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Czech Republic v Germany background

Published: Sunday 21 June 2015, 5.00CET
Hosts Czech Republic need to win while Germany can progress with just a point as the Group A rivals meet at the Eden Stadium just seven months after their last game there.
Czech Republic v Germany background
Michael Krmenčík on the ball against Germany in November ©Jan Tauber

Tournament statistics

Czech RepublicGermany

Goals scored6
 
5
Total attempts43
 
59
on target17
 
20
off target15
 
23
blocked11
 
16
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners16
 
19
Offsides5
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
10
Red Cards0
2
Fouls committed54
 
50
Fouls suffered42
 
60
Published: Sunday 21 June 2015, 5.00CET

Czech Republic v Germany background

Hosts Czech Republic need to win while Germany can progress with just a point as the Group A rivals meet at the Eden Stadium just seven months after their last game there.

The Czech Republic and Germany complete their UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group A fixtures at Eden Stadium seven months on from their last meeting at this arena.

• A point is enough for Germany to progress to the last four, while the Czech Republic must win to clinch a semi-final berth - lose, and the hosts are out. Click here for all the possible permutations.

• The four semi-finalists in the Czech Republic will qualify for next summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Should England reach the last four, the two third-placed teams will contest a play-off on 28 June to take their place.

Previous meetings
These teams drew 1-1 in a friendly at Eden Stadium on 18 November 2014, four days after the Czech Republic had drawn 2-2 against fellow Group A contenders Denmark at the same arena.

• Michael Krmenčík gave the Czechs a half-time lead only for Moritz Leitner to equalise just past the hour.

• Competitively they came up against each other in 2012 qualifying, the Czech Republic winning 2-1 in Wiesbaden on 8 September 2009 and drawing 1-1 in Mlada Boleslav on 3 September 2010 to top the group – and eliminating holders Germany – on their way to an eventual semi-final.

• The teams at Mestský Stadium in 2010 were:
Czech Republic: Vaclík, Hošek, Řezník, Gecov, Čelůstka, Dočkal (Vácha 46), Kozák (Chramosta 65), Pekhart, Fabián, Černý, Mareček (Hořava 88).
Germany
: Baumann, Jung, Rausch, Soviech, Kirchhoff, Moritz, Herrmann (Ekici 67), Rudy (Götze 61), Sukuta-Pasu, Holtby, Mlapa (Funk 89).

• They also met in the 2006 play-offs. Germany won 2-0 away and 1-0 at BayArena to qualify for a tournament, but went on to finish bottom of Group A in Portugal.

• In all these teams have met seven times, including friendlies, the Czech Republic winning one and Germany three, with three draws. Germany have scored eight goals to the Czech Republic's five.

• There were also four friendlies between Czechoslovakia and West Germany. All three in Czechoslovakia were drawn 1-1; West Germany won 3-1 in 1985 in Regensburg, Stefan Kuntz scoring twice.

Match background
• The Czech Republic, winners in 2002, last qualified in 2011 when they finished fourth in Denmark. They also qualified in 2007 and 2000, when they were runners-up.

• Germany won this competition for the only time in 2009, and most recently exited in the group stage in 2013.

• This is Germany's fifth qualification in seven tournaments.

Coach profiles
Czech Republic: Jakub Dovalil
Born 08/02/1974
Dovalil was appointed in November 2008, four months after he led the Czech U19s to the last four of their UEFA European Championship on home soil. In 2006 the former SK Slavia Praha youth coach had also steered the U17s to their respective continental final, where they succumbed on penalties to Russia.

Germany: Horst Hrubesch
Born 17/04/51
Curiously, Hrubesch replaced his successor Rainer Adrion after Germany's disappointing showing at Israel 2013. The former West Germany striker, who had guided the U21s to glory at the 2009 finals in Sweden, scored both goals during his nation's 2-1 triumph over Belgium in the 1980 UEFA European Championship final.

Form guide
Czech Republic
Last five games: WLWWW
2013-15 friendlies top scorer: Michael Krmenčík (3), Tomáš Přikryl (3)

Germany
Last five games: WDLDD
Qualifying top scorer: Philipp Hoffman (7)

Czech Republic team news
• Jan Kliment's hat-trick against Serbia in the 4-0 win on Saturday was only the third treble scored in U21 EURO final tournament history. Sweden's Marcus Berg (2009) and Spain's Thiago Alcântara (2013) were the other players to have achieved the feat.

• The 4-0 victory at Prague's Letná Stadium marked the Czech team's biggest U21 EURO final tournament triumph, beating the 3-1 win they registered against the Netherlands in the 2000 group stage.

• After the game, Kliment told UEFA.com: "After the first match, in which we were a little bit unlucky, this is really a big boost for us. I think everyone is in a good mood because we all played well. We enjoyed playing football today and we don't feel tired. I think Germany should be afraid of us."

• Václav Kadlec limped off before the half-hour mark against Serbia, and medical examination on Sunday revealed ankle ligament damage that will sideline the Frankfurt forward for three to four weeks.

• Pavel Kadeřábek, who was named the Czech top flight's 2014/15 Player of the Year, left Sparta Praha for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim last week.

Germany team news
• Germany's 3-0 win against Denmark on Saturday was the Scandinavians' heaviest defeat in a U21 EURO final tournament, surpassing the 3-1 loss they suffered to Iceland on home soil in 2011.

• After the victory at Eden Stadium, midfielder Amin Younes told UEFA.com: "We wanted to improve from game to game, and we managed to do that today. It's very, very tight in the group. Recovery is planned for tomorrow morning, and then we will see what we can do against the Czechs."

• Christian Günter is available after serving a one-match ban following his red card against Serbia in the opening game.

• Emre Can has been suffering ongoing calf problems since the start of the tournament, and limped from the pitch when substituted during the second half against Denmark. However, this was only a precaution and he resumed normal training on Sunday.

Last updated: 22/06/15 11.47CET

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