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Czechs clear final hurdle

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2005, 20.06CET
Finland 1-3 Czech Republic The Czechs ensured a place in the play-offs with a consummate performance in their final Group 1 game in Vantaa.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Helsinki

Match statistics

FinlandCzech Republic

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 1: CZE-NED-ROU-FIN-MKD-ARM

PPts
Netherlands Netherlands1023
Czech Republic Czech Republic1021
Romania Romania1019
FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia109
Finland Finland107
Armenia Armenia105

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:55 CET
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2005, 20.06CET

Czechs clear final hurdle

Finland 1-3 Czech Republic The Czechs ensured a place in the play-offs with a consummate performance in their final Group 1 game in Vantaa.

The Czech Republic sealed their passage to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs with a comfortable 3-1 Group 1 win in Finland.

Qualifying position
The result saw the Czechs leapfrog Romania, who started the day in second place in the group with all their fixtures played, into the top two. They have progressed as Group 1 runners-up after the Netherlands' won their final qualifying game 4-0 at home against F.Y.R. Macedonia.

Second strike
The Czechs were always in control of the game in Vantaa, but it took until the 36th minute for them to finally make the pressure tell when defender Martin Knakal headed home from five metres from a free-kick. The vistors even closer towards the play-offs six minutes into the second half as Vaclav Sverkos scored their second goal from close range.

Finland recovery
Finland fought back, and Juho Mäkelä scored from the penalty spot on 65 minutes after winger Kari Arkivuo had been fouled in the penalty area, but the visitors' nerves were eased considerably with eight minutes remaining as Daniel Pudil struck a tremendous free-kick from a seemingly impossible angle to make it 3-1.

Late chance
Petri Oravainen missed a late chance to pull a goal back moments after Mäkelä had seen a good shot blocked, but the Finns were not too disappointed with the final result, which leaves them second from bottom of the group. "We knew the Czechs were dangerous from dead ball situations, but we couldn't stop them," said Finland coach Markku Kanerva.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.02CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2006/matches/round=1910/match=74485/postmatch/report/index.html#czechs+clear+final+hurdle

Lineups

Finland

Finland

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
IiskolaVille Iiskola (GK)
1
GrigarTomáš Grigar (GK)
13
AhoHeikki Aho
Yellow Card37
2
KnakalMartin Knakal
Goal37
5
LampiVeli Lampi
3
LatkaMartin Latka
14
HauhiaMikko Hauhia
4
KleinMartin Klein
4
LehtonenVille Lehtonen
5
HubníkRoman Hubník
6
TauloVille Taulo
6
HušekLuboš Hušek
7
ArkivuoKari Arkivuo
Substitution72
7
PetrželaMilan Petržela
Substitution67
9
MäkeläJuho Mäkelä
Goal65
8
JirsákTomáš Jirsák
Substitution90
10
KujalaJussi Kujala (C)
9
FořtPavel Fořt
Yellow Card71
16
KolsiMarko Kolsi
Substitution11
10
SvěrkošVáclav Svěrkoš (C)
Goal51
Yellow Card56
Substitution90
17
TarvajärviNiklas Tarvajärvi
Substitution52
11
LimberskýDavid Limberský

Substitutes

12
KiljunenAapo Kiljunen (GK)
16
BučekAntonín Buček (GK)
2
HurmeJarkko Hurme
12
BestaAleš Besta
Substitution90
3
SavolainenVili Savolainen
13
MageraLukáš Magera
Substitution90
8
ManninenMikko Manninen
Substitution11
14
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
11
LehtinenToni Lehtinen
Substitution52
15
HolekMario Holek
15
OravainenPetri Oravainen
Substitution72
17
HolendaJan Holenda
18
SorsaSebastian Sorsa
18
PudilDaniel Pudil
Substitution67
Goal82
Yellow Card84

Coach

Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN) Ladislav Škorpil (CZE)

Referee

Sten Kaldma (EST)

Assistant referees

Hannes Reinvald (EST), Aivar Gutmann (EST)

Fourth official

Ain Karutoom (EST)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution