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Czech cheer as Jiráček ends Montenegro bid

Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 23.00CET
Montenegro 0-1 Czech Republic (agg: 0-3)
Petr Čech's brilliance in goal and Petr Jiráček's late strike ensured Michal Bílek's visitors won through to their fifth successive EURO.
by Aleksandar Radović
from Stadion Podgorica
Czech cheer as Jiráček ends Montenegro bid
Petr Jiráček celebrates his winning strike in Montenegro ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MontenegroCzech Republic

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts11
 
4
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
2
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards5
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
20

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 23.00CET

Czech cheer as Jiráček ends Montenegro bid

Montenegro 0-1 Czech Republic (agg: 0-3)
Petr Čech's brilliance in goal and Petr Jiráček's late strike ensured Michal Bílek's visitors won through to their fifth successive EURO.

The Czech Republic will compete in their fifth successive UEFA European Championship finals after winning 1-0 in Podgorica to complete a 3-0 aggregate play-off success against Montenegro.

Michal Bílek's Czechs arrived with a two-goal advantage from the first leg and had to weather a second-half storm. They finally ended the hopes of their hosts with nine minutes remaining when Petr Jiráček broke through Montenegro's defence and calmly beat Mladen Božović.

For Montenegro it brought a sad conclusion to their maiden EURO qualifying campaign, and Branko Brnović's men will rue the chances they missed after the restart when they had the Czechs under severe pressure.

Awash with red and yellow, a noisy Stadion Podgorica urged Montenegro on from the outset but the home side struggled initially to open up a well-organised Czech rearguard. Bílek's side had an extra man in midfield and it took the hosts 40 minutes to create the game's first real opening as Dejan Damjanović picked up a pass by Elsad Zverotić, turned Michal Kadlec in the box and shot wide from some 14 metres.

The second half proved a different story. Montenegro found an extra level of energy and pinned the Czechs back only to find Petr Čech in top form. Six minutes after the break, Mirko Vučinić and Fatos Beqiraj exchanged passes, and the Juventus striker found the unmarked Damjanovič who fired in a shot kept out by a combination of Čech's reflexes and the crossbar.

Five minutes later Montenegro came again, but from Zverotić's corner Vučinić somehow headed over from five metres. Montenegro were looking a threat from almost every attack, but could find no way past the brilliant Čech who twice thwarted Vučinić.

By the closing stages, Montenegro had five forwards on the field but Czech defenders Roman Hubník and Tomáš Sivok were getting their heads to a succession of balls into the box and the visitors duly broke to rub salt into the wounds with Jiráček's strike.

Last updated: 15/11/11 23.03CET

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Quotes

  • Michal Bílek, Czech Republic coach

    "I knew we would have a difficult match in Montenegro, in front of a passionate crowd and against a dangerous team, but I have experienced players who know how to deal with that. I congratulate them"

  • Mirko Vučinić, Montenegro captain

    "This defeat has left a bitter taste, but life goes on. I said it was now or never for us, but now I have changed my mind. We will try to repeat at least the same story in our next qualifying campaign"

Lineups

Montenegro

Montenegro

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
M. BožovićMladen Božović (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
PavićevićSavo Pavićević
Yellow Card45+2
2
Gebre SelassieTheodor Gebre Selassie
8
JovetićStevan Jovetić
3
KadlecMichal Kadlec
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić (C)
Yellow Card63
5
HubníkRoman Hubník
11
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
Substitution57
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
Yellow Card66
14
DamjanovićDejan Damjanović
Yellow Card42
Substitution76
8
PekhartTomáš Pekhart
Substitution84
17
ZverotićElsad Zverotić
9
RezekJan Rezek
Substitution60
18
DrinčićNikola Drinčić
Yellow Card66
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
19
V. BožovićVladimir Božović
Substitution79
13
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
20
DžudovićMiodrag Džudović
14
PilařVáclav Pilař
Substitution69
21
SavićStefan Savić
Yellow Card72
19
JiráčekPetr Jiráček
Goal81

Substitutes

12
BlažićSrdjan Blažić (GK)
23
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (GK)
5
BatakRadoslav Batak
11
PudilDaniel Pudil
7
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Substitution76
12
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
Substitution60
10
DjalovićRadomir Djalović
Substitution79
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Yellow Card54
Substitution84
13
NovakovićMitar Novaković
18
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution69
22
ĆetkovićMarko Ćetković
20
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský
23
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić
Substitution57
21
LafataDavid Lafata

Coach

Branko Brnović (MNE) Michal Bílek (CZE)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Stefani (ITA), Renato Faverani (ITA)

Fourth official

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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