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Czechs down Latvia to reach UEFA EURO 2016

Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 20.02CET
Latvia 1-2 Czech Republic
Pavel Vrba's team qualified for UEFA EURO 2016, David Limberský and Vladimír Darida scoring their first international goals in Riga.

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Match statistics

LatviaCzech Republic

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts8
 
10
on target3
 
8
off target4
 
2
blocked1
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
16
Fouls suffered14
 
8

Standings

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Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 20.02CET

Czechs down Latvia to reach UEFA EURO 2016

Latvia 1-2 Czech Republic
Pavel Vrba's team qualified for UEFA EURO 2016, David Limberský and Vladimír Darida scoring their first international goals in Riga.

  • Czech Republic qualify for UEFA EURO 2016
  • David Limberský opens scoring with maiden international goal
  • Vladimír Darida follows suit with first strike for country
  • Artūrs Zjuzins notches on 73 minutes to ensure nervy finish
  • Next games: Iceland v Latvia, Czech Republic v Turkey (10 October)

The Czech Republic are celebrating qualification for UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to a 2-1 victory over Latvia in Riga, Pavel Vrba's side making it to their sixth successive European finals. 

Turkey's 3-0 success against the Netherlands, combined with maiden international goals from David Limberský and Vladimír Darida, ensured that the Czechs will be at next summer's final tournament in France, though Artūrs Zjuzins's 73rd-minute strike for Latvia made for a nervy finish.

Latvia struggled to contend with their visitors' movement, as Darida forced an early save from Andris Vaņins prior to Limberský's 13th-minute opener. Milan Škoda showed strength to hold the ball up from a throw-in on the left of the hosts' box, allowing Limberský to take it off him and fire in from an acute angle. 

Latvia tried to haul themselves level with Artūrs Karašausks going through on goal, but an untimely slip epitomised their poor luck in front of goal in Group A. They went 2-0 behind moments later as Darida received a pass from David Pavelka before taking a touch and striking a fine drive into the top-left corner from outside the area.

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David Limberský celebrates his first international goal

Marians Pahars had made five changes to his lineup after the 1-1 draw in Turkey, and the two-goal deficit spurred the Latvia coach into making two further alterations inside 33 minutes. The changes had some effect, Petr Čech making a fine stop to deny a Zjuzins effort. 

Latvia showed a little more life around the hour mark, as Igors Tarasovs' header forced another excellent block from Čech, before Zjuzins blazed over the bar from a good position. Latvia's tails were up for the last 17 minutes after Čech failed to keep out Zjuzins' attempt from the edge of the box, but the Czechs held on to qualify.

Last updated: 08/09/15 0.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013996/postmatch/report/index.html#czechs+clinch+finals+spot

Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK) (C)
2
MaksimenkoVitālijs Maksimenko
Yellow Card45+1
2
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
4
DubraKaspars Dubra
Yellow Card55
5
ProcházkaVáclav Procházka
9
KarašausksArtūrs Karašausks
Substitution66
8
LimberskýDavid Limberský
Goal13
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs (C)
9
DočkalBořek Dočkal
Substitution90
14
KamešsVladimirs Kamešs
Substitution29
11
ŠkodaMilan Škoda
15
RakelsDeniss Rakels
12
PavelkaDavid Pavelka
16
TarasovsIgors Tarasovs
14
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution54
17
ZjuzinsArtūrs Zjuzins
Goal73
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
18
FertovsAleksandrs Fertovs
18
ŠuralJosef Šural
Substitution77
21
FreimanisGints Freimanis
Substitution33
22
DaridaVladimír Darida
Goal25

Substitutes

23
ŠteinborsPāvels Šteinbors (GK)
23
KoubekTomáš Koubek (GK)
12
IkstensKaspars Ikstens (GK)
16
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
3
KurakinsAntons Kurakins
3
Gebre SelassieTheodor Gebre Selassie
Substitution90
5
LaizānsOļegs Laizāns
4
KalasTomáš Kalas
6
GabovsVladislavs Gabovs
Substitution33
6
HolekMario Holek
7
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution29
7
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
8
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
Substitution66
10
SkalákJiří Skalák
10
ŠabalaValērijs Šabala
13
VaněkOndřej Vaněk
Substitution77
11
E. VišņakovsEduards Višņakovs
15
KopicJan Kopic
19
JagodinskisVitālijs Jagodinskis
19
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
Substitution54
20
Jermolajevs Edgars Jermolajevs
20
NovákFilip Novák
22
KozlovsIgors Kozlovs
21
LafataDavid Lafata

Coach

Marians Pahars (LVA) Pavel Vrba (CZE)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Guido Kleve (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)

Fourth official

Eduard Beitinger (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Tobias Welz (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)

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