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Euro 2012: Czech Republic Qualifies With Ease

Montenegro – Czech Republic 0:1 (0:0) 
Goals: 81 ‘Jiráček. Referee: Rizzoli – Stefani, Faverani (all Italian). Yellow: Demjanovič., Pavicevic, Vucinic, Drincic, Savic – Baroš.

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Montenegro: M. Bozovic – Pavicevic, Džudovič, Savic, V. Bozovic (79 ‘Djalovič) – Bečiraj (57′ Delibasic), Drincic, Zverotic, Damjanovic (76 ‘Vukcevic) – Vucinic, Jovetic. Technical: Brnovič.

Czech Republic: Čech – Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Hubník, Kadlec – Rezek (60 ‘Pospěch), Plasil Jiráček, Pilar (69′ Kolář) – Rosický – Pekhart (84 ‘Baroš). Technical: Bílek

The Czech national football in its Euro 2012 qualifier deservedly won the return match against Montenegro. The guys of Bílek stubbornly defended the two goals scored in Prague while running some risks too. In fact, twice the goalkeeper Čech was in danger of conceding, the first in the area freed by Damjanovic that struck the crossbar and secondly when a corner met captain Vučinić, who just missed the target.

Of course, the visitors set the game on the defensive strengths of the first leg advantage gained while locals appeared too quick and tense to say the least thing wrong.

The joke for the Montenegro fans came in the 81st when fine midfielder Petr Jiráček mocked three opponents before piercing the ball past Bozovic to score his first goal for the national team.  

“We deserved to qualify to the European championships,” Bílek admitted after the game, adding quickly how “we endured their pressure but managed to defend ourselves well. I’m happy for the boys and my country, and I am proud to be part of this group. “

Since 1996 the Czech Republic has qualified for the European Championships and now looks forward to the draw, which will take place in December to decide on the preliminary rounds.

By Lorenzo Di Cicco (www.Lavoce.cz)

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