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Thursday, 22nd June 2006
Czechs Bounced Out

Group E Match

Czech Republic vs Italy
Hamburg

Previous Encounters:
The Czech Republic have a good history against Italy (winning two and drawing one in recent encounters). The draw (2:2) was in Palermo on 18th February 2004 while the two wins occured in a Prague friendly (1:0) on 18th May 2002 and in Liverpool (2:1) at Euro 96 (14th June, 1996).

In previous World Cups, Italy beat the former Czechoslovakia: (2:0) at Italy 1990 and (2:1aet) in the Italy 1934 Final. Both matches were in Rome.

Although Czechoslovakia lost to Italy in the 1990 Group Stage, they did continue onto the quarter-finals (where they lost to West Germany) while Italy lost to Argentina in the Semi-final.

The Match:
Italy try to leave the Serie A footballing scandal behind them to concentrate on qualification into the Second Round here in Hamburg.

As expected, Italy didn't give Czech Republic any early space and Milan Baros tried hard to impress up front; perhaps a little too eager, as he committed a number of fouls.

Pavel Nedved tested Gianluigi Buffon in the 12th minute, with a low drive near the right post but his Juventus team-mate is probably used to those in training. A similar shot, to the other post four minutes later, proved a little more troublesome.

Alessandro Nesta had to limp off in the 17th minute, giving Milan Baros a new, taller man-marker.

Ghana took the lead against the USA, which should make these teams liven up.

And it did as substitute Marco Materazzi rose above the Czech defence to head in Totti's corner in the 26th minute; made easier as no defenders were on the post.

Czech Republic needed to do some serious re-thinking at half-time as Milan Baros, lacking match practice, looked isolated up front and often crowded out by Italians; when he did get the ball.

Karel Bruckner's problems were worsened when Jan Polak was sent off; after getting his second yellow card, for tackling from behind.

Half-time: (0:1).

Petr Cech did well to turn Totti's shot around for a corner seven minutes after the re-start. Then at the other end, Pavel Nedved burst forward to force a good save from Gianluigi Buffon.

Halfway through the second-half, Italian substitute Filippo Inzaghi almost made Czech Republic pay for a defensive clearance that bounced back into the area but Petr Cech was out quick to narrow the angle.

Czech Republic sprang into life on the edge of the Italian area, with twenty minutes to go, but again Buffon was equal to Nedved's shot.

Italy didn't really exert themselves but just did enough to qualify for the Second Round and win the group in the process as Filippo Inzaghi walked the ball around a sprawling Petr Cech to make sure.

Final Score:
Czech Republic 0 - Itay 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Marco Materazzi (26)
0:2 Filippo Inzaghi (88)

Teams

Czech Republic:
1 Petr Cech; 2 Zdenek Grygera, 5 Radoslav Kovac, 6 Marek Jankulovski, 22 David Rozehnal; 8 Karel Poborsky, 10 Tomas Rosicky, 11 Pavel Nedved, 19 Jan Polak, 20 Jaroslav Plasil; 15 Milan Baros.

Italy:
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 3 Fabio Grosso, 5 Fabio Cannavaro, 13 Alessandro Nesta, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta; 8 Gennaro Gattuso, 10 Francesco Totti, 16 Mauro Camoranesi, 20 Simone Perrotta, 21 Andrea Pirlo; 11 Alberto Gilardino.

Referee:
Benito Archundia (Mexico)

Substitutions Substitutions:
17 Mins (Italy) - 23 Marco Materazzi on for 13 Alessandro Nesta
46 Mins (Czech Republic) - 17 Jiri Stajner on for 8 Karel Poborsky
60 Mins (Italy) - 18 Filippo Inzaghi on for 11 Alberto Gilardino
64 Mins (Czech Republic) - 14 David Jarolim on for 15 Milan Baros
74 Mins (Italy) - 17 Simone Barone on for 16 Mauro Camoranesi
78 Mins (Czech Republic) - 18 Marek Heinz on for 5 Radoslav Kovac

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
31 Mins - Gennaro Gattuso (Italy)
35 Mins - Jan Polak (Czech Republic)
45 Mins - Jan Polak (Czech Republic)

Red Cards 1 Red Card.
45 Mins - Jan Polak (Czech Republic)

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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