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Czechs upset Germany to reach finals

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.58CET
Germany 0-3 Czech Republic
Karel Brückner's men booked their UEFA EURO 2008™ ticket with a surprise win over already-qualified hosts.
Czechs upset Germany to reach finals
The Czech Republic celebrate Jaroslav Plašil's strike ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyCzech Republic

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
1
Corners6
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.58CET

Czechs upset Germany to reach finals

Germany 0-3 Czech Republic
Karel Brückner's men booked their UEFA EURO 2008™ ticket with a surprise win over already-qualified hosts.

The Czech Republic booked their place at UEFA EURO 2008™ with a surprise 3-0 victory over already-qualified Germany in Munich.

Notable defeat
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.

Ideal start
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.

Löw low
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.

Last updated: 18/10/07 10.27CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

12
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK) (C)
2
JansenMarcell Jansen
5
KováčRadoslav Kováč
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
22
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
17
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
Substitution46
12
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
7
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution65
4
GalásekTomáš Galásek
8
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
2
PudilDaniel Pudil
Substitution73
28
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Substitution46
7
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský
Goal23
22
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
17
SionkoLibor Sionko
Goal2
Substitution58
31
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
20
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Goal63
20
PodolskiLukas Podolski
Yellow Card46
9
KollerJan Koller
Substitution79

Substitutes

23
EnkeRobert Enke (GK)
16
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
24
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
8
FeninMartin Fenin
Substitution79
27
FritzClemens Fritz
Substitution46
11
VlčekStanislav Vlček
Substitution58
32
GomezMario Gomez
Substitution65
13
ŠimůnekJan Šimůnek
35
CastroGonzalo Castro
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím
37
HelmesPatrick Helmes
18
KuličMarek Kulič
Substitution73
38
RolfesSimon Rolfes
Substitution46
19
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný

Coach

Joachim Löw (GER) Karel Brückner (CZE)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Peter Kirkup (ENG), Philip Sharp (ENG)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

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