Czechs beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Euro qualifying
Milan Baros and Michal Kadlec scored to lead the Czech Republic
to a 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein in qualifying for the 2012
European Championship on Tuesday.
Baros collected a pass from captain Tomas Rosicky three minutes
into the game and scored with a low shot from the edge of the area
to beat goalkeeper Peter Jehle. It was the 39th goal for Baros in
81 international games.
Kadlec headed in the second in the 70th minute from a corner by
The Czechs are second in Group I with nine points from five
matches, while Liechtenstein is last with no points.
”It was a must-win match,” Czech coach Michal Bilek said.
”We’re glad for the win, although it was not our best game.”
Spain, which has a perfect record in qualifying with four wins,
is three points clear on top and plays at Lithuania later Tuesday.
Scotland and Lithuania are tied for third on four points.
The Czechs failed to convert numerous chances, especially Jan
Moravek in the first half while Baros hit the crossbar after the
Kadlec’s free kick forced Jehle into making a diving save in the
39th, and David Lafata, Zdenek Pospech, Tomas Sivok also came close
At the other end, Thomas Beck twice shot over the bar in the
first half, and Philippe Erne tested goalkeeper Petr Cech as the
Czechs defense looked surprisingly porous.
Cech saved David Hasler’s shot following a quick counterattack
in the 53rd.
”The opponent threatened from dangerous counterattacks,” Bilek
said. ”We made too many mistakes in the first half.”
The Czechs play next at Scotland on Sept. 3, while Liechtenstein
hosts Lithuania on June 3.
Before the game, fans and players observed a minute’s silence
for defender Ladislav Novak, who captained Czechoslovakia to the
final of the 1962 World Cup in Chile. Novak died last week at age
Czech Republic: Petr Cech, Zdenek Pospech, Roman Hubnik, Tomas
Sivok, Michal Kadlec, Jaroslav Plasil, Tomas Hubschman, Tomas
Rosicky (Jan Polak, 84), Jan Moravek (Adam Hlousek, 56), Milan
Baros, David Lafata (Tomas Necid, 59).
Liechtenstein: Peter Jehle, Michael Stocklasa, Martin
Rechsteiner, Martin Stocklasa, Thomas Beck, Mario Frick, Franz
Burgmeier, Martin Buchel (Wolfgang Kieber, 10; Andreas Christen,
81), David Hasler, Philippe Erne, Nicolas Hasler.