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

Jaroslav Plasil.

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

break.

Kadlec’s free kick forced Jehle into making a diving save in the

39th, and David Lafata, Zdenek Pospech, Tomas Sivok also came close

to scoring.

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

79.

Lineups:

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.