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Czechs recover to maintain pace

Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.40CET
Belarus 1-3 Czech Republic Karel Brückner is left praising his forwards after the Czechs fight back.

Match statistics

BelarusCzech Republic

Goals scored1
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.40CET

Czechs recover to maintain pace

Belarus 1-3 Czech Republic Karel Brückner is left praising his forwards after the Czechs fight back.

The Czech Republic will enter their key UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against the Netherlands on Wednesday high on confidence after coming from behind to defeat Belarus 3-1 in Minsk and extend their unbeaten run to seven matches in Group 7.

Surprise opener
Karel Brückner's side have played some superb football in a section they will win if they overcome the Dutch in Prague, after the two sides drew in Rotterdam in March. Pavel Nedved, Vladimír Šmicer and Milan Baroš all scored for the Czechs, who fell behind to Vitali Bulyha's opening strike.

Debut goal
It was an attacking match from the start, with Belarus looking for points to avoid finishing bottom of the group. The home side were rewarded for their adventure in the 14th minute when Bulhya marked his first appearance for his country with a headed goal. The Czechs almost responded immediately, Nedved's stinging drive deserving better than to strike a post.

Disallowed strike
Jan Koller was next to go close for the visitors, the tall striker causing havoc in the Belarus area before heading the ball in, only for Scottish referee Thomas McCurry to disallow it for foul play by the BV Borussia Dortmund forward. Yet the Czechs were not having it all their own way, Belarus going close through Sergei Gurenko and Maksim Romashchenko.

Dynamo duo missing
Nedved did not follow suit, the Juventus FC playmaker equalising with a superb, curling free-kick from 25 metres in the 37th minute. Baroš missed two chances to put the Czechs ahead, while Vitali Kutusov did likewise for a Belarus side missing two of their best players, the FC Dynamo Kyiv midfield duo of Valentin Belkevich and Aleksandr Khatskevich.

Liverpool connection
The second half was all about the Czechs, with the Liverpool FC connection of Baroš and Šmicer sealing the result in their country's favour. Šmicer began the move which resulted in the second goal, feeding Karel Poborský whose touch released Baroš to fire in under the crossbar in the 54th minute. With five minutes remaining Šmicer raced on to a Stepan Vachousek through-ball and secured maximum points with a third.

'Poor start'
"Even though we were aware of the strength of the opposition we still made a poor start to the match," said victorious coach Brückner. "We found our momentum later in the half and were able to apply more pressure in the second. We had no choice but to win and thankfully our attacking play was good enough."

Last updated: 30/03/04 16.47CET

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Lineups

Belarus

Belarus

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
TumilovichGennadi Tumilovich
1
ČechPetr Čech
2
KulchiyAleksandr Kulchiy
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
3
OstrovskiAndrei Ostrovski
3
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
4
LukhvichAleksandr Lukhvich
Yellow Card36
5
BolfRené Bolf
5
ShtaniukSergei Shtaniuk
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Yellow Card51
6
GurenkoSergei Gurenko
Substitution82
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
7
RovneikoDmitri Rovneiko
Substitution90+2
9
KollerJan Koller
8
HerashchankaViachaslau Herashchanka
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution83
9
BulygaVitali Bulyga
Goal14
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd (C)
Goal37
11
RomashchenkoMaksim Romashchenko
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Goal54
Substitution66
10
KutuzovVitali Kutuzov
Substitution56
19
TýceRoman Týce
Substitution35

Substitutes

12
KhomutovskiVasili Khomutovski
16
KinskýAntonín Kinský
14
KhrapkouskiAliaksandr Khrapkouski
Substitution90+2
7
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution35
Goal85
16
VolodenkovVitali Volodenkov
Substitution82
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Substitution83
18
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution56
Yellow Card79
17
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Substitution66
13
ChelyadinskiArtyom Chelyadinski
12
LokvencVratislav Lokvenc
15
KavalchukSiarhei Kavalchuk
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
17
VasilyukRoman Vasilyuk
18
ŠtajnerJiří Štajner

Coach

Anatoly Baidaychnyy (BLR) Karel Brückner (CZE)

Referee

Thomas Michael Mccurry (SCO)

Assistant referees

Andy Davis (SCO), Alan Cunningham (SCO)

Fourth official

Charles Joseph Richmond (SCO)

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