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Kliment hat-trick earns Czech win against Serbia

Published: Saturday 20 June 2015, 20.00CET
Serbia 0-4 Czech Republic
Jan Kliment hit a stunning hat-trick as the hosts swept aside Serbia to record their biggest U21 EURO final tournament win.
by Ian Holyman
from Letná Stadium

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Match statistics

SerbiaCzech Republic

Goals scored0
4
Total attempts6
 
19
on target2
 
9
off target1
 
4
blocked3
 
6
against woodwork0
1
Corners5
 
7
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
22
Fouls suffered21
 
16

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Last updated: 30/11/2017 15:00 CET
Published: Saturday 20 June 2015, 20.00CET

Kliment hat-trick earns Czech win against Serbia

Serbia 0-4 Czech Republic
Jan Kliment hit a stunning hat-trick as the hosts swept aside Serbia to record their biggest U21 EURO final tournament win.

• Czechs revive ambitions of semi berth with record finals win; Serbia's record defeat
• Jan Kliment scores twice in the opening 21 minutes
• Václav Kadlec hits the bar and Czechs miss a clutch of chances in a fine first-half display
• Kliment completes only the third ever U21 EURO final tournament hat-trick
• Next games: Serbia face Denmark, Czechs play Germany on 23 June

Jan Kliment scored a hat-trick to help defeat Serbia 4-0 and raise the Czech Republic's hopes of progressing to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.

Promising but ultimately unsuccessful in their opening Group A encounter, the hosts quickly added an end product to their play at the Letná Stadium. A delightful move involving Václav Kadlec and overlapping full-back Matěj Hybš led to the ball being pulled back for the unmarked Kliment to fire high into the net. It set the tone for a top-grade Czech display.

Kliment then burst clear only to be denied by the legs of Marko Dmitrović, who watched as Jiří Skalák shot wide from close range with the goal gaping just seconds later. Kadlec, suspended for the opening game, also rattled the bar in an irresistible spell of Czech pressure.

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They had created – and missed – chances while leading in their opening game, but Jakub Dovalil claimed the lessons of the 2-1 defeat to Denmark had been learned. His squad proved him right when Hybš and Skalák combined. Dmitrović pushed out the latter's shot, but Kliment snapped up the rebound.

Tomáš Koubek palmed away Miloš Jojić's toe-poked effort just before the break, which marked Serbia's only significant threat of the game. In response, Martin Frýdek forced an instinctive stop from Dmitrović after a deft flick from the irrepressible Kliment.

The Jihlava forward only came into Dovalil's plans just before the tournament, but his clinically-taken third – slotting home having rounded Dmitrović – suggested he will remain in them for some time to come. It was only the third U21 EURO final tournament hat-trick after Marcus Berg (2009) and Thiago Alcântara (2013).

Kliment, who has only scored three goals during his Czech top-flight career, was not on hand when Skalák nipped to the by-line and crossed just before the hour, but Frýdek was. He steered a volley into the far corner to complete the most convincing win of the tournament to date.

Last updated: 21/06/15 10.52CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000408/match=2015372/postmatch/report/index.html#czechs+sweep+serbia+aside

Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
DmitrovićMarko Dmitrović (GK)
1
KoubekTomáš Koubek (GK)
6
PantićAleksandar Pantić
2
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
7
ČaušićGoran Čaušić (C)
Substitution63
3
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Substitution29
9
PešićAleksandar Pešić
5
BrabecJakub Brabec (C)
10
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
Yellow Card68
6
PetrákOndřej Petrák
13
N. PetrovićNemanja Petrović
8
ZmrhalJaromír Zmrhal
14
BrašanacDarko Brašanac
Yellow Card11
9
KlimentJan Kliment
Goal7
Goal21
Goal56
Substitution82
15
SpajićUroš Spajić
10
SkalákJiří Skalák
Substitution75
18
JojićMiloš Jojić
Substitution85
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
Goal59
21
S. SrnićSlavoljub Srnić
19
HybšMatěj Hybš
22
StojkovićFilip Stojković
Substitution46
22
KalasTomáš Kalas

Substitutes

12
PerićNikola Perić (GK)
16
PavlenkaJiří Pavlenka (GK)
2
KovačevićAleksandar Kovačević
Substitution63
4
JánošAdam Jánoš
3
PetkovićMarko Petković
Substitution46
7
HouskaDavid Houska
4
MijailovićSrdjan Mijailović
12
TrávníkMichal Trávník
Substitution29
5
ĆosićUroš Ćosić
13
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
8
IvanićMirko Ivanić
14
TakácsLadislav Takács
11
ČavrićAleksandar Čavrić
15
BaránekJan Baránek
16
MilunovićLuka Milunović
Substitution85
17
PřikrylTomáš Přikryl
Substitution82
17
FilipovićAleksandar Filipović
18
MasopustLukáš Masopust
Substitution75
Yellow Card84
19
TrujićNikola Trujić
20
JugasJakub Jugas
20
ĆirkovićLazar Ćirković
21
HanousekMatěj Hanousek
23
StevanovićNemanja Stevanović (GK)
23
ReichlMichal Reichl (GK)

Coach

Mladen Dodić (SRB) Jakub Dovalil (CZE)

Referee

Clément Turpin (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)

Fourth official

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Benoît Bastien (FRA)

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