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Belarus edge out holders

Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.43CET
Belarus 1-0 Czech Republic
Tsimafei Kalachov's late winner ended the Czech Republic's perfect record in Group 3.
Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.43CET

Belarus edge out holders

Belarus 1-0 Czech Republic
Tsimafei Kalachov's late winner ended the Czech Republic's perfect record in Group 3.

Belarus are now level on points with the Czech Republic - the UEFA European Under-21 qualifying Group 3 leaders and defending champions - after beating them 1-0 in Borisov.

Perfect record
The Czechs had won all five of their previous qualifiers, including a 3-0 home victory against Belarus, and went close on eight minutes through Václav Sverkos. However, Belarus gradually took control, Pavel Biahanski having a good chance and Czech defender Jakub Bures hitting his own bar just before half-time.

Kalachov winner
Although the visitors continued to hold out, their resistance was broken 12 minutes from the end when Tsimafei Kalachov scored with an opportunist angled drive.

Top-two place clinched
When news came through that Austria had been held by the Netherlands, both teams knew they had clinched a top-two spot, although only six of the ten group runners-up will join the winners in the play-offs. To have any chance of topping the group, Belarus must now win in Moldova in their final qualifier on Tuesday.

Czech chance
The Czech Republic themselves have a game in hand, though, and victory in either of their final two games against the Netherlands on Tuesday or in Austria on 10 October will see them win the group and guarantee a play-off berth.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.55CET

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Lineups

Belarus

Belarus

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
1
LaštůvkaJan Laštůvka (GK)
2
KirilchikPavel Kirilchik
Yellow Card82
2
VidličkaVlastimil Vidlička
3
PankovetsAleksei Pankovets
3
SchusterAleš Schuster
4
PopelOleg Popel
4
KoubskýJiří Koubský
5
BagaAleksei Baga (C)
Yellow Card56
5
BurešJakub Bureš
Substitution80
6
KalachevTimofei Kalachev
Goal77
Substitution82
6
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
7
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
Substitution68
7
KobylíkDavid Kobylík
Substitution50
8
SuchkouAleksei Suchkou
8
PolákJan Polák (C)
Yellow Card90+2
9
BeganskiPavel Beganski
9
SvěrkošVáclav Svěrkoš
Substitution72
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb
10
LickaMario Licka
Yellow Card72
11
TsyhalkaMaksim Tsyhalka
Substitution46
11
HrdličkaTomáš Hrdlička

Substitutes

12
KopantsovRuslan Kopantsov (GK)
16
KolářPatrik Kolář (GK)
13
NadievskiVitali Nadievski
12
LafataDavid Lafata
Substitution72
14
SokalViktar Sokal
13
BestaPavel Besta
15
RozhkovIgor Rozhkov
Substitution46
14
TrojanFilip Trojan
16
ShkabaraOleg Shkabara
Substitution68
15
KrapPatrik Krap
17
ShmigeroPavel Shmigero
17
VyskočilMartin Vyskočil
Substitution80
18
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Substitution82
18
HusilPetr Husil
Substitution50

Coach

Yuri Puntus (BLR) Werner Licka

Referee

Hermann Albrecht (GER)

Assistant referees

Sönke Glindemann (GER), Bernd Hauer (GER)

Fourth official

Uwe Kemmling (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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