Václav Pilař picked up the Carlsberg Man of the Match award for his excellent performance as the Czech Republic beat Greece to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals from Group A.
Pilař's excellent passing and movement caused havoc in the Greece defence early on and the 23-year-old got on the end of Theodor Gebre Selassie's cross to give the Czech Republic a 2-0 lead on six minutes. The left winger was reluctant to take the plaudits, though, and was full of praise for the full-back behind him, David Limberský, his colleague at FC Viktoria Plzeň last season.
"It's true that I know the guys from Plzeň [Petr Jiráček, Daniel Kolář and David Limberský] and I played with them last season," he said. "David Limberský is a great player and I've always enjoyed playing with him. He's the best left-sided defender in the Czech Republic and I know I can count on him even when I'm attacking. Our partnership is really great."
The VfL Wolfsburg man has now scored two goals in as many UEFA EURO 2012 games after grabbing his side's only goal in the 4-1 defeat against Russia on the opening day. The crucial goal against Greece was, unsurprisingly, a greater source of satisfaction. "Theodor Gebre Selassie passed the ball nicely, I went in for it hard and it went in off my knee," he said. "It was an important goal for me but most of all for the team. It was better than the one against Russia as this goal helped us to win the match."
Former Real Madrid CF and Croatia forward Davor Šuker handed over the award having been impressed by Pilař's display in a first half that was dominated by Michal Bílek's side. "I'm happy to congratulate you on a great game and I hope that using young players will give them great experience," said the 1998 UEFA Champions League winner. "It was a great goal and I hope it goes well for him for the next game."
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