Friday November 11, 2011 Play-offs Finished Generali Arena

Czech Republic 2 - 0 Montenegro

  • Pilar 63’
  • Sivok 90’

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  1. Czechs in control after home win

    Czechs in control after home win

    Vaclav Pilar and Tomas Sivok struck as the Czech Republic ran out 2-0 home winners over Montenegro in their Euro 2012 play-off first leg. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Czech Republic
    • Montenegro
    • 90' Full-time: Czech Republic 2-0 Montenegro. The Czechs gain a stranglehold on the playoff tie with a convincing 2-0 first-leg victory over Montenegro in Prague.
    • 90+3' A 30-yard Drincic free-kick travels harmlessly over Petr Cech's crossbar.
    • 90+1' GOAL FOR CZECH REPUBLIC! CZECH REPUBLIC 2-0 MONTENEGRO (Tomas Sivok) A Tomas Rosicky free-kick from the left is beautifully curled in from the left flank and Sivok arrives at the near post to head home unmarked to give the Czech's a two-goal cushion.
    • 90' We're into three minutes of stoppage time at the end of the match.
    • 90' Montenegro sub: Delibasic on for Vukcevic. Czech sub: Kolar on for the goal-scorer Pilar
    • 89' Rosicky jinks his way through the heart of the Montenegro defence and sets up Pilar, but it is a great last-ditch tackle as the midfielder was about to pull the trigger.
    • 88' Gebreselassie attempts to free Pospech down the Czech right but he strays offside.
    • 85' Tomas Sivok heads out for a Montenegro corner. The resulting delivery into the box is wasteful, but comes out to Pavicevic whose ball back into the box is caught by a back-peddling Cech.
    • 82' Montenegro sub: Zverotic is on for Pekovic. Czech sub: Pospech on for Rezek
    • 80' Pekovic is booked for obstruction on Rosicky, but worse for Montenegro it gives the Czech's a chance at goal with a free-kick from a promising position just outside the penalty area. Kadlec's effort is charged down and the Czech's appeal for handball, but nothing is given.
    • 78' Tight call for the ref as Jovetic is flagged offside when attempting to receive the ball down the left wing. It was marginal and the winger looked level on second viewing.
    • 76' We're into the last 15 minutes and Montenegro are struggling to even keep hold of the ball, let alone trouble Petr Cech in the Czech goal.
    • 73' Montenegro now attempt to attack down the right but again the delivery is lacking in quality (something which can be said for both teams so far tonight).
    • 72' Gebreselassie cuts inside but his effort at goal is deflected, taking the sting out of it, and Bozovic can gather with ease.
    • 71' A free-kick for the Czechs out on the left is delivered into the box and Jiracek manages to win a corner for his team but, from that, Sivok is unable to make contact and Montenegro clear.
    • 69' Milan Jovanovic is booked after returning the foul compliment on Rezek.
    • 68' Montenegro have struggled to respond since going a goal behind, with several poor deliveries into the Czech box comfortably dealt with by the home side's defence.
    • 66' Rezek is the latest player to be booked for a foul on Jovanovic.
    • 65' Pilar was booked for his celebrations
    • 64' GOAL FOR CZECH REPUBLIC! CZECH REPUBLIC 1-0 MONTENEGRO (Vaclav Pilar) Vaclav Pilar opens the scoring for the Czechs with a sumptuouos curling effort into the far corner that Bozovic cannot get a hand to. Rosicky had released Pilar and the midfielder finished with aplomb.
    • 62' Montenegro sub: Bozovic comes on for Damjanovic
    • 61' The Czech's best chance of the second-half as Rosicky picks out Jiracek on the edge of the Montenegro box, but the midfielder sends his effort a whisker over the visitors' goal.
    • 59' Gebreselassie feeds Rezek down the right-flank but the Czech player fails to keep the ball from going out.
    • 58' Stevan Jovetic is once more flagged offside after mis-timing his run forwards.
    • 57' Pekovic manages to get a foot on the ball to deny Czech's Jiracek a sight at goal - after the midfielder had journeyed deep into Montenegrin territory.
    • 54' Tomas Pekhart heads well over from just outside the Montenegro penalty box - it would have taken something special to score from that position.
    • 52' The Czechs have stemmed the Montenegrin tide somewhat, but a free-kick opportunitiy out on the right fails to find its intended target.
    • 49' Now it's Vucinic's turn to find Damjanovic but his drive at the back post is deflected out for a corner. Montenegro in the ascendancy, but they cannot further press the issue from that set-piece.
    • 48' The visitors have started this half with real purpose and Cech is called on to make a fine one-handed save to his right to deny a curling Vukcevic effort. The Czech 'keeper then gathers the resulting corner.
    • 47' Montenegro on the attack from the off with a sweet Jovetic cross from the left eventually finding its way to Damjanovic, whose low effort is pounced upon by Petr Cech.
    • 46' And the Czech Republic get us back underway for the second-half of this Euro 2012 Playoff tie in Prague.
    • 45' Half-time: Czech Republic 0-0 Montenegro
    • 45+1' Vaclav Pilar is booked having overrun the ball and going in with studs showing on Montenegro's Pekovic.
    • 45' The Czechs win a corner on the stroke of half-time, but the delivery is poor and fails to beat the first man. Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of this half.
    • 43' An attack for the Czechs down the left is stopped in its tracks, as Jiracek is adjudged to have barged over Pekovic deep inside the Montenegrin half.
    • 40' The game has peetered out somewhat as we approach the final few minutes before half-time. Montenegro have a free-kick out on the right-flank, and Drincic's inswinging delivery is met by a diving header from Mirko Vucinc that travels harmlessly wide.
    • 37' Dzudovic becomes the second Montenegrin player to be carded for fouling Jiracek.
    • 36' Oh dear, Jiracek should have at least got his effort on target. Tomas Rosicky drives forward with the ball through the middle of the field before clipping it into Tomas Pekhart, whose cushioned header into the path of Jiracek is perfect for the midfielder to rifle home. However, Jiracek gets under the ball and sends his effort well over the Montenegro goal.
    • 34' Mirko Vucinic attempts to fashon a chance on the edge of the Czech penalty box, but the home side are resilient and comfortably clear their lines.
    • 33' Jovetic mis-times his run as the Montenegro winger attempts to gain a yard over the Czech defence, ghosting down the left flank.
    • 31' The Czechs drive forward again in numbers and on the counter but the final ball towards Rezek positioned deep in the Montenegro box is once more lacking in quality.
    • 29' Stevan Jovetic plays a nice one-two to release himself down the Montenegro left channel but the ball eventually runs away from him, as the Fiorentina winger made his way into the Czech penalty area.
    • 26' The Czechs finally manage to find a way through as a Tomas Rosicky through-ball cuts the Montenegro defence in half, but Tomas Pekhart's shot is dragged wide of goal. Should have done a lot better with that chance.
    • 24' The tackles are certainly flying in from the Montenegrins and, although giving their opponents several free-kick chances, has prevented the Czechs from making inroads through the away team's backline.
    • 20' Montenegro are now beginning to switch the play nicely, even though Damjanovic fails to adequately control the ball in the Czech box. That allows the home side to counter but Rezek's cross into the visitors' box for Rosicky is well over-hit and goes out for a Montenegro goal-kick.
    • 17' Best chance of the match so far falls to Mirko Vucinic, but the Montenegro captain sends his snap-shot effort well over the Czech crossbar having received a cross from the right after darting towards the near post. The visitors just beginning to grow in confidence.
    • 15' Pavicevic is booked for a clumsy challenge
    • 14' Stevan Jovetic is felled by Gebreselassie out on the Montenegro left flank, but the free-kick opportunity fails to test Petr Cech.
    • 12' Simon Vukcevic brings down Czech Republic's Jiracek down the home side's left channel and the resulting free-kick delivery into the Montenegro box is punched clear by Bozovic. Moments later, Rezek plays a dangerous ball back into the visitors' penalty area, but Dzudovic heads away to safety.
    • 10' Gebreselassie does well to beat his man and journey down the Czech right flank before feeding Rezek. However, the Czech No. 9 stabs his effort wide of the Montenegro goal from just a few yards out.
    • 8' Savic heads clear a Czech Republic free-kick from the right channel, but the visitors fail to launch the quick counter-attack.
    • 6' Montenegro's Jovanovic moves forward with the ball but his effort from just off-centre to the left is always travelling over Petr Cech's goal.
    • 4' Czech Republic have started the brighter of the two teams, having won a couple of early free-kicks. However, Rosicky's deliveries into the box have been poor - the second of which falls kindly to Jaroslav Plasil 25 yards out from goal but his long-range effort is well handled by Bozovic.
    • 1' And we're underway with Montenegro kicking off.
    • 19:15 It's a clear night in the Czech Republic as the national anthems are being belted out around the ground.
    • 19:10 But Montenegro go into the game without a win in their last five international matches (having drawn two and lost three), but they will take some encouragement from the fact that the Czechs lost twice at home during their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
    • 19:05 Montenegro, of course, have never reached a Major Finals as an independent country, but were represented by Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 World Cup (even though Serbia are frequently seen as the successors to that particular team). Can the Montenegrins, therefore, take a giant leap towards making history by securing a positive result against the Czech Republic tonight?
    • 19:00 Czech Republic earned their place in the Euro 2012 play-off draw after finishing runners-up to Spain in Group I, pipping Scotland to that place in the process. Montenegro, meanwhile, were second behind England in Group G, edging ahead of Switzerland by a single point to secure that all-important play-off spot.
    • 18:55 No such injury or suspension woes for Montenegro who are in fine fettle ahead of tonight's match. Nikola Drincic is restored to the starting XI, but Marko Basa misses out.
    • 18:50 Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech will wear a mask to protect the broken nose he sustained in Chelsea's Premier League victory over Blackburn at the weekend. Both midfielder Tomas Hubschman and defender Roman Hubnik miss out through suspension, while a persistent calf problem means that striker Milan Baros is only fit enough to start on the bench.
    • 18:45 Team News... Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Pudil, Rezek, Rosicky, Jiracek, Plasil, Pilar, Pekhart. Subs: Drobny, Rajnoch, Pospech, Baros, Kolar, Matejovsky, Lafata /// Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Pavicevic, Djudovic, Savic, Jovanovic, Pekovic, Drincic, Jovetic, Vukcevic, Damjanovic, Vucinic. Subs: Blazic, Batak, Djalovic, Novakovic, Zverotic, Vladimir Bozovic, Delibasic /// Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
    • 18:40 These two countries have never played each other before, and only the Czech Republic have featured in the play-off stage - losing 1-0 twice to Belgium in attempting to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, but then experiencing a more positive outcome for 2006 after defeating Norway 1-0 twice to qualify for that World Cup tournament.
    • 18:30 Hello and welcome to live text coverage of tonight's Euro 2012 play-off first leg clash between Czech Republic and Montenegro.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' GOAL FOR CZECH REPUBLIC! CZECH REPUBLIC 2-0 MONTENEGRO (Tomas Sivok) A Tomas Rosicky free-kick from the left is beautifully curled in from the left flank and Sivok arrives at the near post to head home unmarked to give the Czech's a two-goal cushion.
    • 89' Rosicky jinks his way through the heart of the Montenegro defence and sets up Pilar, but it is a great last-ditch tackle as the midfielder was about to pull the trigger.
    • 64' GOAL FOR CZECH REPUBLIC! CZECH REPUBLIC 1-0 MONTENEGRO (Vaclav Pilar) Vaclav Pilar opens the scoring for the Czechs with a sumptuouos curling effort into the far corner that Bozovic cannot get a hand to. Rosicky had released Pilar and the midfielder finished with aplomb.
    • 61' The Czech's best chance of the second-half as Rosicky picks out Jiracek on the edge of the Montenegro box, but the midfielder sends his effort a whisker over the visitors' goal.
    • 48' The visitors have started this half with real purpose and Cech is called on to make a fine one-handed save to his right to deny a curling Vukcevic effort. The Czech 'keeper then gathers the resulting corner.
    • 36' Oh dear, Jiracek should have at least got his effort on target. Tomas Rosicky drives forward with the ball through the middle of the field before clipping it into Tomas Pekhart, whose cushioned header into the path of Jiracek is perfect for the midfielder to rifle home. However, Jiracek gets under the ball and sends his effort well over the Montenegro goal.
    • 26' The Czechs finally manage to find a way through as a Tomas Rosicky through-ball cuts the Montenegro defence in half, but Tomas Pekhart's shot is dragged wide of goal. Should have done a lot better with that chance.
    • 17' Best chance of the match so far falls to Mirko Vucinic, but the Montenegro captain sends his snap-shot effort well over the Czech crossbar having received a cross from the right after darting towards the near post. The visitors just beginning to grow in confidence.
    • 18:45 Team News... Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Pudil, Rezek, Rosicky, Jiracek, Plasil, Pilar, Pekhart. Subs: Drobny, Rajnoch, Pospech, Baros, Kolar, Matejovsky, Lafata /// Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Pavicevic, Djudovic, Savic, Jovanovic, Pekovic, Drincic, Jovetic, Vukcevic, Damjanovic, Vucinic. Subs: Blazic, Batak, Djalovic, Novakovic, Zverotic, Vladimir Bozovic, Delibasic /// Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

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  • Czech Republic

    Manager: Michal Bílek

  • Montenegro

    Manager: Branko Brnovic

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