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Czechs crash out
Jan Polak
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Jan Polak trudges off after being shown a red card
Italy comfortably beat 10-man Czech Republic to progress to the knock-out stages of the World Cup as Group E winners. Former Everton defender Marco Materazzi gave the Azzurri a 25th-minute lead having only come on as a substitute eight minutes earlier before another replacement, Filippo Inzaghi, killed the game off four minutes from time. [+]

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Insight and Opinion

Czechs eye debut of distinction

Phil Holland profiles a talented and experienced Czech Republic squad preparing to take part in its first World Cup Finals. [+]

Group E Tactics Board

The race for 1st place in Group E is on. And the Italians and Czechs face tough opponents in Ghana and USA, says Nick Bidwell[+]

More Czech Republic News

July 11, 2006
Poborsky announces international retirement
Czech midfielder Karel Poborsky announced his international retirement on Tuesday but said he would play one more year with first division team Ceske Budejovice, the club he co-owns.
June 27, 2006
Cech has post-World Cup shoulder surgery
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has undergone shoulder surgery following the Czech Republic's World Cup exit.
June 23, 2006
Czechs in shock after World Cup exit
Football-mad Czech Republic was in shock on Friday after the national team were unceremoniously dumped out of the World Cup finals after the group stage of the tournament.
June 22, 2006
Lippi lauds Italy's 'terrific' team spirit
Coach Marcello Lippi was fulsome in his praise of Italy's unity after they beat 10-man Czech Republic 2-0 on Wednesday to finish top of World Cup Group E.
Czechs gamble on Baros in Group E D-Day
The Czech Republic have gambled on the returning Milan Baros in attack against Italy.
June 21, 2006
Perrotta fit to face the Czechs
Italy midfielder Simone Perrotta, who had been doubtful with a leg injury, said he would be fit to face Czech Republic in Thursday's World Cup Group E match.
Bruckner will wait for Baros fitness test
The Czech Republic plan to wait before deciding whether striker Milan Baros will be fit enough to start against Italy in Thursday's Group E match, coach Karel Brueckner said on Wednesday.
Cannavaro fears Nedved
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has identified playmaker Pavel Nedved as the biggest threat in their World Cup clash against the Czech Republic on Thursday.
Latest Fixtures/Scores
DATEOPPONENTRESULTCompetition
Wed 3/5 H- Norway D, 2-2 Friendly
Fri 11/15 H- Canada W, 2-0 Friendly
Tue 10/15 A - Bulgaria W, 0-1 WCQ - UEFA
Fri 10/11 A - Malta W, 1-4 WCQ - UEFA
Tue 9/10 A - Italy L, 2-1 WCQ - UEFA
Fri 9/6 H- Armenia L, 1-2 WCQ - UEFA
Wed 8/14 A - Hungary D, 1-1 Friendly
Fri 6/7 H- Italy D, 0-0 WCQ - UEFA
Tue 3/26 A - Armenia W, 0-3 WCQ - UEFA
Fri 3/22 H- Denmark L, 0-3 WCQ - UEFA
· Complete Team Fixtures