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Monday, 12th June 2006
Bouncing Czechs

Group E Match

USA vs Czech Republic
Gelsenkirchen

Previous Encounters:
The United States and Czech Republic have never met before although they did play each other in Italia 90, when Czech Republic was a part of Czechoslovakia.

The two teams were drawn together in Group 1 (of six groups) and played in Florence on 10th June. Czechoslovakia beat United States (5:1) and went on to the quarter-finals; where they were beaten by eventual winners, West Germany.

The Match:
The USA might be ranked fifth in the world but just look at who they play against to get those rankings.

Today Team USA played with the big boys and the biggest of them all, head and shoulders above the rest, Jan Koller lost Eddie Pope with a trick run to the front post (as Zdenek Grygera's cross was coming in from the right), then took a couple of steps back and powered his header home, in the 5th minute, past the helpless Kasey Keller.

With the one goal lead, Czech Republic seemed prepared to let the USA have more of the ball; hoping to catch them on the break again.

The first real attack on Petr Cech's goal, in the 28th minute, resulted in Claudio Reyna's well struck shot thumping back off the foot of the post; with the Chelsea goalkeeper clearly beaten.

Ten minutes before half-time, a poor clearance fell to Tomas Rosicky. The Arsenal replacement for Robert Pires looked up briefly, struck the ball cleanly and watched as it flew into Keller's top left corner.

A sprint into the channel, just before half-time, was a stride too far for the just returned from injury, Jan Koller; as he pulled up and rolled over in the US penalty area, with what looked like a strained hamstring.

The injury momentarily silenced the boisterous Czech fans; when they would have preferred to be celebrating a comfortable half-time lead, with their main target man a continued threat on the pitch for the second-half.

Half-time: (0:2)

Bruce Arena made two half-time substitutions to try and change the direction of the game.

The Americans still struggled to get into the game, early in the second-half, although Pavel Nedved did get more physical attention; eventually earning the American captain a booking, on the hour.

Because of the earlier booking, Reyna appeared sloppy when tracking Nedved; allowing the Juventus maestro to turn easily and orchestrate another dangerous attack for the Czech Republic.

Tomas Rosicky so nearly made it three, in the 68th minutes, with a cracking shot onto Kasey Keller's crossbar, from way outside the area. Bruce Aren looked on glumly; perhaps already pondering his battle plans for the next two games against Italy and Ghana.

He would have some relief to see substitute Eddie Johnson show what a threat he can be, with a shot narrowly wide; a block on his next advance; followed by Cech's safe hands cutting out another possible chance.

As Arena stood up to plan his next tactical substitution, Rosicky ran through the middle; looked up once, then twice before lifting the ball cooly over Kasey Keller and into the net.

The strong result by the Czech Republic will be a little overshadowed by the injury to Jan Koller; especially if they get through to the final stages and he hasn't healed.

Final Score:
USA 0 - Czech Republic 3

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Jan Koller (5)
0:2 Tomas Rosicky (36)
0:3 Tomas Rosicky (76)

Our man of The Match:
Tomas Rosicky; two great goals and good interpretation of the play around him.

Teams

USA: (Captain Claudio Reyna)
18 Kasey Keller; 4 Pablo Mastroeni, 6 Steve Cherundolo, 22 Oguchi Onyewu, 23 Eddie Pope; 7 Eddie Lewis, 10 Claudio Reyna, 15 Bobby Convey, 17 DaMarcus Beasley, 21 Landon Donovan; 20 Brian McBride.

Czech Republic: (Captain Tomas Galasek)
1 Petr Cech; 2 Zdenek Grygera, 6 Marek Jankulovski, 21 Tomas Ujfalusi, 22 David Rozehnal; 4 Tomas Galasek, 8 Karel Poborsky, 10 Tomas Rosicky, 11 Pavel Nedved, 20 Jaroslav Plasil; 9 Jan Koller.

Referee:
Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)

Substitutions Substitutions:
45 Mins (Czech Republic) - 12 Vratislav Lokvenc on for 9 Jan Koller
46 Mins (USA) - 5 John O'Brien on for 6 Steve Cherundolo
46 Mins (USA) - 9 Eddie Johnson on for 4 Pablo Mastroeni
77 Mins (USA) - 16 Josh Wolff on for 20 Brian McBride
82 Mins (Czech Republic) - 19 Jan Polak on for 8 Karel Poborsky
86 Mins (Czech Republic) - 17 Jiri Stajner on for 10 Tomas Rosicky

Yellow Cards 6 Yellow Cards:
4 Mins - Oguchi Onyewu (USA)
16 Mins - David Rozehnal (Czech Repuclic)
59 Mins - Vratislav Lokvenc (Czech Republic)
60 Mins - Claudio Reyna (USA)
81 Mins - Tomas Rosicky (Czech Republic)
88 Mins - Zdenek Grygera (Czech Republic)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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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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Teams by Group

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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