Updates: 22.06.2021 23:47
LONDON – In the final match of Group D at the European Championships, the Czech footballers lost to England in London 0: 1 and advanced to the elimination phase from third place. The Wembley match was decided in the 12th minute by Raheem Sterling. Both teams already had some participation in the round of 16 before the duel.
After a 2-0 victory over Scotland and a 1-0 draw with Croatia, the Czech team lost for the first time in the tournament and finished the group with four points. For the Croats, he fell due to a goal with a lower number of goals scored. Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý’s charges advanced as one of the four best teams from third places, which will be completed by the first two teams from each group in the elimination phase.
In the round of 16, the representatives will compete against Belgium, the Netherlands, or the winners of Group E, the opponent will be decided on Wednesday. The English have not yet collected at the championship, they have gained seven points and at the beginning of the elimination phase they will compete on Tuesday with the second team from the strong group F.
Coach Šilhavý’s charges did not undo last year’s highest 0-0 victory from Wembley from the start of the European qualifiers and did not follow up on the subsequent victory over Albion 2: 1 in home revenge. The Czech and Czechoslovak national teams did not win on English soil even on the ninth attempt.
Šilhavý placed the same opening eleven as on Friday against Croatia. Schick, who scored all three Czech goals in the tournament so far, was not missing in the attack, but today he did not add another one. English coach Southgate could not deploy the pair of Mount and Chilwell, who had to quarantine due to contact with a positive coronavirus tester.
The national team played in Wembley for the first time after two matches in Glasgow. They have a base during the Euro in Prague and fly to matches. While the British knelt before the excavation in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Czechs expressed their stance against intolerance by pointing to an inscription on the sleeve of the jersey, referring to a campaign called UEFA Respect.
The islanders started more actively and in the second minute they were able to open the score, but the Sterlings were spoiled by the joy of the rod after the lobby over the goalkeeper Vaclík. In the 12th minute, the Manchester City winger pushed through after a close shot sent the ball into the net after Grealish’s center. Sterling also scored the second English goal in the tournament, and even scored a hat-trick in the previous year’s victory over the Czech Republic.
In the 26th minute, Kane could have increased, but he did not see the first goal for this year’s Euro after Vaclík’s hand intervention. On the other side, he pulled Pickford Holeš. The Czech team rose at the end of the half and in the 36th minute was not far from the comparison. Souček, who, like Coufal, played against a teammate from West Ham Rice, but narrowly missed after a rebounded ball.
After the change of parties, the chances significantly decreased. After an hour of play, he received his second yellow card in the Bořil tournament and will lose the round of 16. After that, the Czech team pushed the opponent in the lime, but the referee Dias did not whistle the penalty.
In the 86th minute, Henderson overcame Vaclík, but the goal did not pay due to an offside. The English, who finished fourth in the last world championship and have been waiting for gold from the big event since 1966, have already kept three points without any problems.
Votes after the match:
Jaroslav Šilhavý (Czech coach): “After the initial nervousness when Sterling gave us a stick and then the goal fell in the 12th minute, we knocked a bit and leveled the game in combination. We got to half the opponent, but the quality in the offensive phase was clearly on the side of England. When it Sterling or Saka ran, so it was dangerous from their own half, I think we lacked quality in the offensive phase, I think we are going to the euro to the maximum, here we saw a confrontation with the teams that are waiting for us now – England, Croatia If we don’t put a team performance on the edge and we’re not lucky yet … We can beat them in one of five matches, for example, but the quality is clearly on their side. “
Tomáš Souček (midfielder of the Czech Republic): “I definitely feel like it was possible to get more out of it because we lost. We want to win every match. We didn’t do very well, England dominated a lot in the first half, but then we said something in the locker room and I think we did it. they improved a lot in the second half. It was a lot more balanced, we just weren’t so calm with their sixteen and we could have created even more chances. I think it’s a good preparation for the next round, because it will be a team similar to England.
Ondřej Čelůstka (defender of the Czech Republic): “We knew they would fly at us and want to show people that they had quality. They showed it, they scored a goal in the first half. We didn’t react and didn’t score a goal. It was a better match for us than the last one here two years ago. It was a bolder performance, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the points. Before the goal, we didn’t catch the lead on the side and the center on the back post. We didn’t have it covered there and they scored a goal from it. “
Czech Republic – England 0: 1 (0: 1)
Goal: 12. Sterling. Judges: Dias – Tavares, Soares – Pinherio (video, all Portug.). ŽK: Bořil (Czech Republic). Attendance: 19,104 (limited number).
CR: Vaclík – Coufal, Čelůstka, Kalas, Bořil – Souček, Holeš (84. Vydra) – Masopust (64. Hložek), Darida (64. Král), Jankto (46. Ševčík) – Schick (75. Pekhart). Coach: Squinting.
England: Pickford – Walker, Stones (79. Mings), Maguire, Shaw – Rice (46. J. Henderson), Phillips – Saka (84. Sancho), Grealish (67. Bellingham), Sterling (67. Rashford) – Kane. Trenér: Southgate.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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