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Czechs close in on finals place

Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.20CET
Czech Republic 1-0 Republic of Ireland Marek Jankulovski's well-worked early strike gave the home side this crucial Group D victory against Ireland.
Czechs close in on finals place
Marek Jankulovski is mobbed after scoring the Czech Republic's winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Czech RepublicRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners5
 
5
Fouls committed19
 
19
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.20CET

Czechs close in on finals place

Czech Republic 1-0 Republic of Ireland Marek Jankulovski's well-worked early strike gave the home side this crucial Group D victory against Ireland.

A well-worked early goal from Marek Jankulovski gave the Czech Republic a crucial win against ten-man Republic of Ireland as Karel Brückner's side closed in on a place at UEFA EURO 2008™.

Jankulovski joy
The home team kicked off with a three-point cushion over their visitors in second place in Group D and AC Milan full-back Jankulovski combined with Jaroslav Plašil in the 15th minute to score what proved to be the only goal of the game. The visitors pressed for an equaliser, Kevin Doyle twice going close, but the dismissal of substitute Stephen Hunt left them with too much to do. A home game against section leaders Germany on 13 October is their next challenge while the Czechs face the same opponents four days later.

Quickfire start
The hosts were quickly into their stride at the Sparta Stadium, Libor Sionko's shot deflecting wide but a breakthrough was not long in coming, Jankulovski exchanging passes with Plašil and skipping past Richard Dunne to drill in. Sionko spurned another presentable opportunity and Ireland finally began to exert some pressure of their own, Dunne exploiting a Sionko miskick to play Doyle in on goal and the Reading FC striker guided his left-foot shot beyond Petr Čech only for the post to come to the goalkeeper's rescue.

Hunt off
The second half began in similar fashion to the first, Milan Baroš curling wide before Tomáš Rosický was denied by a fine stop from Shay Given. Ireland's hopes were further undermined by the 61st-minute dismissal of Hunt for a challenge on Jan Polák, although a swift counterattack then gave Doyle another glimpse of goal but this time his shot flashed past the far post. The visitors came even closer moments later as Čech failed to gather a free-kick and David Rozehnal had to turn Dunne's effort off the line but the Czechs held out.

Last updated: 13/09/07 10.53CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
Yellow Card45+3
2
KellyStephen Kelly
Yellow Card36
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
4
McShanePaul McShane
Yellow Card29
5
KováčRadoslav Kováč
5
DunneRichard Dunne
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
Goal15
Yellow Card90
3
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution38
17
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution74
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution62
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
Substitution46
6
CarsleyLee Carsley
Substitution82
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
8
A ReidAndy Reid
3
PolákJan Polák
Yellow Card45+3
11
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Yellow Card59
Substitution89
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Yellow Card89

Substitutes

16
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
16
ColganNicky Colgan (GK)
7
SivokTomáš Sivok
Substitution46
Yellow Card84
12
HuntStephen Hunt
Substitution38
Red Card61
11
VlčekStanislav Vlček
Substitution74
14
KeoghAndrew Keogh
Substitution82
12
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
15
DouglasJonathan Douglas
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím
Substitution89
17
GibsonDarron Gibson
18
KuličMarek Kulič
18
LongShane Long
Substitution62
Yellow Card90+2
30
DošekLibor Došek
19
MurphyDaryl Murphy

Coach

Karel Brückner (CZE) Steve Staunton (IRL)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Christos Gennaios (GRE)

Fourth official

Mechalis Germanakos (GRE)

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