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Czech Republic and Iceland secure progress

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 20.01CET
Czech Republic 3-1 Iceland
The Czech Republic secured first place in Group 5, but Iceland's goal difference ensured they too go into the play-offs.
by Marc Uhlmann
from Chance Arena
Czech Republic and Iceland secure progress
The Czech Republic's Marcel Gecov chases the ball ©UEFA.com
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 20.01CET

Czech Republic and Iceland secure progress

Czech Republic 3-1 Iceland
The Czech Republic secured first place in Group 5, but Iceland's goal difference ensured they too go into the play-offs.

The Czech Republic secured first place in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 5, but beaten visitors Iceland are nonetheless set to join them in the play-offs.

Three points clear at kick-off, the Czech Republic needed only a draw to make sure of top spot and goals from Lukáš Vácha, Tomáš Pekhart and Jan Kovařík put the 2002 champions in control before Alfred Finnbogason's consolation. However, despite the result, Iceland's impressive goal difference took them through as one of the four best runners-up* across the ten groups – reward for their 4-1 win against Germany last month that ended the holders' hopes.

Vácha broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, turning in Kovařík's low cross from the right, and 20 minutes into the second half the home side doubled their lead, Jan Vošahlík's ball from the right allowing Pekhart to tap in from close range for his seventh goal in four qualifying appearances. Two minutes later, Kovařík effectively sealed victory courtesy of a spectacular shot from nearly 30 metres out, and it was also from long range that Finnbogason pulled one back.

"I was very happy with the first half," said Czech Republic coach Jakub Dovalil. "Iceland came back into the game more in the second half, but we were able to make it 2-0. Overall, I'm very content."

His counterpart Eyjölfur Sverrisson also had reason to be pleased. "We lost the game but we're happy because we're in the play-offs and that's a first for Iceland," he said. "My team didn't play well today, but we lost seven players to the senior team. We now want to do well in the play-offs: it'll be hard, but we'll try." The play-off draw will be held at 12.30CET on Friday, with the winners of the two-legged ties between 9 and 13 October joining hosts Denmark in next summer's finals.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.40CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Iceland

Iceland

1
ŠtěchMarek Štěch (GK)
1
BjörnssonHaraldur Björnsson (GK)
2
HošekJan Hošek
2
FjólusonJón Gudni Fjóluson
3
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
3
Eyjólfsson Hólmar Eyjólfsson
Yellow Card75
4
DejmekRadek Dejmek
4
K. JónssonKristinn Jónsson
Substitution72
6
VáchaLukáš Vácha
Goal20
Substitution46
5
KristjánssonGudmundur Kristjánsson
7
HořavaTomáš Hořava
Yellow Card25
6
JóhannessonAndrés Már Jóhannesson
Substitution46
11
PekhartTomáš Pekhart (C)
Goal65
Yellow Card66
Substitution71
7
FridgeirssonSkúli Jón Fridgeirsson
13
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
8
VidarssonBjarni Vidarsson (C)
14
KovaříkJan Kovařík
Goal67
9
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
Goal80
15
VošahlíkJan Vošahlík
Substitution83
10
SmárasonArnór Smárason
17
GecovMarcel Gecov
11
ValdimarssonThórarinn Valdimarsson
Substitution57

Substitutes

16
HanušJan Hanuš (GK)
12
PéturssonArnar Pétursson (GK)
5
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
13
OrmarssonAlmarr Ormarsson
Substitution72
8
DočkalBořek Dočkal
14
PálssonGudlaugur Pálsson
9
RabušicMichael Rabušic
Substitution71
15
HelgasonElfar Freyr Helgason
10
KozákLibor Kozák
Substitution83
16
G. R. GunnarssonGudmundur Reynir Gunnarsson
Substitution57
12
FabiánTomáš Fabián
17
SteindórssonKristinn Steindórsson
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček
Substitution46
18
SigurdarssonBjörn Sigurdarsson
Substitution46

Coach

Jakub Dovalil (CZE) Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL)

Referee

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Serkan Gençerler (TUR), Selcuk Kaya (TUR)

Fourth official

Hakan Ozkan (TUR)

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