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Czechs benefit from Iceland's misfortune

Published: Sunday 16 November 2014, 22.42CET
Czech Republic 2-1 Iceland
Jón Dadi Bödvarsson's own goal gave Pavel Vrba's side victory as the Czech Republic coach returned to Plzen in Group A.
by Ondřej Zlámal
from Doosan Arena

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Match statistics

Czech RepublicIceland

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)58
 
42
Total attempts19
 
6
on target3
 
2
off target11
 
2
blocked5
 
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners8
 
3
Offsides0
2
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
17
Fouls suffered17
 
17

Standings

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Published: Sunday 16 November 2014, 22.42CET

Czechs benefit from Iceland's misfortune

Czech Republic 2-1 Iceland
Jón Dadi Bödvarsson's own goal gave Pavel Vrba's side victory as the Czech Republic coach returned to Plzen in Group A.

Czechs maintain 100% record with a win against Iceland
Ragnar Sigurdsson puts Iceland ahead following a long throw-in
Pavel Kadeřábek's first goal levels the scoreline at the break
Jón Dadi Bödvarsson's own goal wins the game for the home side
Next games: Czech Republic v Latvia, Kazakhstan v Iceland (28 March)

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson's own goal helped the Czech Republic make it three wins from three in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A, with Iceland unable to hold on to an early lead in Plzen.

Goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson saved from David Lafata's header early on, before Iceland struck from out of the blue in the ninth minute. Aron Gunnarsson's long throw pulled the Czechs out of shape, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson nodded the ball around Petr Čech, and Birkir Bjarnason headed in from the touch line for Ragnar Sigurdsson to plant into the unguarded net.

At that point, Iceland dug in, with the Czechs finding it hard to get into shooting range. Lafata drew a save from Halldórsson and headed another effort over, but the Czechs almost conceded a second on 40 minutes, Pavel Kadeřábek's block preventing Sigthórsson from getting a clear shot on Čech's goal.

AC Sparta Praha defender Kadeřábek was the hero again in first-half added time, scoring his first international goal after Daniel Pudil had redirected Ladislav Krejčí's free-kick on to his head. Suitably buoyed at coach Pavel Vrba's old FC Viktoria Plzeň stamping ground, the Czechs then moved in for the kill in the second period.

Lafata volleyed just wide from Tomáš Rosický's pass on 54 minutes before disaster struck for Iceland just after the hour mark. Jaroslav Plašil's ball in from the left took a wicked deflection off Bödvarsson, and the off-balance Halldórsson could not stop it from sneaking inside his near post.

To add to Iceland's frustration, Gylfi Sigurdsson hammered an effort against the post a few minutes later, though the margin of victory could have been more comfortable for the hosts, Kári Árnason clearing Michal Kadlec's header off the line on 69 minutes.

Last updated: 02/06/15 6.36CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013909/postmatch/report/index.html#czechs+edge+iceland

Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Iceland

Iceland

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
HalldórssonHannes Halldórsson (GK)
2
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
Goal45+1
6
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
Goal9
Yellow Card12
3
KadlecMichal Kadlec
8
B. BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Substitution77
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
9
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
Yellow Card70
9
DočkalBořek Dočkal
Yellow Card86
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
Substitution90+2
14
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
11
PudilDaniel Pudil
17
A. GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson (C)
13
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
18
E. BjarnasonElmar Bjarnason
Yellow Card53
Substitution62
19
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
Substitution65
20
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
Substitution62
21
LafataDavid Lafata
Substitution82
22
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Goal61
22
DaridaVladimír Darida
23
A. SkúlasonAri Skúlason

Substitutes

16
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
12
KristinssonÖgmundur Kristinsson (GK)
23
HruškaAleš Hruška (GK)
13
I. JónssonIngvar Jónsson (GK)
4
ŘezníkRadim Řezník
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
Substitution62
5
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
Substitution90+2
3
JónassonHallgrímur Jónasson
7
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution82
4
H. MagnússonHordur Magnússon
8
PospíšilMartin Pospíšil
5
OttesenSölvi Ottesen
12
PilařVáclav Pilař
Substitution65
7
GudmundssonJohann Gudmundsson
Substitution77
14
HořavaTomáš Hořava
11
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
15
NovákFilip Novák
15
DaníelssonHelgi Daníelsson
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
16
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason
18
PetrželaMilan Petržela
19
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
Substitution62
Yellow Card68
20
VydraMatěj Vydra
21
KjartanssonVidar Kjartansson

Coach

Pavel Vrba (CZE) Heimir Hallgrímsson (ISL)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Mike Pickel (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Markus Häcker (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution