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Koller clinches last-gasp win

Published: Saturday 11 October 2003, 21.30CET
Austria 2-3 Czech Republic Jan Koller's late goal ensured the Group 3 winners signed off in style.

Match statistics

AustriaCzech Republic

Goals scored2
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Saturday 11 October 2003, 21.30CET

Koller clinches last-gasp win

Austria 2-3 Czech Republic Jan Koller's late goal ensured the Group 3 winners signed off in style.

Jan Koller's stoppage-time goal ensured the Czech Republic concluded their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign with a 3-2 defeat of ten-man Austria in the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna.

Confidence high
The Czech team had done enough to reach the final tournament in Portugal next summer before kick-off and, on a run of 17 matches without a loss, went into the encounter brimming with the confidence of a side in form. Austria, meanwhile, entertained no chance of qualification and finished the section in third position in the standings.

Admirable spirit
The hosts, nevertheless, showed admirable spirit despite the fact that their opponents seized the early initiative, taking control in the sixth minute when Marek Hein's reflex shot cannoned off the post after a save from Thomas Mandl fell neatly into his path.

Jankulovski opener
Midfield player Marek Jankulovski proved a more than capable stand-in striker in the absence of Vladimír Šmicer and Milan Baroš, putting his side ahead after 27 minutes. Austria found themselves on the back foot after the goal and barely created a dangerous opening in the remainder of the half.

Different script
In the second half, however, the match took on a different complexion. The home team, looking increasingly lively and combative, equalised in the 51st minute when striker Mario Haas latched on to a long ball from midfield and slotted past goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Frenetic pace
From that moment on the encounter was played at a frenetic pace, with both teams pouring forward in search of victory. Although Austria were left a man short when Markus Schopp received a second yellow card for a late tackle on Jankulovski, they took the lead in the 77th minute through Andreas Ivanschitz.

Vachousek leveller
The visitors, however, drew level two minutes later with a goal from Stepan Vachousek and the strike infused them with the enthusiasm to settle the match, the inspirational Pavel Nedved storming down the left to feed Koller, who made no mistake from an unmarked position inside the area.

Usual suspects
Austria midfield player Mario Schopp claimed that it was the Czech Republic's big names who proved the difference. "We saw the class of Nedved and Koller, who fought until the last minute," he said.

Last updated: 09/05/12 15.43CET

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Lineups

Austria

Austria

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
MandlThomas Mandl (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
StandfestJoachim Standfest
Yellow Card52
2
PetroušAdam Petrouš
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
Yellow Card54
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
4
HidenMartin Hiden
Yellow Card61
5
BolfRené Bolf
5
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Goal26
Substitution84
6
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
8
HeinzMarek Heinz
Substitution69
7
SchoppMarkus Schopp
Red Card65
10
ŠtajnerJiří Štajner
8
FlögelThomas Flögel (C)
Substitution69
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd (C)
Yellow Card89
9
GliederEdi Glieder
Substitution69
12
LokvencVratislav Lokvenc
10
IvanschitzAndreas Ivanschitz
Goal78
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Goal79
11
HaasMario Haas
Goal50
Substitution77
15
JiránekMartin Jiránek
Substitution42

Substitutes

12
PayerHelge Payer (GK)
16
KinskýAntonín Kinský (GK)
13
DospelErnst Dospel
Substitution69
9
KollerJan Koller
Substitution69
Goal90+2
14
WagnerMichael Wagner
Substitution69
13
VoříšekPetr Voříšek
Substitution84
18
LinzRoland Linz
Substitution77
17
TýceRoman Týce
Substitution42
15
DollingerMatthias Dollinger
3
HoleňákMiroslav Holeňák
16
PlassneggerGernot Plassnegger
7
SkácelRudolf Skácel
17
KirchlerRoland Kirchler
18
JohanaPetr Johana

Coach

Johann Hans Krankl (AUT) Karel Brückner (CZE)

Referee

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Groutsis (GRE), Andreas Giakoumis (GRE)

Fourth official

Konstantinos Finokaliotis (GRE)

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