látal
3
NikiforovYuri Nikiforov
Yellow Card5
3
SuchopárekJan Suchopárek
Goal5
4
TsymbalarIlya Tsymbalar
Yellow Card28
Substitution67
4
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
Yellow Card60
6
KarpinValeri Karpin (C)
7
NěmecJiří Němec
Yellow Card77
9
KolyvanovIgor Kolyvanov
Substitution46
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
16
SimutenkovIgor Simutenkov
Substitution46
9
KukaPavel Kuka
Goal19
Substitution69
18
YanovskiIgor Yanovski
Yellow Card61
12
KubíkLuboš Kubík
19
RadimovVladislav Radimov
Yellow Card26
13
BejblRadek Bejbl
20
GorlukovichSergei Gorlukovich
14
BergerPatrik Berger
Substitution90
21
KhokhlovDmitri Khokhlov
15
HorňákMichal Horňák

Substitutes

1
KharineDmitri Kharine (GK)
6
NěmečekVáclav Němeček
Substitution90
8
KanchelskisAndrei Kanchelskis
10
DrulákRadek Drulák
10
MostovoiAleksandr Mostovoi
Substitution46
Goal49
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
14
DobrovolskiIgor Dobrovolski
16
SrníčekPavel Srníček (GK)
15
ShalimovIgor Shalimov
Substitution67
17
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution69
Goal88
17
BeschastnykhVladimir Beschastnykh
Substitution46
Goal85
18
KotůlekMartin Kotůlek
22
OvchinnikovSergei Ovchinnikov (GK)
19
RadaKarel Rada
20
NovotnýPavel Novotný
21
KerbrMilan Kerbr
22
MaierLadislav Maier (GK)

Coach

Oleg Romantsev (RUS) Dusan Uhrin (CZE)

Referee

Anders Frisk (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mikael Nilsson (SWE), Sten Samuelsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Morgan Norman (SWE)

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