Spain storm back to check Czechs

Published: Thursday 8 May 2008, 2.45CET
Spain 4-1 Czech Republic
Four second-half goals took Spain into second place in Group 1 and ended the unbeaten Czech start.
by Paul Bryan
from Madrid
Spain storm back to check Czechs
Spain coach Ignacio Quereda ©uefa.com

Match statistics

SpainCzech Republic

Goals scored4
 
1
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
1
Goal attempts4
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Published: Thursday 8 May 2008, 2.45CET

Spain storm back to check Czechs

Spain 4-1 Czech Republic
Four second-half goals took Spain into second place in Group 1 and ended the unbeaten Czech start.
Spain stormed back from a goal down to defeat the Czech Republic by 4-1 in Madrid and in doing so lifted themselves into second spot behind England in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying group 1.

Czech advantage
Finding themselves a point behind the previously unbeaten Czech Republic and three adrift of leaders England prior to this game, Spain knew they needed a positive result to keep their hopes of automatic qualification for the final tournament in Finland alive. Ignacio Quereda's team started strongly but it was the visitors, on a high after their recent 0-0 draw in England, who took the lead against the run of play through Lucie Heroldová's strike from distance just after the half hour.

Comeback complete
Spain came out after the break hungry for an equaliser and when Itziar Gurrutxaga won a penalty for the hosts which Vanesa Gimbert converted, there was only going to be one winner. Verónica Boquete was on hand to knock Spain into the lead after Czech goalkeeper Marcela Zbořilová failed to deal with a Sonia Bermúdez free kick in the 57th minute. Marta Torrejón then made it 3-1 with five minutes of the game remaining and Boquete climed her second and Spain's fourth when she found the net after Zborilova had parried Gimbert's penalty kick in injury time.

Remaining games
England won 6-1 in Belarus to maintain a three-point lead over Spain, who can close that gap with a win in Northern Ireland on 28 May before welcoming England on 2 October. The Czech Republic have home games remaining against Belarus and England, and like Spain are in with a good chance of reaching the play-offs.

Last updated: 09/05/08 8.15CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Spain

Spain

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1Ainhoa Tirapu (GK)1Marcela Zbořilová (GK)
3Burgos3Petra Bertholdová
4Melisa4Lucie Martínková
Yellow Card84'
5Vanesa
Goal46'
5Eva Smeralova (C)
6Itziar Gurrutxaga (C)
Substitution87'
7Veronika Pincová
7Verónica Boquete
Goal57'
Goal90+2'
8Lucie Heroldová
Goal33'
9Erika Vázquez
Substitution79'
10Blanka Pěničková
Substitution87'
10Sonia
Substitution75'
11Kateřina Došková
Yellow Card85'
Red Card89'
11Willy12Kamila Veselá
Substitution49'
14Marta Torrejón
Goal84'
15Lucie Kladrubská
Substitution64'
15Miriam Diéguez17Irena Martínková

Substitutes

13Ana Pilar Velilla (GK)16Ivana Odlasová (GK)
2Sandra
Substitution87'
2Petra Divišová
8María Benito6Adéla Pivoňková
Substitution49'
12Ruth García9Jana Kralova
16Maria-José Perez Gonzalez
Substitution75'
13Martina Danielová
17Saray García
Substitution79'
14Veronika Hoferková
Substitution64'
Yellow Card90+2'
18Esther Cuesta18Iva Mocová
Substitution87'

Coach

Ignacio Quereda Laviña (ESP) Dušan Žovinec (CZE)

Referee

Gyöngyi Krisztina Gaál (HUN)

Assistant referees

Brigitta Zsuzsanna Makkosne Petz (HUN), Judit Kulcsár (HUN)

Fourth official

Maria Luisa Villa Gutierrez (ESP)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Spain

    Spain

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  • Czech Republic

    Czech Republic

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