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France start in style

Published: Thursday 16 May 2002, 23.05CET
Goals from Sidney Govou and Olivier Sorlin gave France a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic.

Match statistics

FranceCzech Republic

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 2: GRE / BEL / FRA / CZE

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1France France11002023
2Belgium Belgium11002113
3Greece Greece100112-10
4Czech Republic Czech Republic100102-20

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:51 CET
Published: Thursday 16 May 2002, 23.05CET

France start in style

Goals from Sidney Govou and Olivier Sorlin gave France a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic.

Well-taken first-half goals from Sidney Govou and Olivier Sorlin gave Group 2 favourites France a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the opening game of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Geneva.

Accomplished French
France looked accomplished throughout, playing a neat, fast-flowing brand of football, which finally brought to an end the Czech Republic's eleven-game unbeaten run.

Domenech delighted
The victory delighted France coach Raymond Domenech, who said: "To win 2-0 against the Czechs makes me very satisfied. In the first 15 minutes we were too concerned about the reputation of the Czech team. But then we got into the game and imposed our play on the game and also showed good technical ability."

Kobylík goes close
By the time France had got into their stride, the Czech Republic had already fashioned the first attempt on goal, David Kobylík driving an eleventh-minute shot at goal from long range, only to be denied by France keeper Mickaël Landreau.

Escudé chances
A minute later France won a free-kick 22 metres out and the ball was rolled to Stade Rennais FC's Julien Escudé, whose venomous effort sailed narrowly wide of the Czech goal. He went close again on 20 minutes, powering a header wide of AC Sparta Praha keeper Petr Cech's goal.

Baros unlucky
Midway through the first half the Czech Republic could have taken the lead on the counterattack when the ball deflected off the head of Liverpool FC striker Milan Baros. It seemed to be looping over Landreau, but the France keeper sprang backwards to tip the ball over his crossbar.

Luyindula skill
The quick feet of Pegguy Luyindula presented Sorlin with a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock on 38 minutes, but he sent his shot over the crossbar. Any regrets the Rennes frontman harboured did not linger for long, however - two minutes later his side took the lead.

Rozehnal blunder
A poor clearance out of defence by David Rozehnal was intercepted by Govou, for whom the path to goal was suddenly clear. The Olympique Lyonnais striker advanced into the area before sliding a right-foot shot into the corner. Rozehnal left the field on a stretcher moments later, but soon returned, giving the impression that he had suffered little more than bruised pride.

Sorlin scores
On the stroke of half-time France doubled their lead thanks to Luyindula's jinking run. The Lyon youngster cut in from the right wing and zipped past five Czech challenges before Martin Jiranek's sliding block dispossessed him. However, the ball fell into the path of Sorlin, who tucked a first-time effort into the net to atone for his earlier miss.

Yellow cards
Tomas Hubschman's crunching tackle on Mathieu Berson five minutes after the break brought the first yellow card of the tournament and it took Petr Vorisek just three minutes to follow his team-mate into the referee's notebook.

Cech save
That foul on Pierre-Alain Frau presented Steed Malbranque with an opportunity to score direct from a free-kick, but his curling effort was saved by the outstanding Cech, who also blocked fierce efforts from Frau and Berson. By this stage France were in command and should have increased their lead ten minutes from time when Frau positioned himself perfectly to meet a right-wing cross but planted his header over the crossbar.

Beránek's bright side
Their coach Miroslav Beránek was magnanimous in defeat, insisting: "I must congratulate France as they played a really good game. We lost the first game but we have not lost the war." Looking ahead to his side's next Group 2 match, Beránek added: "We have to be ready for our second game against Belgium. We worked very hard to be here, so the most difficult thing will be to psychologically prepare the players now. The French team were better but we will be better prepared for the second game."

Words of caution
Despite France's impressive performance, Domenech had words of caution for his players. "It was just one match and we still have two to go," he said. "Against Greece and Belgium, we must show ourselves as we did today in terms of physical presence, keeping the ball and technical ability."

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.58CET

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Lineups

France

France

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (C)
16
ČechPetr Čech
2
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
2
JiránekMartin Jiránek
3
EscudéJulien Escudé
3
HorákMartin Horák
Substitution46
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
4
VoříšekPetr Voříšek
Yellow Card52
5
BersonMathieu Berson
6
DrobnýVáclav Drobný (C)
6
BréchetJérémie Bréchet
7
KobylíkDavid Kobylík
Substitution84
7
SorlinOlivier Sorlin
Goal45
9
BarošMilan Baroš
Substitution63
9
GovouSidney Govou
Goal41
Substitution46
11
PospíšilMichal Pospíšil
10
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Substitution87
14
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
11
LuyindulaPéguy Luyindula
Substitution71
17
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Yellow Card49
18
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti
19
SkácelRudolf Skácel

Substitutes

8
SableJulien Sable
1
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný
12
ArmandSylvain Armand
Substitution71
5
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
13
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
Substitution46
8
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
Substitution46
14
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
10
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Substitution63
15
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
12
JunTomáš Jun
16
GregoriniDamien Gregorini
13
PitákKarel Piták
Substitution84
17
Di TommasoDavid Di Tommaso
15
PolákJan Polák
19
MeriemCamel Meriem
18
ŽůrekLibor Žůrek
20
MathisLionel Mathis
20
KováčRadoslav Kováč
21
ChapuisCyril Chapuis
Substitution87
21
HrdličkaTomáš Hrdlička
22
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre
22
ChvalovskyAleš Chvalovsky

Coach

Raymond Domenech (FRA) Miroslav Beranek (CZE)

Referee

Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Assistant referees

Justice Kingsley Yeboah (GHA), Philip Agius (MLT)

Fourth official

Felix Tangawarima (ZIM)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution