Stadion Letná - Prague 07/06/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group B

Czech Republic - Italy
0-0
 

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Buffon brilliance holds Czechs at bay

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 23.45CET
Czech Republic 0-0 Italy
A fine display from visiting keeper Gianluigi Buffon earned a draw that extended the ten-man Azzurri's advantage in Group B to four points.
by Ondřej Zlámal
from Stadion Letná
Buffon brilliance holds Czechs at bay
The Czech Republic's Libor Kozák (left) challenges Andrea Barzagli of Italy ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Czech Republic
Italy

0

Goals scored

0

16

Total attempts

5

6

Attempts on target

0

9

off target

3

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

4

3

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

1

14

Fouls committed

8

8

Fouls suffered

13

Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Italy

Italy

1Čech (GK)1Buffon (GK) (C)
2Gebre Selassie3Chiellini
3Kadlec8Marchisio
6Sivok9Balotelli
69
72
8Limberský
20
14El Shaarawy
46
9Kozák15Barzagli
10Rosický (C)16De Rossi
13Plašil18Montolivo
90+2
17Hübschman19Bonucci
19Jiráček
86
20Abate
22Darida
66
76
21Pirlo
77

Substitutes

23Drobný (GK)13Marchetti (GK)
16Vaclík (GK)12Sirigu (GK)
4Suchý
20
2Maggio
5Kalas4Astori
7Krejčí5De Sciglio
12Procházka6Candreva
14V. Kadlec
76
7Aquilani
77
18Kolář
86
10Giovinco
46
20Pekhart11Gilardino
21Lafata17Cerci
22Diamanti
23Giaccherini

Coaches

Michal Bílek (CZE) Cesare Prandelli (ITA)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 25/07/2013 11:44 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 23.45CET

Buffon brilliance holds Czechs at bay

Czech Republic 0-0 Italy
A fine display from visiting keeper Gianluigi Buffon earned a draw that extended the ten-man Azzurri's advantage in Group B to four points.

A typically solid display from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon helped Italy consolidate their status at the top of Group B despite being held to a goalless draw in the Czech Republic.

The home team had already lost at home to Bulgaria and Denmark in this FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and came out determined to put on a better showing in Prague. They managed six shots on target to Italy's none, but were unable to beat Buffon, whose side survived Mario Balotelli's second-half dismissal and are now four points clear at the head of the section.

Libor Kozák, who plays his club football in Italy with S.S. Lazio, led the Czech attack while, behind him, Tomáš Rosický and Vladimír Darida combined to good effect on the counterattack. From one such move in the 12th minute Petr Jiráček was left one on one with Buffon; not for the last time, the Italian custodian was equal to the task.

Italy defender Ignazio Abate then turned a powerful cross centimetres wide of his own goal, though in the main it was Buffon who repelled the Czechs, twice denying Kozák in the second half when the striker was in a promising shooting position.

The pressure continued to mount on Italy after Balotelli collected his second booking of the evening with 18 minutes left. Jiráček nearly capitalised on the Czechs' numerical advantage, only the left-hand post keeping out his close-range attempt from Jaroslav Plašil's left-wing centre, but when Daniel Kolář dragged a shot wide in the final minute Italy had survived. They now have 14 points, four more than second-placed Bulgaria, with the Czechs a further point behind.

Last updated: 08/05/14 5.00CET

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