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FINAL MEETING vs. CZECH REPUBLIC
  Tuesday, 22 June 2021
2020 UEFA European Championship First Phase Group D match five/six

Czech Republic 0 England 1 [0-1]
 

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm
Attendance: 19,104

Vladimir Darida kicked off,
after the England players 'took the knee'
Harry Kane won the toss
93 minutes 45:05 & 48:12
 
England's 300th European Championship goal [0-0] Raheem Sterling lob hits the post 1:48
[1-0] Raheem Sterling header 12 11:32
headed in from 3yds following Jack Grealish's left-sided cross
  [1-0] Jordan Henderson scores 85:27 offside
   
Jan Bořil 61 60:24  
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon
 

"STER FLY" - Daily Star

Officials (sky blue) from Portugal Czech Squad

Type

England Squad
Referee
Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
41 (14 July 1979), Vila Nova de Gaia, FIFA-listed 2010
7 Goal Attempts 5
1 Attempts on Target 2
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 1
Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares
46 (1 August 1974)
Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares
44 (31 August 1976)
4 Corner Kicks Won 6
Fourth official
Srđjan Jovanić
35 (9 April 1986), Beograd, Serbia
 
Fifth Official - Uroš Stojković
, Serbia
UEFA Referee Obsever - David Fernández Borbalán
, Spain
UEFA Delegate -
Myrsini Psarropolou, Greece
2 Offside Calls Against 5
10 Fouls Conceded 11
43.9% Possession 56.1%
  
Video Assistant Officials Assistant one - Paolo Valeri, 43, Roma.
João Pedro da Silva Pinheiro
33 (4 January 1988)
, Braga, Portugal, FIFA-listed 2016.
Assistant two - Filippo Meli
Assistant three - Massimiliano Irrati, 42, Pirenze
  

Czech Republic Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (23rd May 2021) 40th
EFO ranking
n/a
ELO rating 21st to 22nd
Colours: Made by Puma - Red crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar/cuffs, navy blue shorts, navy blue socks.
Capt: Vladimír Darida
Tomáš Souček 64th min.
Head Coach: Jaroslav Šilhavý, 59 (3 November 1961), appointed 18 September 2018.
Czech Republic Lineup
1 Vaclík, Tomáš 32
85 days
29 March 1989 G Sevilla FC, Spain 40 0
5 Coufal, Vladimír 28
304 days
22 August 1992 RB West Ham United FC, England 19 1
3 Čelůstka, Ondřej 32
4 days
18 June 1989 RCD AC Sparta Praha 29 3
6 Kalas, Tomáš 28
38 days
15 May 1993 LCD Bristol City FC, England 26 2
18 Bořil, Jan 30
162 days
11 January 1991 LB
 
Sk Slavia Praha
 
26
 
0
 
61st min. for bringing down Bukayo Saka. Suspended.
     
9 Holeš, Tomáš, off 84th min. 28
83 days
31 March 1993 RDM Sk Slavia Praha 11 1
15 Souček, Tomáš 26
115 days
27 February 1995 LDM West Ham United FC, England 38 7
12 Masopust, Lukáš, off 64th min. 28
130 days
12 February 1993 RAM Sk Slavia Praha 25 2
8 Darida, Vladimír, off 64th min. 30
318 days
8 August 1990 AM Hertha, Berliner SC, Germany 75 8
14 Jankto, Jakub, off 46th min. 25
154 days
19 January 1996 LAM UC Sampdoria, Italy 38 4
10 Schick, Patrik, off 75th min. 25
149 days
24 January 1996 CF Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 29 14
Czech Republic Substitutes
scoreline: Czech Republic 0 England 1
13 Ševčík, Petr, on 46th min. for Jankto 27
49 days
4 May 1994 LAM/
RAM
Sk Slavia Praha 10 0
21 Král, Alex, on 64th min. (63:40) for Darida 23
34 days
19 May 1998
in Košice, Slovakia
AM FC Spartak Moskva, Russia 20 2
19 Hložek, Adam, on 64th min. (63:58) for Masopust 18
332 days
25 July 2002 LAM AC Sparta Praha 6 0
24 Pekhart, Tomáš, on 75th min (74:53) for Schick 32
27 days
26 May 1989 CF/RF Legia Warszawa SA, Poland 22 2
20 Vydra, Matěj, on 84th min.(83:25) for Holeš 29
52 days
1 May 1992 LF Burnley FC, England 38 6
result: Czech Republic 0 England 1

unused substitutes:

2-Pavel Kadeřábek, 4-Jakub Brabek, 7-Antonin Barák, 11-Michael Krmenčík, 16-Aleš Mandous, 22-Aleš Matějů, 23-Tomáš Koubek.
 
