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Pilař rescues Czechs after Latvia threaten shock

Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 20.11CET
Czech Republic 1-1 Latvia
Václav Pilař left it late but his last-minute goal rescued a point for the Group A leaders after the winless visitors threatened a shock.
by Ondřej Zlámal
from Stadion Eden

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Match statistics

Czech RepublicLatvia

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)66
 
34
Total attempts21
 
8
on target8
 
3
off target8
 
5
blocked5
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners12
 
5
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
15
Fouls suffered14
 
9

Standings

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Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 20.11CET

Pilař rescues Czechs after Latvia threaten shock

Czech Republic 1-1 Latvia
Václav Pilař left it late but his last-minute goal rescued a point for the Group A leaders after the winless visitors threatened a shock.

• Václav Pilař equaliser in last minute rescues draw for Czech Republic
• Aleksejs Višņakovs puts Latvia into shock lead with lethal counterrattack
David Lafata hits crossbar but Pavel Vrba's men get late reward
Hosts still top Group A but lose perfect record
Next qualifiers: Latvia v Netherlands, Iceland v Czech Republic (12 June)

Václav Pilař's 90th-minute equaliser rescued a point for Group A leaders Czech Republic at home to Latvia, although the hosts' perfect UEFA EURO 2016 record ended.

Going into the game with four wins from four, Pavel Vrba's men were shocked by Aleksejs Višņakovs's 30th-minute opener on the counterattack for their winless visitors. The Czechs threw everything at Marians Pahars' side in the second period and eventually got their reward through Pilař, though their section lead is down to a point after Iceland's earlier win.

The visitors defied expectations from the start. After just three minutes Kaspars Gorkšs headed a corner a fraction wide, while the Czech rhythm was consistently checked by loose passing and expert anticipation from the Latvian defence. Pahars' tactics worked a treat and his side pounced with lethal pace on the counter.

Things were set up for the home side to launch a free-kick into the area, but instead a sideways pass was pounced on by Artūrs Zjuzins who released Višņakovs to streak clear from the halfway line and slot under Petr Čech.

Vrba reacted at the interval by throwing on Pilař and the Czechs went looking for openings at every opportunity though the Latvian defence remained resolute. David Lafata's header fell on the top of the crossbar in 51st minute before both keepers made excellent saves. Another Lafata header was tipped over the bar by Andris Vaņins; Petr Čech did the same with a rising Deniss Rakels shot.

Things ended dramatically. First Valērijs Šabala's lob over a stranded Čech dribbled a fraction wide before Pilař got there first to turn in the ball in the last minute after Václav Procházka's shot had been saved.

There was still time for a winner and the home team thought it was coming their way only for Tomáš Necid's shot to hit his own team-mate on the line after Václav Kadlec had tumbled in the goalmouth.

Last updated: 16/03/16 11.43CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013928/postmatch/report/index.html#pilar+rescues+czechs

Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Latvia

Latvia

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
2
Gebre SelassieTheodor Gebre Selassie
2
MaksimenkoVitālijs Maksimenko
3
KadlecMichal Kadlec
4
DubraKaspars Dubra
5
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
5
LaizānsOļegs Laizāns
Substitution66
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
Yellow Card47
8
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Goal30
Substitution82
9
DočkalBořek Dočkal
Yellow Card90+1
10
ŠabalaValērijs Šabala
10
RosickýTomáš Rosický (C)
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs (C)
Yellow Card29
13
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Substitution46
15
RakelsDeniss Rakels
19
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
Substitution57
16
TarasovsIgors Tarasovs
21
LafataDavid Lafata
Substitution81
17
ZjuzinsArtūrs Zjuzins
Substitution87
22
DaridaVladimír Darida
21
FreimanisGints Freimanis
Yellow Card71

Substitutes

23
PavlenkaJiří Pavlenka (GK)
12
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
16
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
23
ŠteinborsPāvels Šteinbors (GK)
4
HolekMario Holek
3
BulvitisNauris Bulvitis
6
PilařVáclav Pilař
Substitution46
Goal90
6
GabovsVladislavs Gabovs
7
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution57
7
IkaunieksJānis Ikaunieks
Substitution66
11
HloušekAdam Hloušek
9
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution87
12
NovákFilip Novák
11
E. VišņakovsEduards Višņakovs
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Substitution81
14
KovaļovsAndrejs Kovaļovs
15
VáchaLukáš Vácha
18
FertovsAleksandrs Fertovs
Substitution82
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
19
JagodinskisVitālijs Jagodinskis
18
KolářDaniel Kolář
20
KurakinsAntons Kurakins
20
PospíšilMartin Pospíšil
22
SiņeļņikovsAlans Siņeļņikovs

Coach

Pavel Vrba (CZE) Marians Pahars (LVA)

Referee

Javier Estrada (ESP)

Assistant referees

Miguel Martínez (ESP), Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Alejandro Hernandez (ESP), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution