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Last-minute winner hits Czechs

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.54CET
Czech Republic 1-2 Netherlands Youssouf Hersi's late goal earns the away side victory in Liberec.
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.54CET

Last-minute winner hits Czechs

Czech Republic 1-2 Netherlands Youssouf Hersi's late goal earns the away side victory in Liberec.

A last-minute winner from Youssouf Hersi earned the Netherlands a 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic, a result that prevented the home side from confirming their place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.

Tight at the top
The result left the Czechs top of Group 3 with 15 points after seven matches, level with Belarus but now having played the same number of games. Belarus end their qualifying game away to Moldova on Wednesday, while the Czech Republic travel to Austria on 10 October.

Bright start
Czech coach Werner Licka made three changes after Friday's 1-0 defeat in Belarus, but it was the visitors who began the brighter in Liberec and took the lead in the ninth minute as Hersi dribbled through the home side's defence before finding Jordi Hoogstrate, who made no mistake.
 
Penalty miss
The goal visibly deflated the home side, and only a fine performance from goalkeeper Jan Laštuvka prevented the visitors from increasing their lead. However, the Czechs missed a golden opportunity to draw level two minutes past the hour as Vlastimil Vidlicka was brought down by Romeo Castelen but Tomáš Hrdlicka sent his spot-kick wide.

Headed equaliser
Two substitutes combined to bring the home side back intro the game 15 minutes from time, as David Kobylík's corner was powerfully headed into the net by Pavel Fort.

Late drama
The home side poured forward in search of a second and Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was regularly forced into action, but the away side remained dangerous and Hersi found himself unmarked in the penalty area to score a last-gasp winner. The Netherlands, whose win was their first of a disappointing campaign, remained in fourth place with six points from seven matches and end with a home game against Moldova on 11 October.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.54CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
LaštůvkaJan Laštůvka (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
Yellow Card38
2
VidličkaVlastimil Vidlička
2
GreeneSerginho Greene
3
SchusterAleš Schuster
3
OlfersSteve Olfers
4
KoubskýJiří Koubský (C)
4
SeipMarcel Seip
5
HrdličkaTomáš Hrdlička
5
JansenMichael Jansen
6
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
6
HoogstrateJordi Hoogstrate
Goal9
Yellow Card30
Substitution62
7
BestaPavel Besta
Substitution35
7
MathijssenDanny Mathijssen
8
JunTomáš Jun
Substitution64
8
N. de JongNigel de Jong (C)
Yellow Card64
9
SvěrkošVáclav Svěrkoš
9
Van De LaakKoen van de Laak
Yellow Card67
Substitution86
10
LickaMario Licka
10
HersiYoussouf Hersi
Goal90+2
Substitution90+3
11
TrojanFilip Trojan
Substitution69
11
CastelenRomeo Castelen

Substitutes

16
KolářPatrik Kolář (GK)
16
ZwarthoedTheo Zwarthoed (GK)
12
LafataDavid Lafata
Substitution69
12
KrasRuud Kras
13
FořtPavel Fořt
Substitution64
Goal75
13
TuypJack Tuyp
Substitution90+3
14
KobylíkDavid Kobylík
Substitution35
14
PutterEddy Putter
Substitution86
15
KrapPatrik Krap
15
Van DrielMels van Driel
17
VyskočilMartin Vyskočil
17
MendesDavid Mendes
Substitution62
18
BurešJakub Bureš

Coach

Werner LickaCor Pot (NED)

Referee

Darius Miezelis (LTU)

Assistant referees

Dainius Bisigirskas (LTU), Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)

Fourth official

Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

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