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Czech Republic inflict third defeat on Malta

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 20.29CET
Czech Republic 3-1 Malta
The Czechs followed up their opening draw by condemning Malta to a third successive reverse in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B.
Czech Republic inflict third defeat on Malta
Tomáš Pekhart celebrates his goal with Theodor Gebre Selassie ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Czech RepublicMalta

Goals scored3
 
1
Total attempts12
 
5
Attempts on target8
 
1
off target3
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
0
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
12
Fouls suffered9
 
8

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 13:59 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 20.29CET

Czech Republic inflict third defeat on Malta

Czech Republic 3-1 Malta
The Czechs followed up their opening draw by condemning Malta to a third successive reverse in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B.

The Czech Republic made it four points from their first two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with victory against Malta in Group B.

A header from Theodor Gebre Selassie opened the scoring 11 minutes before half-time for the Czechs, who started their campaign last month with a goalless draw in Denmark. While the visitors went in at the break level courtesy of Roderick Briffa, Michal Bílek's side were quickly in front after the restart through Tomáš Pekhart. Jan Rezek's goal midway through the half confirmed the points for the hosts and Malta's third defeat in the section.

The Czechs initially struggled to create anything of note against a watchful Malta rearguard, their first opening not coming until the 33-minute mark. Andrew Hogg spilled Jaroslav Plašil's long-distance attempt but Petr Jiráček, pouncing on the rebound, was unable to beat the goalkeeper from close range.

It was a temporary reprieve as 60 seconds later Hogg was picking the ball out of his net after Gebre Selassie headed in David Limberský's left-wing cross for his first international goal. Briffa ensured the lead was short-lived, capitalising on a mistake by Michal Kadlec and beating Petr Čech with a shot high into the net.

Pekhart, prolific at Under-21 level, emulated Gebre Selassie by scoring his first for the seniors seven minutes into the second half, heading in Jiráček’s left-sided delivery.

Rezek gave the Czechs a two-goal cushion when he finished off a sweeping counterattack which culminated in Plašil finding the Anorthosis Famagusta FC forward with a clever pass. Čech prevented a tense finale by keeping out a Michael Mifsud penalty following Milan Petržela's foul on the Malta captain.

Last updated: 10/12/12 0.03CET

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Lineup

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Malta

Malta

1Petr Čech (GK) (C)1Andrew Hogg (GK)
2Theodor Gebre Selassie
Goal34
3Alex Muscat
3Michal Kadlec4Gareth Sciberras
6Tomáš Sivok5André Agius
8David Limberský6Luke Dimech
9Jan Rezek
Goal67
7Edward Herrera
12František Rajtoral
Substitution61
8Roderick Briffa
Goal38
13Jaroslav Plašil9Michael Mifsud (C)
Penalty90+4
17Tomáš Hübschman13André Schembri
Substitution87
19Petr Jiráček
Substitution73
15Steve Borg
20Tomáš Pekhart
Goal52
Substitution82
18Shaun Bajada
Substitution89

Substitutes

16Jan Laštůvka (GK)12Justin Haber (GK)
23Jaroslav Drobný (GK)2Jonathan Caruana
4Marek Suchý10Paul Fenech
Substitution87
5Roman Hubník11John Mintoff
11Milan Petržela
Substitution61
14Ayrton Azzopardi
Substitution89
21David Lafata
Substitution82
16Terence Vella
22Vladimír Darida
Substitution73
17Ryan Camilleri
24Josef Hušbauer
25Matěj Vydra

Coach

Michal Bílek (CZE) Pietro Ghedin (ITA)

Referee

Anar Salmanov (AZE)

Assistant referees

Mubariz Hashimov (AZE), Yashar Abbasov (AZE)

Fourth official

Vusal Aliyev (AZE)

Legend:

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

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