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Group A: Czech Republic v Germany preview

Published: Monday 22 June 2015, 20.20CET
Germany coach Horst Hrubesch is aware of the danger posed by a Czech Republic side backed by passionate home support in Tuesday's Group A finale at the Eden Stadium.
by Philip Röber & Ondřej Zlámal
from Eden Stadium
Group A: Czech Republic v Germany preview
Horst Hrubesch knows Germany face a partisan crowd in Prague ©Getty Images

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: Monday 22 June 2015, 20.20CET

Group A: Czech Republic v Germany preview

Germany coach Horst Hrubesch is aware of the danger posed by a Czech Republic side backed by passionate home support in Tuesday's Group A finale at the Eden Stadium.

• Czech Republic coach Jakub Dovalil says his side have not got carried away by Serbia win
• "You play football to be involved in such games," Dovalil adds
• Horst Hrubesch knows Germany will have the Eden Stadium crowd against them
• "If Czechs can build pressure ... there's no team they can't beat," Hrubesch says
• Hosts missing injured Václav Kadlec; Germany at full strength

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. A more detailed breakdown of the permutations can be found here.

Possible lineups
Czech Republic: Koubek; Kadeřábek, Brabec, Kalas, Hybš; Petrák, Zmrnal; Skalák, Trávník, Frýdek; Kliment
• Out: Kadlec (ankle)
• Misses next match if booked: Masopust 

Germany: Ter Stegen; Korb, Ginter, Heintz, Günter; Kimmich, Can; Bittencourt, Meyer, Younes; Volland
• Misses next match if booked: Leitner

Jakub Dovalil, Czech Republic coach
Our self-confidence is higher after such a victory, of course. But now we are going to play against a very strong opponent in Germany and I think they have not shown their best at the tournament yet. I don't think there's any kind of overwhelming euphoria in the team that we would need to calm down.

We hope Jan Kliment can repeat such a good display as against Serbia. But it was not only him who deserved credit for the goals — the other players, especially the wingers, set the goals up for him. I think Germany are going to mark him well. This game will not be only about his performance.

Coaches and players play football for a chance to be involved in games like this. We cannot beat Germany regularly, but we can in a one-off match. It is enough to look at the statistics to see what a strong team they are, but we will have a full stadium behind us, and this may be a great help.

Horst Hrubesch, Germany coach
These are the kinds of games you want. We'll be playing in front of a sell-out crowd, and we know it won't be easy. No team is through yet. Whoever loses the game here will have a problem ending the group stage successfully.

We've seen in this tournament that it's difficult for every team whenever their opponents take the game in hand. If the Czechs are able to build pressure as they did in the opening phase against Serbia, there's no team here they can't beat.

The Czechs absolutely have to get something from the game. With the support they'll have here in the stadium, they'll be highly motivated. We have seen that they're very strong on the flanks. Václav Kadlec is a good player, but they continued playing in the same way without him against Serbia. This game will not be about an individual player, but rather the team.

For me, it's always important to have the Olympic Games in the back of your mind. But we're taking things step by step. If we manage to qualify for the Olympics tomorrow, I'll be very happy. I could talk for half an hour about the significance of the Olympics for me. I have never played in that tournament.

Form guide (including friendlies, most recent first)
Czech Republic: WLWWW
Germany: WDLDD

Senior internationals in squad
Czech Republic: Ladislav Krejčí (14), Václav Kadlec (11), Pavel Kadeřábek (8), Tomáš Kalas (1)

Germany: Matthias Ginter (5), Marc-André ter Stegen (4), Kevin Volland (3), Christian Günter (1), Maximilian Arnold (1), Max Meyer (1)

Match fact
• The Czech Republic played host to Germany at the Eden Stadium just seven months ago. Check out our extensive match background to find out what happened.

Last updated: 22/06/15 22.42CET

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