Czechs beat Germans for first time in decades at European Football Championships
The Czech Republic seem to be able to do no wrong at the European Championships in Portugal, with a win over Germany on Wednesday making them the only country to win all three of their group games.
In the second half the Germans, in need of a win, piled on the pressure, and were denied a second goal by a combination of bad luck and stand-in Czech goalkeeper Jaromir Blazek. But German dreams were shattered in the 75th minute, when substitute Milan Baros made it three goals in three games after taking on the central defence and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn single-handedly. The in-form Czech striker describes his goal.
"I received a good pass from Marek Heinz and I went past the defenders before I ran into the goalie. Then it was a question of a simple tap-in into the empty net."
"It's really hard if you're losing 2:1 with ten minutes to go, but the Germans never give up, even for a minute. Everyone knows games last 95 minutes now, not 90, and the Germans kept going till the end. But they didn't manage to turn it around, thank God!"
There is still work to do before Sunday's quarter-final against Denmark, with the Czech defence still the team's weakest link. But the fact that a team of Czech reserves could beat the country that came second at the last World Cup says a lot about the confidence of Karel Brueckner's squad. Fingers crossed they can translate that confidence into further success at Euro 2004.