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  Friday, 11 October 2019
European Championship 2020 Group A qualification match

Czech Republic 2 England 1 [1-1]
Czech Republic is the 77th nation visited by England

Sinobo Stadium, Eden, Praha-Vršovice
Kick-off (CEST): 8.45pm 7.45pm BST
Attendance: 18,651

Vladimir Darida kicked off  95½ minutes 46:01 & 49:24 Match Summary
Czech Republic Squad
England Squad

[1-1] Jakub Brabec 9 8:45
3 yard tap-in from a corner, headed on by Čelůstka
[0-1] Harry Kane penalty 5 4:53
placed his kick down the middle
(Sterling fouled 3:24 awarded 3:28)
[2-1] Zdeněk Ondrášek 85 84:42
 12 yard placed shot low to Pickford's left from a Masopust centre
Jakob Jankto 8 7:55
Danny Rose 10 9:42
  Raheem Sterling 68 67:11
Jordan Henderson 90+2 91:38
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Slovenia Czech Republic


Referee (sky blue) - Damir Skomina
43, (5 August 1976), Koper, FIFA-listed 2003.
(eighth match, W 2 - D 1 - L 5 - F 9: A 11)

Assistant Referees -
Jure Praprotnik, 34 (30 November 1984) and Robert Vukan, 43 (18 August 1976).
Fourth official - Matej Jug
, 39 (25 September 1980).

UEFA Delegate - Rainer Koch, 60 (18 December 1958), Kiel, Germany

15 Goal Attempts 7
8 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 2
0 Offside Calls Against 2
16 Fouls Conceded 10
45% Possession 55%

Czech Republic Team



FIFA (19 September 2019) 44th
EFO ranking
ELO rating
2nd to 27th
Colours: Made by Puma - Red crew-necked jerseys with blue trim and a lion's head graphic on the front, blue shorts, red socks.
Capt: Vladimír Darida Manager: Jaroslav Šilhavý, 57 (3 November 1961), appointed 18 September 2018
11th match, W 7 - D 0 - L 4 - F 16 - A 14
Czech Republic Lineup
1 Vaclík, Tomáš 30
196 days
29 March 1989 G Sevilla FC, Spain 29 27 GA
5 Coufal, Vladimír 27
50 days
22 August 1992 RB Sk Slavia Praha 6 0
3 Čelůstka, Ondřej 30
115 days
18 June 1989 CD Antalyaspor, Turkey 15 1
4 Brabec, Jakub 27
66 days
6 August 1992 CD FC Viktoria Plzeň 16 1
18 Bořil, Jan 28
273 days
11 January 1991 LB Sk Slavia Praha 12 0
15 Souček, Tomáš 24
226 days
27 February 1995 DRM Sk Slavia Praha 23 3
21 Král, Alex 21
145 days
19 May 1998
in Kožice, Slovakia
DLM FC Spartak Moskva, Russia 6 0
20 Masopust, Lukáš, off 88th min. 26
241 days
12 February 1993 RM Sk Slavia Praha 8 1
8 Darida, Vladimír 29
64 days
8 August 1990 CM Hertha, Berliner SC eV, Germany 58 5
14 Jankto, Jakub, off 82nd min 23
265 days
19 January 1996 LM UC Sampdoria SpA, Italy 24 3
Jankto cautioned in the 8th min. for Dissent. After complaining vehemently to the referee after Král's shot was deflected away by Keane's arm.
19 Schick, Patrik, off 65th min. 23
260 days
24 January 1996 CF RasenBallsport Leipzig eV, Germany, on loan from AS Roma SpA, Italy 21 9
Czech Republic Substitutes
scoreline: Czech Republic 1 England 1
9 Ondrášek, Zdeněk, on 65th min. (64:36) for Schick 30
293 days
22 December 1988 CF FC Dallas, USA 1 1
13 Kopic, Jan, on 82nd min. (81:56) for Jankto 29
129 days
4 June 1990 M FC Viktoria Plzeň 18 3
scoreline: Czech Republic 2 England 1
17 Zmrhal, Jaromír, on 88th min. (87:34) for Masopust 26
70 days
2 August 1993 M Brescia FC SpA, Italy 14 1
result: Czech Republic 2 England 1

unused substitutes:

