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Cech Mistake No Matter

Petr Cech

Petr Cech (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group A:
Greece vs Czech Republic (1:2)
Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw.

A win for Greece would pretty much halt Czech Republic’s European Championship hopes here in Wroclaw so the Czechs needed to get off to a quick start.

The World United Through Football Greece 0 – Czech Republic 1
Petr Jiracek obliged within three minutes running on to a Milan Baros through ball and slotting the ball past Kostas Chalkias.

The World United Through Football Greece 0 – Czech Republic 2
By six minutes in, the score had doubled. Theodor Gebre Selassie ran down the right to the touchline and pulled the ball back to Vaclav Pilar in the centre; who stumbled through two  defenders to poke the ball home.

Substitution
The Greek number one seemed to have had enough and blamed it all on a bad back. Kostas Chalkias was replaced by Michail Sifakis, in the 22nd minute.

Five minutes before the break, Greece did manage to get the ball in the net but the flag was raised.

Half-time: Greece 0 – Czech Republic 2

The World United Through Football Greece 1 – Czech Republic 2
Persistence pays off, especially when Petr Cech looks a little suspect at times; gifting the ball to substitute Theofanis Gekas in the 53rd minute.

Greece tried to get the equaliser in the final minutes but failed, so now need to beat Russia to have any chance of staying in the tournament.

The Czech players consoled their goalkeeper; Cech’s mistake didn’t matter, thanks to the two early goals.

Final score: Greece 1 – Czech Republic 2

Teams

Travel to Greece
1-Kostas Chalkias; 5-Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 21-Kostas Katsouranis, 20-Jose Holebas, 15-Vasilis Torosidis; 2-Giannis Maniatis, 10-Giorgos Karagounis, 16-Giorgios Fotakis; 22-Konstantinos Fortounis, 7-Georgios Samaras, 14-Dimitris Salpingidis.

Travel to Czech Republic
1-Petr Cech; 3-Michal Kadlec, 6-Tomas Sivok, 8-David Limbersky, 2-Theodor Gebre Selassie; 13-Jaroslav Plasil, 17-Tomás Hubschman, 14-Vaclav Pilar, 19-Petr Jiracek; 15-Milan Baros, 10-Tomas Rosicky.

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June 12, 2012 - Posted by | Czech Republic, Euro 2012, Greece, Match Reports | , , , , ,

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