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Czechoslovakia beat hosts France in EURO 1960 third-place play-off

Czechoslovakia 2-0 France
Goals from Vlastimil Bubník and Ladislav Pavlovič meant Czechoslovakia finished third.

Captain Robert Jonquet played his last game for France against Czechoslovakia
Captain Robert Jonquet played his last game for France against Czechoslovakia ©Getty Images

Czechoslovakia beat France 2-0 to wrap up third place at the inaugural UEFA European Football Championship.

Defeated 3-0 by the Soviet Union in the last four, the Czechs mounted an impressive response against the hosts, who themselves had surrendered a 4-2 lead to be eliminated by Yugoslavia in the semi-finals. Superior for large periods, Czechoslovakia ultimately prevailed thanks to goals from Vlastimil Bubník and Ladislav Pavlovič.

1960 EURO: All you need to know

It proved a defining fixture in Marseille, with seven players from either side – including France's elegant centre-half Robert Jonquet – never capped again. Robert Siatka and goalkeeper Jean Taillandier were handed French debuts in the third-place play-off, but both were helpless to deny the Czechoslovakian opener, Bubník driving in Ladislav Novák's long cross from the edge of the penalty area.

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Pavlovic added a second when he robbed Michel Stievenard and ran in from the halfway line. There was no way back for a France team which was further blunted when an injury to Jean-Jacques Marcel forced him out on to the right wing.

1960 EURO: Team of the Tournament


Czechoslovakia: Schrojf; Šafránek, Popluhár, Novák (c); Buberník, Masopust; Pavlovič, Vojta, Molnár, Bubník, Dolinský
Substitutes: none
Coach: Rudolf Vytlačil

France: Tallandier; Rodzik, Jonquet (c), Chorda, Siatka; Marcel; Heutte, Douis,Wisnieski, Stievenard, Vincent
Substitutes: none
Coach: Albert Batteux

Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)