2-Radim Řezník, 6-Ondřej Kúdela, 7-Ladislav Krejčí, 10-Josef Hušbauer, 11-Michael Krmenčík, 12-Lukáš Kalvach, 16-Ondřej Kolář, 22-Stefan Simič, 23-Jiří Pavlenka
4-2-3-1 Vaclik -
Coufil, Čelůstka, Brabec, Bořil -
Souček, Král -
(Zmrhal), Darida, Jankto (Kopic) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26 years 240 days Appearances/Goals 19.8 2.0


England Team



FIFA (19th Sept 2019) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 9th to 12th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home shirt - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, white shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane
(21st captaincy, 20)
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 49 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
38th match, W 21 - D 9 - L 8 - F 70 - A 33.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25
218 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 22    23 GA
2 Trippier, Kieran J.. 29
22 days
19 September 1990 RB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 18      1
3 Rose, Daniel L. 29
101 days
2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 29 0 final app
Rose cautioned in the 10th min. for a Foul. His challenge on Schick outside of the penalty area was late. Suspended
4 Rice, Declan, off 88th min. 20
270 days
14 January 1999 DRM West Ham United FC 6      0
5 Keane, Michael V. 26
273 days
11 January 1993 CD Everton FC 10      1
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26
220 days
5 March 1993 CD Manchester United FC 23      1
7 Sterling, Raheem S. 24
307 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LM Manchester City FC 54     10
Sterling cautioned in the 68th min. for Dissent. He complained at the referee for giving a foul against him
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 29
116 days
17 June 1990 DRM Liverpool FC 54    1
Henderson cautioned in the 92nd min. for Unsporting Behaviour. Both he and Ondrášek leaped for the same ball in the England half, which Henderson won.
9 Kane, Harry E. 26
75 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 42  27 9 2
Kane's 9th conversion from 11 penalties
10 Sancho, Jadon M., off 73rd min. 19
200 days
25 March 2000 LM BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 9      2
11 Mount, Mason T., off 72nd min. 20
274 days
10 January 1999 A/CM Chelsea FC 3      0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Czech Republic 1 England 1
19 Barkley, Ross, on 72nd min. (71:49) for Mount 25
310 days
5 December 1993 CM Chelsea FC 32 15      4
20 Rashford, Marcus, on 73rd min. (72:04) for Sancho 21
345 days
31 October 1997 LM Manchester United FC 35 16   7 (1)
scoreline: Czech Republic 2 England 1
23 Bakumo-Abraham, K.O. Tamaraebi, on 88th min. (87:34) for Rice 22
9 days
2 October 1997
Chelsea FC 3 1      0
the 49th player from Chelsea to represent England
result: Czech Republic 2 England 1

unused substitutes:

12-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 13-Nick Pope, 14-Ben Chilwell, 15-Joe Gomez, 16-Tyrone MIngs, 17-Fikayo Tomori, 18-Harry Winks, 21-Callum Wilson (poorly), 22-Dean Henderson.

team notes:

England last played with two foreign-based players in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final.


This is England's first qualification (WC & EC) defeat for ten years (Ukraine, October 2009), lasting 43 matches (W34 D9).
Manager Gareth Southgate was an unsused substitute when Czech Republic visited in November 1998.
second half: 4-3-3
Pickford -
Trippier, Keane, Maguire, Rose -
Henderson, Rice
(Abraham) -
(Rashford), Mount (Barkley), Sterling -
notes: Mount moved back to between Henderson and Rice in the second half

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 123 days Appearances/Goals 24.5 3.7


    Match Report by Mike Payne

For the first time in ten years England lost a qualifying match in a major tournament.  To go that long undefeated is rightly applauded, but the manner in which the run came to an end against the Czech Republic will be a worry for manager Gareth Southgate.