4-2-3-1 Vaclík -
Coufal, Čelůstka, Kalas, Bořil -
Holeš
(Vydra), Souček -
Masopust
(Hložek), Darida (Král), Jankto (Ševčík) -
Schick
(Pekhart)
notes: Ševčík played on the left until the introduction of Hložek, when he went to the right.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 275 days Appearances/Goals 32.4 3.8
 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (27th May 2021) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 9th to 8th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home shirt - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, white shorts with pale blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ²⁷
35th, W 22 - D 6 - L 7 - F 75 - A 28
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
57th match, W 36 - D 11 - L 10 - F 113 - A 38
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 27
107 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 34 27ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 31
25 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC 57 0
5 Stones, John, off 79th min. 27
25 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC 45 2
6 Maguire, J. Harry 28
109 days
5 March 1993 LCD/
RCD
Manchester United FC 33 3
3 Shaw, Luke P.H. 25
345 days
12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 12 0
14 Phillips, Kalvin M. 25
202 days
2 December 1995 RDM/
LDM
Leeds United AFC 11 0
4 Rice, Declan, off 46th min. 22
159 days
14 January 1999 LDM West Ham United FC 20 1
the 187th player to reach this milestone
25 Saka, Bukayo A.T.M., off 84th min. 19
290 days
5 September 2001 RAM
/RF
Arsenal FC 6 1
7
Grealish, Jack P., off 68th min. 25
285 days
10 September 1995 AM Aston Villa FC 9 0
10
Sterling, Raheem S., off 67th min. 26
196 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LAM Manchester City FC 64 16
9 Kane, Harry E. 27
329 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 57 34
England Substitutes
scoreline: Czech Republic 0 England 1
8
 
Henderson, Jordan B., on 46th min. for Rice
 
31
5 days
 
17 June 1990
 
RDM
/RM
 
Liverpool FC 60 43 0
 
17
the 42nd player to reach this milestone
11 Rashford, Marcus, on 67th min. (66:39) for Sterling 23
234 days
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 44 21 11
23
26 Bellingham, Jude V.W., on 68th min. (67:06) for Grealish 17
358 days
29 June 2003 LM BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 6 1 0
5
15 Mings, Tyrone D., on 79th min. (78:23) for Stones 28
101 days
13 March 1993 LCD Aston Villa FC 13 8 0
5
17
 
Sancho, Jadon M., on 84th min. (83:15) for Saka 21
89 days
25 March 2000
 
RF
 
BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 20 10 3
 
10
the 188th player to reach this milestone
result: Czech Republic 0 England 1

unused substitutes:

12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Aaron Ramsdale, 16-Conor Coady, 18-Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 22-Ben White, 23-Sam Johnstone, 24-Reece James.

substitute notes:

This is the first time England have used five substitutions in a Major Tournament.

team notes:

Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
The 600th match played under a Conservative government.
This is only the fiftieth match in which at some point (eleven minutes on this occasion) that there have been more BME players than non-BME.

manager records:

It is Gareth Southgate's record 26th match at the National Stadium, four more than Hodgson.
Gareth Southgate is the first to manage England three times against Czech Republic.

records:

Referee Artur Dias was in charge of the match the last time these two countries met at Wembley, when England ran out 5-0 winners.
England become the first team to top a European Championship Finals group by scoring just two goals.
This is the 33rd time England have won 1-0 at Wembley, the most common scoreline in the 299 matches at the venue.
Raheem Sterling has now scored a record four goals against Czech Republic.
Manager Gareth Southgate was an unused substitute when Czech Republic visited in November 1998.
 
4-2-3-1
4-3-3 after 67 mins
Pickford -
Walker, Stones
(Mings), Maguire, Shaw -
Phillips, Rice
(Henderson) -
Saka (Sancho), Grealish (Bellingham), Sterling (Rashford) -
Kane
notes: Henderson went to the right of central midfield with Phillips going to the left - for second half.
After 67 mins. Phillips took a holding midfield position behind Henderson and Bellingham, pushing Sterling/Saka up front with Rashford supporting Kane.
Maguire went to the right of central defence when Mings came on.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26 years 57 days Appearances/Goals 31.6 5.1
 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

After the disappointment of a lacklustre performance against the Scots, the good news was that, after the results the previousening, England had already qualified for the knockout stage of the competition by the time the Czechs came calling at Wembley. All England fans were looking for just a little bit more from their team in this, their final group match.

