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Baroš leads Czechs through to last four

Published: Monday 28 June 2004, 0.52CET
Czech Republic 3-0 Denmark
Milan Baroš scored twice to inspire the Czechs to a quarter-final win which kept up their 100% record.
by David Farrelly
from Estádio do Dragão
Baroš leads Czechs through to last four
Milan Baroš is ecstatic after scoring for the Czech Republic against Denmark ©AFP

Match statistics

Czech RepublicDenmark

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners7
 
4
Fouls committed22
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Monday 28 June 2004, 0.52CET

Baroš leads Czechs through to last four

Czech Republic 3-0 Denmark
Milan Baroš scored twice to inspire the Czechs to a quarter-final win which kept up their 100% record.

Two second-half goals from Milan Baroš and a Jan Koller header proved too much for Denmark and powered the Czech Republic into the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2004, where they will meet Greece on Thursday.

A scoreless and tense first half did not set the tone for the deluge of goals that followed, but Koller set the Czechs on their way four minutes into the second period when he rose unchallenged to head Karel Poborský's corner past Thomas Sørensen in the Danish goal.

Denmark, now forced into committing more resources into attack, were caught out twice in defence as the Czechs ruthlessly exploited their lapses in concentration. First Poborský curled a low pass through to Baroš who then clipped the ball over the diving Sørensen after 63 minutes. Two minutes later, the game as a contest was over as Baroš ran on to Pavel Nedvěd's through ball and drilled in his fifth goal in four games, making the Liverpool FC striker the tournament's top scorer.

Denmark coach Morten Olsen made three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Sweden. Niclas Jensen, already ruled out having been forced off by an ankle injury five days ago, was again replaced by Kasper Bøgelund. Ebbe Sand's calf injury meant Jon Dahl Tomasson moved into a more attacking role with Claus Jensen entrusted with playmaking responsibilities. Christian Poulsen was brought in to man-mark Nedvěd at Daniel Jensen's expense.

Karel Brückner, who effectively fielded a reserve side in the final Group D game with Germany, made wholesale changes, with only Martin Jiránek, René Bolf and Tomáš Galásek keeping their places in the starting lineup. And the well-rested Czechs, who had won eight consecutive matches in the competition, started brightly. Sørensen was forced into action as early as the third minute when he dived low to his left to gather a Nedvěd free-kick.

Baroš might have done better two minutes later when Tomáš Rosický headed the ball into his path inside the penalty area from another Nedvěd free-kick. Koller then got in on the act, but his header from Poborský's right-wing cross sailed over, before Galásek shot narrowly wide of Sørensen's right-hand post with a low drive from 20 metres.

However, Denmark were not being overrun and responded with two genuine scoring opportunities of their own. First Jensen passed to Poulsen inside the penalty area, and he sidestepped Galásek's sliding challenge only to see his shot blocked by Tomáš Ujfaluši. The same pair combined moments later, but this time Poulsen's header from 15 metres was narrowly wide of Petr Čech's right-hand post from Jensen's free-kick.

The match settled into a midfield stalemate until Poborský burst clear down the right channel in added time at the end of the first half. With Koller in the centre, the midfielder opted to go himself but his cross-shot swung out of play before clipping the crossbar.

Having scored quickly after the restart, the Czechs forced Denmark to become more attack-minded, and Olsen's side were almost rewarded in the 53rd minute, but Tomasson's header was blocked by Marek Jankulovski following some trickery by Martin Jørgensen inside the penalty area.

Czech substitute Zdenek Grygera then blocked Jørgensen's shot on the edge of the box in the 58th minute as the Czechs managed to keep the Danes at bay before Baroš' double strike put the result beyond doubt.

Last updated: 11/01/12 15.30CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Denmark

Denmark

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
2
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
Yellow Card56
5
BolfRené Bolf
Substitution65
3
HenriksenRené Henriksen (C)
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Yellow Card10
4
LaursenMartin Laursen
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
6
HelvegThomas Helveg
9
KollerJan Koller
Goal49
7
GravesenThomas Gravesen
Yellow Card77
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický
8
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution77
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd (C)
Yellow Card61
9
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
Substitution39
10
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
Substitution85
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Goal63
Goal65
Substitution71
14
C. JensenClaus Jensen
Substitution71
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
Yellow Card45
17
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Yellow Card51

Substitutes

16
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
16
Skov-JensenPeter Skov-Jensen (GK)
23
KinskýAntonín Kinský (GK)
22
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
Substitution39
19
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution77
18
HeinzMarek Heinz
Substitution71
21
MadsenPeter Madsen
Substitution71
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
Substitution65
23
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
Substitution85
3
MarešPavel Mareš
5
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
7
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
11
SandEbbe Sand
12
LokvencVratislav Lokvenc
12
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
13
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
17
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
15
JensenDaniel Jensen
19
TýceRoman Týce
18
PriskeBrian Priske
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
20
PerezKenneth Perez

Coach

Karel Brückner (CZE) Morten Olsen (DEN)

Referee

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Yury Dupanau (BLR), Vladimir Eniutin (RUS)

Fourth official

Urs Meier (SUI)

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