Passlack double helps Germany set up Spain date
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Germany 4-0 Czech Republic
Christian Wück's side booked a quarter-final date with Spain as a dominant success in Stara Zagora helped them end Group B with a perfect record.
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• Germany wrap up Group B with dominant success against Czechs
• Felix Passlack's double precedes goals by Erdinc Karakas and Görkem Saglam
• Czech keeper Filip Truksa – in for suspended Martin Jedlička – saves Salih Özcan penalty
• Christian Wück's men progress with perfect record; losers depart
• Germany will face Spain in quarter-finals on Friday
Germany marched into the last eight of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals with a perfect record after ending the Czech Republic's hopes thanks to a dominant victory in Stara Zagora.
Spain await Christian Wück's men in the quarters after the 2009 winners made it maximum points in the section, Felix Passlack's thunderous drive setting them on their way. Salih Özcan's missed penalty failed to slow the German juggernaut, which went further ahead courtesy of Erdinc Karakas and a Passlack second prior to the interval before Görkem Saglam rounded off the scoring after the restart.
Fresh from a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Belgium, Václav Černý's Czechs went straight from frying pan into fire – and were behind in just the tenth minute. Karakas's ball into the box was trapped dead by Passlack before the No2 hammered a shot past Filip Truksa. The Czech keeper had much more of a say in matters three minutes later as he turned Özcan's penalty onto the crossbar following Daniel Köstl's foul on the German No15, but the advantage was doubled when Karakas headed in from a Mats Köhlert corner on 33 minutes.
Ondřej Šašinka blazed over the woodwork when presented with outstanding chance to pull a goal back immediately after, and that miss was compounded on the stroke of half-time as Passlack ran clear and took time to pick his spot and make it three.
There was no Czech respite in the second period as Saglam's simple finish from Köhlert's delivery added to the tally, leaving the German side full of confidence ahead of the meeting with Santi Denia's team on Friday.
Christian Wück, Germany coach
It was important for the team to win this game. In the three group matches we didn't concede a goal, so we're very proud and satisfied because we got everything we wanted. The performance with the ball was very good; without it not so good. We lost our one-against-one battles on many occasions, both in the first and second half, so against Spain we have to improve in this department. Overall, we were OK.
Petr Janoušek, Czech Republic assistant coach
After our display against Belgium we thought we would perform much better than we did. On the other hand, we really respect Germany and their qualities, but, despite that, we truly believed we could get a positive result. The players didn't trust in their strengths today. We conceded an early goal and then came the penalty – that affected us.
We didn't score from our chances. [Ondřej] Šašinka got into a really good position and so did [Michal] Sadílek in the first half. I wouldn't say our tournament has been a disappointment. Our biggest weakness is scoring goals – we scored only one in three games. We came here to see how good we are and to assess the quality of the players.