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  • Fri. 16th June: (Group D)
    Game 11 and will be working to improve their concentration from the start,
    Jan Breydel stadium, Bruges (18:00)

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Czech Rep.

Previous Game:
Hol - Cze (1-0)

Game 11

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Previous Game:
Fra - Den (3-0)

Euro96 finalist against France98 winner; a match with plenty of promise.

The Czech Republic will consider themselves unlucky to lose to Holland in their opening game. Frank de Boer stepped up to slot home an 89th minute penalty after his brother Ronald was deemed to have had his shirt pulled by the Italian referee.

Pavel Srnicek, the Czech goalkeeper, claims Nemec was harshly penalised as the ball was nowhere near the Dutch player at the time. Ronald de Boer acted up with a nice back somersault, of almost gold medal quality.

Pierluigi Collina then made himself even more popular in Prague when he ran over to the sidelines to show Radoslav Latal the red card.

The Czechs came to this tournament with ten wins out of ten, in their qualifying group. They can not afford to lose against France and need to get back to winning ways again.

If they have their eyes on the major prize, then they'll need to checkmate Zidane and co.; who looked stronger and faster against Denmark than the France who beat Brazil 3-0, to take the World Cup down the Champs Ellyses.

France have so much talent and there's a real flow to their game. The pace of Henry and Anelka up front is astounding and everytime Zidane has the ball their opponents are in trouble.

France can be beaten, as they usually take a while to get focused. Denmark had a few chances early on but their strikers weren't fast enough. The French know they have problems early, as Slovenia also proved in a recent friendly -- going two goals up in the first ten minutes, and will be working to improve their concentration from the start. When France do get into gear, it seems there's no stopping them.

Koller and Nedved, if he's fit, will be the ones to trouble France in and around their penalty area. The Czechs will need to strike a double whammy early or hope that it's their turn for a last minute penalty.

Czech Team:
1-Pavel Srnicek
2-Tomas Repka, 13-Radek Bejbl, 19-Karel Rada, 21-Petr Gabriel
4-Pavel Nedved, 7-Jiri Nemec, 8-Karel Poborsky, 11-Tomas Rosicky
10-Jan Koller, 17-Vladimir Smicer

France Team:
16-Fabien Barthez
15-Lilian Thuram, 8-Marcel Desailly, 5-Laurent Blanc, 2-Vincent Candela
17-Emmanuel Petit, 7-Didier Deschamps, 10-Zinedine Zidane, 4-Patrick Vieira
12-Thierry Henry, 9-Nicolas Anelka

Referee: Graham Poll (England)

First Half:
The Czechs make an active start , but it's soon the French who are in control. Zidane to Henry, who gets to the Czech goal-line. There's a hole in the defence.

Then in the 7th minute a sloppy back-pass from Petr Gabriel lets in Henry. The Arsenal player runs on goal to coolly put France in the lead.

The Czechs didn't lose their heads, tightened up at the back and made a few attacks of their own through Koller and Poborsky; Blanc and Desailly being called on to produce their best.

Zidane seemed a little contained, but still there were moments. Anelka came close with a glancing header in front of Srnicek in the 16th minute, but the Czechs were determined to get back in the game themselves.

In the 35th minute Poborsky leveled the scores from the spot. Smicer, on a run, gets flattened on the edge of the area. The English referee has a word with his linesman and the nod is given. He'll need that for his UEFA report.

In the last five minutes of the first half, Henry made a few solo runs, but Srnicek denied France the chance to take the lead again.
Half-time: 1-1

Second Half:
Djorkaeff comes on for Emmanuel Petit at the start of the second-half and soon puts France in the lead.

On the hour, Henry is being closely watched as he enters the Czech area. He manages to hook the ball around the defense with his left foot. The ball is in space, no-one going for it except Djorkaeff; from the right. The Kaiserslautern player, who helped to knock Tottenham out of the UEFA Cup, strikes it first time -- low, past Srnicek.

The Czechs started to lose their cool and a number of players entered the English referee's book, among them substitute Jankulovski; only on the field for five minutes.

From Czech set pieces, Koller headed over the bar and a few minutes later actually hit the woodwork, but the ball wouldn't go in for the Euro 96 finalists.

Result: Czech Republic 1 -- France 2

Man of the Match: Thierry Henry.


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