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France through after edging Czech thriller

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.53CET
Czech Republic 1-2 France
Youri Djorkaeff's goal decided an enthralling game that took France through and sealed the Czechs' exit.
France through after edging Czech thriller
Thierry Henry clips in France's opening goal ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.53CET

France through after edging Czech thriller

Czech Republic 1-2 France
Youri Djorkaeff's goal decided an enthralling game that took France through and sealed the Czechs' exit.

Goals from Thierry Henry and Youri Djorkaeff took France through to the quarter-finals with a game to spare, in the process consigning EURO '96 runners-up Czech Republic to elimination.

A shaky start from France looked long forgotten when Henry broke the deadlock on seven minutes, but doubts resurfaced when Karel Poborský's penalty levelled matters ten minutes before the break. The world champions restored their lead on the hour when Djorkaeff powered in a shot after Henry got the better of Tomáš Řepka in a goalmouth tussle and poked the ball to his team-mate.

In an enthralling Group D encounter the Czechs were not done, and Jan Koller glanced a header off the top of the crossbar. Laurent Blanc headed wastefully wide at the other end but as the game neared its conclusion, they were pushing forward more in hope than expectation. France duly held on and join next opponents the Netherlands in the last eight; the Czech Republic meet Denmark with only the pride of third to play for.

The outlook was decidedly rosier in the early stages as France's back line, with Vincent Candela preferred to Bixente Lizarazu on the left, creaked alarmingly. Fabien Barthez parried Pavel Nedvěd's drive and Koller headed Jiří Němec's cross just wide, as the Czechs – so unlucky to lose their opening game to the Netherlands – burst out of the blocks.

Again, however, they were architects of their own downfall. Petr Gabriel, who conceded the last-minute penalty against the Oranje, played a back pass straight into the path of Henry and the Arsenal FC striker raced clear to poke the ball in. It was a sledgehammer blow, and Henry almost increased France's advantage on 19 minutes after being released by Zinédine Zidane but he side-footed wide.

It was splendid, end-to-end football and before half-time the Czech Republic were level as Vladimír Šmicer capitalised on an Emmanuel Petit error and released Nedvěd. The midfielder was brought down by a dual challenge led by Didier Deschamps and, from the resulting spot kick, Poborský slammed in. Poborský also shaved the post as a fantastic first half of fire, passion and skill reached a glorious crescendo.

The players exited to a standing ovation and picked up where they left off on the resumption. It took a marvellous Barthez save to deny Nedvěd after more good work from Šmicer but the goal from Djorkaeff, a half-time substitute, left the Czech Republic's hopes hanging by a thread. The Netherlands' subsequent win against Denmark severed it completely.

Last updated: 18/01/12 15.46CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

France

France

1
SrníčekPavel Srníček (GK)
16
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka
2
CandelaVincent Candela
4
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
4
VieiraPatrick Vieira
7
NěmecJiří Němec (C)
Yellow Card67
5
BlancLaurent Blanc
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
Goal35
7
DeschampsDidier Deschamps (C)
10
KollerJan Koller
8
DesaillyMarcel Desailly
11
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution62
9
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution55
13
BejblRadek Bejbl
Substitution49
10
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
17
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
12
HenryThierry Henry
Goal7
Substitution89
19
RadaKarel Rada
15
ThuramLilian Thuram
Yellow Card62
21
GabrielPetr Gabriel
Yellow Card14
Substitution46
17
PetitEmmanuel Petit
Substitution46

Substitutes

16
MaierLadislav Maier (GK)
1
LamaBernard Lama (GK)
22
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
22
RaméUlrich Ramé (GK)
5
FukalMilan Fukal
Substitution46
3
LizarazuBixente Lizarazu
12
LokvencVratislav Lokvenc
Substitution49
6
DjorkaeffYouri Djorkaeff
Substitution46
Goal60
15
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Substitution62
Yellow Card69
11
PirèsRobert Pirès
6
VlčekPetr Vlček
13
WiltordSylvain Wiltord
Substitution89
9
KukaPavel Kuka
14
MicoudJohan Micoud
14
HorváthPavel Horváth
18
LeboeufFrank Leboeuf
18
NovotnýJiří Novotný
19
KarembeuChristian Karembeu
20
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
21
DugarryChristophe Dugarry
Substitution55

Coach

Jozef Chovanec (CZE) Roger Lemerre (FRA)

Referee

Graham Poll (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Edward Foley (IRL)

Fourth official

Hugh Dallas (SCO)

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