• FT

    Bosnia-Herz

    0

    Portugal

    0

  • FT

    Turkey

    0

    Croatia

    3

  • FT

    Czech Rep

    2

    Montenegro

    0

  • FT

    Estonia

    0

    Rep of Ire

    4

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Letna Stadion

Referee: Martin Atkinson | Attendance: 14560

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Czech Republic

  • Vaclav Pilar 63'
  • Tomas Sivok 90' +2'

2 - 0

FT

Sivok puts Czechs in control

A late header from Tomas Sivok saw the Czech Republic put one foot in the Euro 2012 finals with victory over Montenegro in the first leg of their qualifying play-off.

The Czechs held a narrow lead after Vaclav Pilar's 63rd minute goal but Sivok's goal in injury time gives them a clear advantage going into the second leg.

And it was no less than they deserved after a strong showing on the night.

Jaroslav Plasil's early shot was held by Mladen Bozovic while at the other end Milan Jovanovic fired over in lively opening exchanges.

The hosts were enjoying the better of the chances though, and Bozovic could only parry a free-kick from Daniel Pudil before doing a better job with another shot from the same man moments later.

Mirko Vucinic sent a volley over the crossbar before the Czechs resumed peppering shots at Bozovic's goal.

A weak effort from Tomas Pekhart was off-target before Tomas Rosicky's effort was charged down by Miodrag Djudovic and Petr Jiracek blazed over.

Vucinic had another good chance for the visitors in the 39th minute but missed with his close-range header.

Having been on the back foot for much of the first half, Montenegro made an excellent start to the second half.

Dejan Damjanovic went close just seconds after the restart, before Petr Cech tipped Simon Vukcevic's shot around the post moments later.

The Chelsea goalkeeper then made another fine save to deny Damjanovic before the hosts could impose themselves on the game again.

But impose themselves they did, and Pekhart and Jiracek had both gone close again before Pilar made the breakthrough in the 63rd minute, latching on to Rosicky's pass and firing into the top right-hand corner of the net from 25 yards.

Theodor Gebre Selassie tried to extend the lead with an ambitious long-range effort which Bozovic easily held, while a free-kick from Michal Kadlec in a decent position went straight into the wall.

They got what could be the critical goal just inside injury time, with Rosicky again the provider as his free-kick found the head of Sivok to beat the goalkeeper.

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Scoring Summary

  • Czech Republic
  • Montenegro
Vaclav Pilar (63')
Tomas Sivok (90 + 2')
 

Match Stats

  • Czech Republic
  • Montenegro
9(5) Shots (on goal) 8(3)
19 Fouls 29
5 Corner kicks 3
1 Offsides 3
58% Time of Possession 42%
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 5

Teams

  • Czech Republic
  • Montenegro
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Vaclav Pilar (45 + 2')
Jan Rezek (65')