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Germany hopes ended by perfect Czechs

Published: Thursday 24 June 2004, 0.54CET
Germany 1-2 Czech Republic
Goals in each half from Marek Heinz and Milan Baroš knocked Germany out of UEFA EURO 2004.
by Matthew Spiro
from Estádio José Alvalade
Germany hopes ended by perfect Czechs
Milan Baroš celebrates his goal against Germany ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyCzech Republic

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
6
Attempts off target7
 
2
Corners9
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 24 June 2004, 0.54CET

Germany hopes ended by perfect Czechs

Germany 1-2 Czech Republic
Goals in each half from Marek Heinz and Milan Baroš knocked Germany out of UEFA EURO 2004.

Germany crashed out of UEFA EURO 2004 after losing to an under-strength Czech Republic side. The Czechs, who maintained their 100% record, came from behind with goals from Marek Heinz and Milan Baroš.

Michael Ballack opened the scoring on 21 minutes to steady the nerves of a Germany side needing victory to be sure of a place in the last eight. Yet Heinz equalised with a superb free-kick and when Baroš added a second after sustained second-half pressure from Germany, the hopes of Rudi Völler's side had ended.

Having already secured top spot in Group D, the Czech Republic rested several players with Sunday's quarter-final against Denmark in mind. In total there were nine changes from the team that beat the Netherlands, with Heinz and Vratislav Lokvenc paired in attack, and midfield trio Stepán Vachoušek, Jaroslav Plašil and Roman Týce all handed the chance to shine.

Germany made just two changes, with Bastian Schweinsteiger coming in, while Jens Nowotny returned as a sweeper behind defenders Christian Wörns and Arne Friedrich. Despite needing to win to be sure of a place in the last eight, Germany started with Kevin Kuranyi as a lone striker.

The game was scrappy in the opening stages, with both sides giving possession away cheaply. René Bolf had to be alert to head Schneider's cross behind, while at the other end Týce's free-kick sailed over the crossbar. Germany's midfield began to find its rhythm and Ballack was unlucky to see his deflected shot loop over Jaromír Blažek and onto the roof of the net in the 20th minute.

Ballack did not have to wait long to make amends, however. Bernd Schneider robbed Plašil on the left and delivered a low cross that was laid off by Schweinsteiger into the path of Ballack who crashed his left-foot volley into the top corner.

Germany took heart and Schneider was soon testing Blazek again before Kuranyi saw his powerful drive charged down by Bolf, but the VfB Stuttgart striker frequently found himself isolated in attack. The Czech Republic appeared to be in need of some inspiration and they got just that from Heinz on the half-hour. The FC Baník Ostrava forward won a free-kick 30 metres out, then dispatched a sumptuous left-foot shot into the top corner.

Lukas Podolski was sent on to offer Kuranyi support, but Germany almost fell behind a minute into the second half. Nowotny's pass was intercepted by Heinz whose cross picked out Lokvenc, but his left-foot volley was straight at Oliver Kahn.

With the Netherlands heading for victory against Latvia, Germany knew only a win would do and began attacking with urgency. Schneider cut in from the right and whipped in a shot that was tipped over by Blažek, then Ballack directed a header straight at the goalkeeper.

All Germany's best moves were coming through Ballack and he was unlucky not to score a second on 66 minutes, latching onto Philipp Lahm's pass and cutting inside before hitting a low shot that bounced out off the near post. The rebound fell for Schneider but he shot wide.

The Germany pressure mounted, with Schneider, Podolski and Kuranyi all going close with headers before Baroš put the Czechs ahead 13 minutes from time. Racing onto a pass from Heinz, Baroš held off Wörns and, after seeing his first shot saved by Kahn, swept the rebound into the empty net.

Last updated: 12/01/12 11.21CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
16
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
3
MarešPavel Mareš
4
WörnsChristian Wörns
Yellow Card83
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek (C)
Substitution46
5
NowotnyJens Nowotny
Yellow Card38
5
BolfRené Bolf
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution86
12
LokvencVratislav Lokvenc
Substitution59
8
HamannDietmar Hamann
Substitution79
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
10
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Goal21
18
HeinzMarek Heinz
Goal30
19
SchneiderBernd Schneider
19
TýceRoman Týce
Yellow Card48
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
Yellow Card74
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Substitution70
22
FringsTorsten Frings
Substitution46
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal

Substitutes

12
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
23
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
23
KinskýAntonín Kinský (GK)
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution79
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
Substitution70
16
JeremiesJens Jeremies
Substitution86
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Substitution59
Goal77
20
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Substitution46
17
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Substitution46
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
6
BaumannFrank Baumann
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
9
BobicFredi Bobic
7
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
14
BrdaricThomas Brdaric
9
KollerJan Koller
15
KehlSebastian Kehl
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický
17
ZiegeChristian Ziege
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
18
ErnstFabian Ernst
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši

Coach

Rudolf Völler (GER) Karel Brückner (CZE)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Ole Hermann Borgan (NOR)

Fourth official

Stuart Dougal (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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