The Czech Republic booked their place at UEFA EURO 2008™ with a surprise 3-0 victory over already-qualified Germany in Munich.
First-half goals from Libor Sionko and Marek Matějovský, and a third midway through the second period from Jaroslav Plašil condemned Germany to their first defeat in 24 UEFA European Championship qualifiers, a run stetching back nine years. The hosts, who had earned their finals ticket having drawn in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, relinquished their lead in Group D with the defeat.
Midfielder Sionko gave Karel Brückner's men the perfect start with just two minutes gone. Plašil's looping pass from outside the area sprung the Germany offside trap and found Jan Koller, who laid the ball into the path of the onrushing Sionko to slot past Timo Hildebrand. Matějovský then doubled the advantage on 23 minutes after evading the attentions of both Torsten Frings and Christoph Metzelder before chipping Hildebrand into the far left-hand corner of the net.
Germany's first opportunity came three minutes later but Bastian Schweinsteiger's long-distance shot sailed wide, shortly before Kevin Kuranyi missed two headed chances. Schweinsteiger continued to probe and brought two fine saves out of Petr Čech before the visitors sealed the points and their qualification with a break-away goal on 63 minutes. Plašil collected a long cross from Daniel Pudil and beat Hildebrand to finish off a well-worked Czech Republic move and inflict Joachim Löw's first competitive defeat as Germany coach.