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Draw in Montenegro puts Czechs through

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 19.55CET
Montenegro 0-0 Czech Republic
The Czech Republic secured the point they needed to assure themselves of top spot in Group 3 and a place in the play-offs with a game to spare.
by Aleksandar Radović
from Gradski Stadium
Draw in Montenegro puts Czechs through
Jakub Dovalil's team are through to the play-offs ©Action Images
Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 19.55CET

Draw in Montenegro puts Czechs through

Montenegro 0-0 Czech Republic
The Czech Republic secured the point they needed to assure themselves of top spot in Group 3 and a place in the play-offs with a game to spare.

The Czech Republic booked a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs courtesy of a goalless draw in Montenegro.

The Czechs knew that only Armenia could catch them heading into their final two qualifiers, but their superior head-to-head record meant only a point against either Montenegro or Wales, who visit Jablonec on Monday, would suffice.

"This was a very tough game for us, because we played without six first-team players," said Czech coach Jakub Dovalil. "The most important thing is that we secured a place in the play-offs, which was our objective before this qualifying campaign. Now we wait for the draw and prepare to do our best in those two matches."

It was not all plain sailing against Montenegro, though, with the hosts' captain Stefan Mugoša denied on the goal line inside ten minutes. The Czechs also threatened early on, Jan Lecjaks striking a post from 25 metres, before Marek Hanousek missed from close range with ten minutes left of the first half.

The visitors upped the ante after the break, but the Montenegrin back line stood firm. They needed good fortune, however, with Tomáš Wágner's header only kept out by the woodwork. Danijel Petković saved superbly twice in the closing stages, but the Czechs had done enough. They conclude their campaign at home to Wales on Monday, when third-placed Montenegro host Armenia.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.09CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000192/match=2006842/postmatch/report/index.html#czechs+into+play+offs

Lineups

Montenegro

Montenegro

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
PetkovićDanijel Petković (GK)
1
ValešRoman Valeš (GK)
2
GojačaninNemanja Gojačanin
Yellow Card89
2
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
5
BakračMiloš Bakrač
5
KalasTomáš Kalas
7
M. VukčevićMarko Vukčević
6
Nitrianský Milan Nitrianský
Yellow Card55
8
JankovićBranislav Janković
7
HanousekMarek Hanousek
9
MugošaStefan Mugoša (C)
Yellow Card53
Substitution67
8
KopicJan Kopic
10
BakićMarko Bakić
Substitution84
14
VaněkOndřej Vaněk
Substitution90+4
13
AlićErmin Alić
Yellow Card87
15
NovákFilip Novák
16
StijepovićNikola Stijepović
17
TeclStanislav Tecl
18
BoljevićAleksandar Boljević
18
MarečekLukáš Mareček (C)
Yellow Card62
Substitution80
19
ZorićDarko Zorić
Yellow Card38
Substitution76
21
PázlerJan Pázler
Substitution61

Substitutes

12
ButorovićIvan Butorović (GK)
16
KoubekTomáš Koubek (GK)
3
BogdanovićIlija Bogdanović
3
FrydrychMichal Frydrych
4
KaludjerovićAndrija Kaludjerović
Substitution76
10
WágnerTomáš Wágner
Substitution61
6
MitrovićFilip Mitrović
11
HolešTomáš Holeš
14
JovovićVladimir Jovović
Substitution84
12
VůchEgon Vůch
20
VučinićJovan Vučinić
Substitution67
13
DaníčekVlastimil Daníček
Substitution90+4
21
PavićevićMiloš Pavićević
19
PospíšilMartin Pospíšil
Substitution80

Coach

Dušan Vlaisavljević (MNE) Jakub Dovalil (CZE)

Referee

Olivier Thual (FRA)

Assistant referees

Laurent Stien (FRA), Cyril Lompre (FRA)

Fourth official

Amaury Delerue (FRA)

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