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Czechs finish on a high in Cyprus

Published: Thursday 22 November 2007
Cyprus 0-2 Czech Republic
Goals in Nicosia from Daniel Pudil and Jan Koller sealed top spot in Group D for the already qualified Czechs.
Czechs finish on a high in Cyprus
Daniel Pudil (left) put the Czechs ahead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusCzech Republic

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target3
 
8
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners2
 
8
Fouls committed23
 
22
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 22 November 2007

Czechs finish on a high in Cyprus

Cyprus 0-2 Czech Republic
Goals in Nicosia from Daniel Pudil and Jan Koller sealed top spot in Group D for the already qualified Czechs.

The Czech Republic sealed top spot in Group D with this comfortable UEFA EURO 2008™ victory in Cyprus.

Pole position
Daniel Pudil's goal gave the early initiative to Karel Brückner's side, before Jan Koller struck 16 minutes from time to secure the points. The result ensured that the Czechs would finish first in the group because of their better head-to-head record against also-qualified Germany.

Deadlock broken
The breakthrough hardly came against the run of play, as the Czechs had already threatened through Marek Matějovský, Tomáš Galásek and Michal Kadlec. In the event, it arrived via the left foot of 22-year-old midfielder Pudil, who found the bottom corner of Antonis Georgallides's goal from around 30 metres.

Dominance
Georgallides got closer to the next Czech attempts, saving from both Marek Kulič and Matějovský. By way of a first-half reply, Angelos Anastasiadis's team could only offer long-range efforts from Michalis Konstantinou and a wasted Efstathios Aloneftis free-kick.

Doubling up
Second-half substitute Milan Baroš then shot wide before strike partner Koller put the win beyond doubt. The totem connected with Jaroslav Plašil's 74th-minute corner for a headed goal. Georgallides then prevented Plašil turning from creator to scorer, and the Cyprus keeper also denied Martin Fenin late on. The defeat left the islanders with 14 points from their 12 games, 15 fewer than the Czechs.

Last updated: 22/11/07 0.03CET

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