Czechs beat Latvia 4:1 in last game before Euro 2012 qualifiers
The Czech Republic’s footballers have won their final warm-up game before their campaign to reach Euro 2012 gets underway next month. The Czechs struggled to impress in the early stages of Wednesday’s home friendly against Latvia, before moving up a gear in the second half and running out 4:1 winners.
Czech fans will be forgiven if they thought “here we go again” during a first half which saw only a couple of shots on goal. In fact the only time supporters had a real chance to cheer was when captain Tomáš Rosický presented a cheque for half a million crowns towards the relief effort after floods in the Liberec region at the weekend.
That strike opened something of a floodgate, with goals from Martin Fenin, Zdeněk Pospěch and Tomáš Necid putting the Czechs 4:0 ahead inside the 78th minute. The Latvians did manage a consolation goal in the dying seconds, but by then the game had been long over as a contest.
Afterwards, young forward Martin Fenin denied it had been the proverbial game of two halves.
The fact three strikers were among the scorers on Wednesday night could lead to something of a selection conundrum for coach Bílek, with regular starter Milan Baroš now close to full fitness. He and goalkeeper Petr Čech should be back for the Czech Republic’s first European Championship qualifier, against Lithuania on September 7. The other teams in the group are Scotland, Lichtenstein and recent World Cup winners Spain.