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Czechs make it three from three

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 21.25CET
Czech Republic 2-0 Northern Ireland
The Czech Republic warmed up for their crunch tie with Germany on Tuesday by winning their third straight match in qualifying Group 5.
by Ladislav Josef
Czechs make it three from three
Czech coach Jakub Dovalil ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 21.25CET

Czechs make it three from three

Czech Republic 2-0 Northern Ireland
The Czech Republic warmed up for their crunch tie with Germany on Tuesday by winning their third straight match in qualifying Group 5.

The Czech Republic continued their perfect start to their Group 5 campaign in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a third straight victory, this time 2-0 over Northern Ireland, in Jablonec.

Penalty save
The home side did not have it all their own way, however, as Czech goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík was called on to make a penalty save early in the second half, but late goals from Marcel Gecov and Bořek Dočkal kept them in firm command of the section. The Czech Republic created the first chance in the 36th minute when Jiří Valenta hit the bar then after the interval visiting goalkeeper Trevor Carson twice denied Adam Hloušek when well placed. The best chance of all, however, fell to Shane Duffy but his 50th-minute penalty was saved by Vaclík after Billy Kee had been tripped in the area.

Grand finale
That let off stirred the home side into action and they went ahead in the 72nd minute when Gecov scored from the close range. His FC Slovan Liberec team-mate Dočkal then hit the crossbar before adding the second with seven minutes to play. Jakub Dovalil's side lead Group 5 by six points from Germany, who have played two games less and who they meet in Wiesbaden on Tuesday in a clash that could go a long way in determining the outcome of the section.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.15CET

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Lineups

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
1
CarsonTrevor Carson (GK)
2
LecjaksJan Lecjaks
Yellow Card48
2
HodsonLee Hodson
4
MazuchOndřej Mazuch
3
CasementChris Casement
Substitution70
5
ČelůstkaOndřej Čelůstka
4
WeirRobert Weir
7
ValentaJiří Valenta
Substitution59
5
CathcartCraig Cathcart (C)
Substitution82
8
DočkalBořek Dočkal (C)
Goal83
Substitution89
6
DuffyShane Duffy
Penalty50
10
HloušekAdam Hloušek
7
BryanMichael Bryan
Substitution67
11
VošahlíkJan Vošahlík
Yellow Card36
Substitution79
8
GarrettRobert Garrett
Yellow Card61
13
M. ČernýMilan Černý
Yellow Card61
9
KeeBilly Kee
14
GecovMarcel Gecov
Goal72
10
MagennisJosh Magennis
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
11
McQuoidJosh McQuoid

Substitutes

16
HanušJan Hanuš (GK)
12
O'NeillSean O'Neill (GK)
3
DejmekRadek Dejmek
13
D. LaffertyDaniel Lafferty
Substitution70
6
VáchaLukáš Vácha
Substitution59
14
LowryPhilip Lowry
Substitution82
9
RabušicMichael Rabušic
Substitution79
15
ShrootRobin Shroot
12
MarečekLukáš Mareček
16
McKayBilly McKay
15
ChramostaJan Chramosta
17
M. DonnellyMartin Donnelly
Substitution67
18
ZemanMartin Zeman
Substitution89

Coach

Jakub Dovalil (CZE) Steve Beaglehole (ENG)

Referee

Thomas Vejlgaard (DEN)

Assistant referees

Jakob Bille (DEN), David Vang Andersen (DEN)

Fourth official

Emil Laursen (DEN)

Legend:

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