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Dellas delight stuns Czech Republic

Published: Friday 2 July 2004, 0.52CET
Greece 1-0 Czech Republic (aet)
A silver goal from defender Traianos Dellas eliminated the Czech Republic at the semi-final stage.
by Mark Chaplin
from Estádio do Dragão
Dellas delight stuns Czech Republic
Traianos Dellas (left) celebrates his winning goal with team-mate Konstantinos Katsouranis ©AFP

Match statistics

GreeceCzech Republic

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
9
Corners4
 
8
Fouls committed16
 
27
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 2 July 2004, 0.52CET

Dellas delight stuns Czech Republic

Greece 1-0 Czech Republic (aet)
A silver goal from defender Traianos Dellas eliminated the Czech Republic at the semi-final stage.

Greece continued their incredible march to UEFA EURO 2004 glory with this absorbing semi-final triumph, Traianos Dellas heading in the silver goal in added time at the end of the first half of extra time.

The Czech Republic came close to the victory so many had predicted, Tomáš Rosický volleying against the woodwork inside two minutes. But Otto Rehhagel's dogged side, 80-1 outsiders before the finals, dug in again and then, when it was least expected, came the counter. Vassilios Tsiartas swung over a corner, and Dellas nipped in to steer in a header at the near post and send the Greeks and their fans into ecstasy.

The Czechs sank – how different things might have panned out if Rosický had found the net? They maintained the early pressure after that, Nikopolidis beating away Marek Jankulovski's fierce drive for a corner moments later. Greece finally broke out, with Georgios Karagounis able to test Petr Čech with a free-kick, and the underdogs slowly settled down after a nervous opening to the match.

It became a tight contest between the Czechs' superior technique and Greece's industry and commitment. Nikopolidis had to dive at Pavel Nedvěd's feet to halt a mazy run then made a brilliant save to deny Jankulovski as Karel Brückner's men resumed control, though the loss of Nedvěd through injury curtailed them.

On came Vladimír Šmicer, assuming a role on the left of midfield with Rosický taking over playmaker responsibilities – not that they were initially needed in a tense, foul-ridden opening to the second half. Slowly the Czechs upped the ante, Karel Poborský curling a free-kick wide, Baroš inadvertently blocking Jan Koller's header and then Rosický missing the target from 20 metres.

The stalemate persisted, and it looked increasingly like a single goal would settle the game. Vryzas almost did the trick but his header was straight at Čech from a Karagounis free-kick. At the other end Poborský's audacious lob sailed over and Koller shot wide when unmarked in front of goal before Baroš wriggled through the Greek defence only to curl his effort wide of the far post as the Czechs pressed for a late winner.

But Greece, who saw Karagounis pick up an 87th-minute booking that would rule him out of the final, held on to force extra time. And then they awoke, all fresh legs, pushing forward constantly. Stelios Giannakopoulos and Dellas both tested Čech with headers before the goalkeeper was beaten with a goal that sent more than 100,000 people onto Athens' Omonia Square in celebration, while ex-pats stopped traffic in Sydney, Australia. Imagine what a final victory would do?

Last updated: 11/01/12 14.35CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
Yellow Card23
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
Goal105+1 ET
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
Yellow Card48
6
BasinasAngelos Basinas
Substitution72
5
BolfRené Bolf
7
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis (C)
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
9
CharisteasAngelos Charisteas
Yellow Card70
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský
14
FyssasTakis Fyssas
9
KollerJan Koller
15
VryzasZisis Vryzas
Substitution91 ET
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický
19
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd (C)
Substitution40
20
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Yellow Card87
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Yellow Card102 ET
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši

Substitutes

12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
16
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
13
KatergiannakisFanis Katergiannakis (GK)
23
KinskýAntonín Kinský (GK)
8
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution72
7
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution40
Yellow Card55
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
Substitution91 ET
3
MarešPavel Mareš
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
12
LokvencVratislav Lokvenc
4
DabizasNikos Dabizas
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
16
KafesPantelis Kafes
17
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
17
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
18
HeinzMarek Heinz
18
GoumasGiannis Goumas
19
TýceRoman Týce
22
PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal

Coach

Otto-Heinz Rehhagel (GER) Karel Brückner (CZE)

Referee

Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marco Ivaldi (ITA), Narciso Pisacreta (ITA)

Fourth official

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

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