Czechs reach Euro playoff by beating Lithuania
The Czech Republic clinched a spot in the playoffs for the 2012
European Championship after Jan Razek and Michail Kadlec both
scored twice Tuesday to secure a 4-1 over Lithuania in their final
The victory means the Czechs finished second in Group I behind
Spain to advance to a playoff for a spot in next year’s tournament
in Poland and Ukraine.
Scotland finished third in the group after losing 3-1 to Spain
The Czech side, which lost to Lithuania at home last year,
attacked from the start at the Darius and Girenas Stadium in
Kadlec scored the first goal on a penalty in the second minute
after Lithuanian defender Andrius Skerla brought down Milan Baros.
Rezek doubled the lead in the 16th minute with a precise shot from
13 meters (yards) out.
Rezek scored his second goal just before halftime, heading the
ball past Lithuanian goalkeeper Zydrunas Karcemarskas from 10
meters (yards) out after a brilliant pass from Jaroslav Plasil.
Lithuania battled back in the second half, and pulled a goal
back after Darvydas Sernas was fouled in the penalty area in the
67th minute and converted the spot kick himself. Roman Hubnik was
sent off for fouling Sernas.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech saved what seemed to be a certain
goal from Mindaugas Panka’s close-range header in the 82 minute,
but the Czechs put the game beyond reach when substitute Tomas
Pekhart was fouled inside the area in the 84th and Kadlec netted
his second goal from the spot.
Lithuania: Zydrunas Karcemarskas, Ramunas Radavicius, Gediminas
Vicius, Andrius Skerla, Marius Zaliukas, Darvydas Sernas, Robertas
Poskus (Mindaugas Panka, 57th), Saulius Mikoliunas, Linas
Pilibaitis (Ricardas Beniusis, 73rd), Kestutis Ivaskevicius
(Arvydas Novikovas, 46th), Marius Stankevicius.
Czech Republic: Petr Cech, Theodor Gebreselassie, Michal Kadlec,
Roman Hubnik, Tomas Sivok, Jan Rezek (Zdenek Pospech, 82nd), Daniel
Kolar, Jaroslav Plasil, Vaclav Pilar (Daniel Pudil, 70th), Milan
Baros( Tomas Pekhart, 59th), Petr Jiracek.