he match certainly couldn’t have started any better for England as they took the lead after just five minutes play.  A great flick by Harry Kane sent Raheem Sterling racing into the penalty area to the left of goal.  His quick turn and check back completely deceived Lukas Masopust, who scythed the Manchester City winger down for what was an obvious penalty.  Kane slotted home the spot-kick and it all looked good for England.  Maybe going ahead so early proved their undoing as it was at that point that the game changed.  For the remainder of the half there was a lackadaisical attitude from the England players, and also a certain amount of mis-placed arrogance.  The Czechs were having none of that, and they really set about England to make them pay for thinking they had the match won.

It was soon obvious that England were not going to have things all their own way as the Czechs hustled and harried and pressed them into errors.  A corner to the home side in the ninth minute led to an immediate equaliser.  Michael Keane failed to clear from Ondrej Celustka, who deflected the ball to the completely unmarked Jakub Brabek, who bundled the ball home off his knee/shin.  England are not dealing with set pieces at all recently, and it is something Southgate must address.  The Czechs were lifted by this goal, and with their fans creating a lot of noise, they worked their socks off.  For a while England were rattled.  Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice were both guilty of sloppy passes giving away possession, but they were not alone as too many players looked woefully out of sorts, and sloppy was the right word to describe this performance.

England’s midfield, with Mason Mount making an inauspicious full debut, looked disjointed and unbalanced and both full-backs were struggling to know quite what their role was to be.  In fact, the whole team seemed to be struggling with the set up at times.  Almost immediately after their goal the Czechs went very close again, this time with Tomas Soucek heading down to Patrik Schick, only for the forward to screw his shot over Jordan Pickford’s crossbar.  The home side continued to press and they had several worthy goal attempts in the first-half.  Pickford had to be alert on a number of occasions, and made several good saves, especially from Vladimir Coufal’s cross-shot after Danny Rose went down under a challenge, claiming a foul, which the referee didn’t give.  Rose struggled more and more as the game went on, and he was booked, which put him out of the Bulgaria game.  

Schick came close at the far post and all this in the first 15 minutes.  The remainder of the half saw England re-grouping slightly, but they were not causing the home defenders any real problems, indeed, goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik never had a save to make of any note.  Pickford, meanwhile had to be very alert as the mistakes continued from the players in front of him.  England were lucky to still be level at the break.

After a re-think at half-time Southgate rallied his troops, but not a lot changed as the Czech Republic were refusing to let go of the momentum they had.  On 59 minutes a fine curling shot from Alex Kral was well tipped over by Pickford and three minutes later a lovely cross from the left by Sterling, needed a touch from Kane, but he missed the ball and the chance was lost.  Sterling had at least been the one England player to show some of his good club form.  Most of the rest of England’s team also showed their club form, the trouble was not many of them have any good form at the moment.

Southgate brought on Ross Barclay and Marcus Rashford for the anonymous Mount and Jaydon Sancho, but that made no difference as England laboured on.

Kral went close again in the 80
th minute when the best move of the match, a series of one-touch passing, left him with a clear shot at goal.  He went for the near post but Pickford once again made a good save.  Five minutes later though, there was nothing the goalkeeper could do with what proved to be the winning goal.  Rose was easily beaten in the air, after a poor clearance by Pickford, and the ball broke down the right for Masopust to have a free run.  Harry Maguire failed to close him down and he had the easiest of pull-backs for unmarked substitute Zdenek Ondrasek to score with a good finish.  It was a deserved goal for the Czechs, but oh dear, England’s defending was awful, and their marking non-existent.

The crowd went wild with delight, understandably perhaps, as this had been the best Czech performance for a number of years.  England, meanwhile need to re-evaluate their game as this one was reminiscent of the pre-Southgate era and a big step backwards from the last World Cup.  England are still in charge of the group, and in a good position, but they will need to bounce back quickly from this in Bulgaria, in their next match.  We shall see.


Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor