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Lafata stars in Czech late show

Published: Sunday 3 September 2006, 0.49CET
Czech Republic 2-1 Wales
Two debut goals from substitute David Lafata secured a dramatic Group D victory for the home side in Teplice.
Lafata stars in Czech late show
David Lafata had a fine night in Teplice ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Czech RepublicWales

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
2
Corners7
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
9
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 3 September 2006, 0.49CET

Lafata stars in Czech late show

Czech Republic 2-1 Wales
Two debut goals from substitute David Lafata secured a dramatic Group D victory for the home side in Teplice.

Czech Republic striker David Lafata enjoyed a remarkable introduction to international football with two goals on his debut to secure victory in a dramatic UEFA EURO 2008™ Group D qualifier against Wales.

Dramatic double
The Czechs failed to find their fluency against a well-organised Wales side, for whom Craig Bellamy had several opportunities, but finally broke through 14 minutes from time when Lafata – who had come on less than 60 seconds before – nodded in Libor Sionko's cross from close range. Martin Jiránek then turned David Cotterill's centre past Petr Čech to restore parity with five minutes remaining and seemingly earn the visitors a draw, but Lafata bounced a low shot past Paul Jones to claim all three the points.

Bellamy chances
Jones had been called upon to block Marek Kulič's early effort after the striker had sprung the offside trap, but Wales might easily have taken the lead seven minutes later, Čech dropping Ryan Giggs's left-wing cross to the feet of Bellamy only for the forward to blaze over. Bellamy had another glorious chance on the half-hour, latching on to a long Giggs pass. Čech initially thwarted the No7 but Bellamy beat the keeper at the second attempt only to send his left-foot effort wide.

Lafata dream
Tomáš Rosický curled a shot at Jones before playing a clever one-two with Jan Koller at the start of the second period before driving past the post. Bellamy's pace meant the visitors always threatened on the break, however, and the No7 evaded the attentions of two defenders before rattling the right-hand post. Seconds later, though, Lafata struck the opener. Wales refused to concede defeat, Cotterill linking up with fellow replacement Robert Earnshaw to create the equaliser as the luckless Jiránek prodded past his own keeper. Yet Sionko then set up Lafata for the decisive intervention in the final minute. The Czechs visit Slovakia on Wednesday, with Wales entertaining the same opponents on 7 October.

Last updated: 03/09/06 13.54CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Wales

Wales

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
Paul JonesPaul Jones (GK)
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
Substitution88
2
DelaneyMark Delaney
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
3
RickettsSam Ricketts
8
ŠtajnerJiří Štajner
Substitution46
4
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon
9
KollerJan Koller
5
CollinsJames Collins
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
6
RobinsonCarl Robinson
Yellow Card77
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
Goal85
7
BellamyCraig Bellamy
18
KuličMarek Kulič
Substitution75
8
FletcherCarl Fletcher
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
9
NyatangaLewin Nyatanga
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
10
DaviesSimon Davies
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
11
GiggsRyan Giggs (C)

Substitutes

23
KinskýAntonín Kinský (GK)
21
BrownJason Brown (GK)
5
KováčRadoslav Kováč
Substitution88
12
CotterrillDavid Cotterrill
7
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution46
14
VaughanDavid Vaughan
11
LafataDavid Lafata
Substitution75
Goal76
Goal89
15
LedleyJoe Ledley
12
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský
16
EdwardsRobert Edwards
17
SivokTomáš Sivok
17
DuffyRichard Duffy
19
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
18
EarnshawRob Earnshaw

Coach

Karel Brückner (CZE) John Toshack (WAL)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Ingemar Larsson (SWE), Peter Ekström (SWE)

Fourth official

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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