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Hard work pays off for Czechs

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007
San Marino 0-3 Czech Republic The visitors were made to toil by ten-man San Marino for a victory that consolidated second place in qualifying Group D.
Hard work pays off for Czechs
Tomáš Rosický is mobbed by his team-mates after his opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

San MarinoCzech Republic

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target3
 
12
Attempts off target1
 
8
Corners3
 
13
Fouls committed16
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 9 September 2007

Hard work pays off for Czechs

San Marino 0-3 Czech Republic The visitors were made to toil by ten-man San Marino for a victory that consolidated second place in qualifying Group D.

The Czech Republic picked up the expected win in San Marino which consolidated second place in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group D but they were made to work by their hosts.

Victory earned
Tomáš Rosický scrambled in the opening goal but Marek Jankulovski and Jan Koller only settled matters in the second half after Alessandro Della Valle had been sent off for San Marino. The Czech Republic remain five points behind Germany but Slovakia's late equaliser against the Republic of Ireland leaves Karel Brückner's side with a three-point cushion over the team they welcome to Prague on Wednesday.

Czechs ahead
San Marino almost took a shock lead on two minutes when Petr Čech was forced to save by Carlo Valentini, and Andy Selva made the Chelsea FC goalkeeper work soon after. The visitors counterattacked and won a corner which Rosický sent on to the head of Koller but San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini cleared the danger. Fabio Bollini then became the next player to test Čech, before Sammarinese dreams of a first UEFA European Championship point began to fade. Simoncini denied Marek Kulič and Martin Fenin, yet was finally beaten on 33 minutes when he got a fist to a Kulič effort only to see Rosický head in.

Points secured
The Czech Republic pushed for a second goal after the break and Koller nodded over before David Jarolím shot straight at Simoncini. Their task was made easier when Della Valle was shown a yellow card for a foul, then immediately booked again for dissent on 64 minutes. San Marino eventually succumbed once more when Jankulovski fired in a free-kick with 15 minutes remaining. Koller headed in a late third from substitute Stanislav Vlček's cross and a victory against Ireland in midweek would leave the Czech Republic within sight of the finals.

Last updated: 08/09/07 23.07CET

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Lineups

San Marino

San Marino

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
A. SimonciniAldo Simoncini (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
3
VannucciDamiano Vannucci
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
4
D. SimonciniDavide Simoncini
Yellow Card52
5
KováčRadoslav Kováč
5
Ales. Della ValleAlessandro Della Valle
Yellow Card31
Red Card65
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Goal75
6
G. BolliniGianluca Bollini
Substitution85
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
Substitution82
7
BugliMatteo Bugli
Substitution67
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
Goal33
8
F. BolliniFabio Bollini
Substitution58
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím
Substitution69
9
MaraniManuel Marani
18
KuličMarek Kulič
Substitution56
10
SelvaAndy Selva (C)
8
FeninMartin Fenin
11
BoniniGiovanni Bonini
9
KollerJan Koller
Yellow Card61
Goal90+3

Substitutes

12
F. ValentiniFederico Valentini (GK)
23
VaniakMartin Vaniak (GK)
13
AndreiniMatteo Andreini
Substitution58
12
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
14
BenedettiniGiacomo Benedettini
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Substitution82
15
CiacciNicola Ciacci
3
PolákJan Polák
Substitution69
16
MariottiPaolo Mariotti
Substitution85
7
SivokTomáš Sivok
17
F. NanniFederico Nanni
11
VlčekStanislav Vlček
Substitution56
18
F. VitaioliFabio Vitaioli
Substitution67
17
SionkoLibor Sionko

Coach

Giampaolo Mazza (SMR) Karel Brückner (CZE)

Referee

Dejan Filipovic (SRB)

Assistant referees

Igor Radojčić (SRB), Borislav Kasanski (SRB)

Fourth official

Dragomir Stanković (SRB)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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