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Dočkal double gives Czech Republic winning start

Published: Sunday 12 June 2011, 19.57CET
The Czech Republic served notice of their threat at the Under-21 finals after two classy goals from Bořek Dočkal earned them an impressive opening Group B victory against Ukraine.
by Sam Adams
from Viborg Stadion

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Czech RepublicUkraine

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
9
Corners3
 
2
Fouls committed20
 
19
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 20/03/2013 21:49 CET

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Published: Sunday 12 June 2011, 19.57CET

Dočkal double gives Czech Republic winning start

The Czech Republic served notice of their threat at the Under-21 finals after two classy goals from Bořek Dočkal earned them an impressive opening Group B victory against Ukraine.

Two goals from Bořek Dočkal gave the Czech Republic a winning debut in Group B after they defeated Ukraine 2-1 in Viborg.

Dočkal had served notice of his threat during a first half when he was at the heart of all the Czechs' best moments. It was just after the break, though, that he struck the decisive blows with two classy goals in the 49th and 56th minutes. Although Maxym Biliy scored late on for Ukraine, Jakub Dovalil's men held firm to make the ideal start in a section also containing Spain and England.

The Czech Republic exuded a confidence in the opening exchanges that you might expect from the only side to remain unbeaten during qualification. Tomáš Pekhart had finished the nine-goal top scorer en route to Denmark, and he nearly added to that tally early on, just mistiming a header from Dočkal's pacey free-kick. Nifty footwork from Dočkal then released Ondřej Čelůstka whose inviting cross was well cleared from under the nose of Pekhart by Bohdan Butko.

However, Ukraine also looked sharp in possession, and it was Butko who created the first opportunity for Pavlo Yakovenko's team. The full-back surged down the right and delivered a cross that was centimetres too long for Andriy Yarmolenko. FC Dynamo Kyiv striker Yarmolenko then bundled Yevhen Konoplyanka's 17th-minute free-kick wide.

The Dočkal-Pekhart axis looked the Czech Republic's most likely way to goal, and another searching delivery by the former narrowly eluded Pekhart's outstretched head. Čelůstka also had a header go close, but the latter stages of the half belonged to Ukraine.

First, Artem Putivtsev headed straight at Tomáš Vaclík when well placed, before Roman Zozulya robbed Marek Suchý but directed his shot against centre-back Ondřej Mazuch. If it was Ukraine who ended the half strongly, it was the Czechs who made the key intervention after the restart: the ever prominent Čelůstka dinked in a pass for Dočkal who brilliantly drove the ball in first time across Anton Kanibolotskiy.

Seven minutes later Dočkal, and the Czech Republic, had their second. This time it was Lukáš Vácha who Dočkal had to thank, driving into Ukraine's area and teeing up the FC Slovan Liberec midfielder to finish beautifully with his left foot from 18 metres.

Ukraine pushed forward, but Dovalil's side continued to threaten with Čelůstka's header cleared off the line by Butko. Yet just when it seemed the Czech Republic would see out the closing stages comfortably, Ukraine jangled a few nerves. Artem Kravets broke and fed fellow substitute Biliy, who placed his shot past Vaclík. Ukraine suddenly had belief, but for all Biliy's subsequent efforts, it was not enough to salvage a point.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.18CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Ukraine

Ukraine

1
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
1
KanibolotskiyAnton Kanibolotskiy (GK)
2
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
2
ButkoBohdan Butko
4
MazuchOndřej Mazuch
4
RakitskiyYaroslav Rakitskiy
5
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
5
PutivtsevArtem Putivtsev
6
VáchaLukáš Vácha
Yellow Card90
Substitution90+2
7
KonoplyankaYevhen Konoplyanka
7
HořavaTomáš Hořava
Substitution46
8
StepanenkoTaras Stepanenko (C)
Substitution54
8
DočkalBořek Dočkal (C)
Goal49
Goal56
9
MorozyukMykola Morozyuk
Substitution64
11
PekhartTomáš Pekhart
Yellow Card28
10
ZozulyaRoman Zozulya
Yellow Card44
12
KovaříkJan Kovařík
Substitution75
11
YarmolenkoAndriy Yarmolenko
Substitution87
13
GecovMarcel Gecov
Yellow Card46
15
KryvtsovSerhiy Kryvtsov
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
17
ChesnakovVolodymyr Chesnakov

Substitutes

16
ŠtěchMarek Štěch (GK)
12
BoykoDenys Boyko (GK)
23
HanušJan Hanuš (GK)
23
NepogodovDmytro Nepogodov (GK)
3
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
3
SelinYevhen Selin
9
KozákLibor Kozák
6
VitsenetsVitaliy Vitsenets
10
MorávekJan Morávek
Substitution46
Yellow Card54
13
PartsvaniyaTemur Partsvaniya
Substitution54
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
14
GolodyukOleg Golodyuk
15
M. ČernýMilan Černý
16
BiliyMaxym Biliy
Substitution64
Goal87
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček
Substitution90+2
18
KurilovOleksiy Kurilov
19
ChramostaJan Chramosta
19
GarmashDenys Garmash
20
RabušicMichael Rabušic
20
MatveyevOleksandr Matveyev
21
HošekJan Hošek
21
FedorchukValeriy Fedorchuk
22
HloušekAdam Hloušek
Substitution75
22
KravetsArtem Kravets
Substitution87

Coach

Jakub Dovalil (CZE) Pavlo Yakovenko (UKR)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Jukka-Pekka Koskela (FIN)

Fourth official

Kenn Hansen (DEN)

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