They started brilliantly. A fine through ball by Luke Shaw sent Raheem Sterling clear. He cleverly lobbed the advancing goalkeeper, only to see the ball strike the outside of the far post, to then be cleared. That was the third game running that England had struck a post in the early minutes. A lively start continued when Jack Grealish burst forward with his first touch, a great sign, but the Czechs too, attacked when possible. The England defenders soon got to grips with their task though and it was good to see Harry Maguire back playing again.

The Czechs were looking to get in behind the England defence, however, it was mostly the England players that were pushing forward. A free-kick by Shaw was met by John Stones, who tried to head it back across goal, but only succeeded in heading wide. Then a long ball forward in the 11th minute was cleared to Harry Kane just outside the box, and he tried a rather ambitious volley. Sadly the ball flew over the top of the goal, but it was good to see signs of the old Harry back again. A minute later though, and the Three Lions were ahead.

Bukayo Saka, making an impressive first appearance in the tournament, made a fine run forward and eventually centred from the right deep to the other side. The Czechs failed to clear, the ball was picked up by Kane, who fed it to Grealish on the left. He jinked his way to the bye-line and centred perfectly to the far post where Sterling was once again on the end of it to head home emphatically. A smashing goal, and jubilation for players and fans alike.

The Czechs tried to hit back quickly, but a dangerous looking attack was ended by an offside flag. Meanwhile, Saka was lucky to win a corner from a poorly taken free-kick, and the Arsenal player was then blatantly tripped on the edge of the box, but the referee gave nothing. All through this tournament so far, some of the players reactions when fouled have become rather laughable. All teams are guilty of it, as they scream blue murder each time they go down. Who would be a referee, eh? Vladamir Darida went down like he had been shot with a 12 bore, instead of being gently tripped by Shaw. Once he got his free-kick he was fine though, thankfully. (Sorry, if that sounded a little sarcastic, but it gets my goat! And before you say anything, England players are doing it now too!)

Back to the match, and a clever piece of defending by Kyle Walker, shepherds the ball back to Jordan Pickford, and then Kane came, oh so close, to a second England goal. A wonderful pass on 25 minutes from Maguire to the skipper, saw Kane check back onto his right foot, only to see his shot very well saved by Tomas Vaclik, the Czech goalkeeper. Over the next ten minutes the Czechs enjoyed plenty of possession, and in the 27th minute they had their best effort on goal. Tomas Holes fired in a great shot destined for the net, only for Pickford to fly across goal to his right and turn the ball around a post, making a fine save. Other than that, the Czechs found it hard to break down the home defence. Stones and Maguire looked very solid, and they were well backed up by Pickford, looking calm and assured, and the two full-backs.

Just after the half-hour mark Saka won another corner for England, but once again the delivery was poor, something the management must get to grips with. It has usually been a good source of danger for us in times gone by. Meanwhile, on 35 minutes, the Czechs create their best chance so far as a cross comes in from the left and West Ham’s Tomas Soucek hits his shot inches wide. Two minutes later and Shaw goes close as he bursts down the left to fire a shot at the near post. Vaclik is down smartly to turn the shot round the post for a corner. As the half drew to a close, a long ball by Pickford was brilliantly brought down by Grealish, and with Declan Rice and Saka helping, the latter’s cross was cleared. So, half-time, and England holding the lead comfortably.

The second-half began with Jordan Henderson coming on for Rice, and lots of cat and mouse play by both teams. In fact, over the next 25 minutes, not a great deal happened. There were some attacks that came to nothing, and then the substitutions began to break up what little flowing play there was. Gareth Southgate brought on Marcus Rashford and Jude Bellingham, surprisingly for Sterling and Grealish, which disappointed many of the fans.

Kane continued to play well, and his link play and hold-up play was very good and he was still working hard, searching for that elusive goal. Tyrone Mings came on for the excellent Stones, and on 83 minutes England had their only scare of the half. For once Pickford’s clearance was miscued, and it ended with one of the Czech substitutes Tomas Pekhart, shooting just wide after receiving a pass from Soucek. Jaydon Sancho then replaced the impressive Saka and the Czechs, too, made more changes.

The one last chance fell to England with four minutes to go. The ball came into the box, the Czechs failed to clear properly and Bellingham stabbed the ball forward to Henderson, who deflected the ball past the goalkeeper. Henderson really thought that he had finally broken his goalscoring drought for England, but alas, he was offside. A final shot blazed over from a Czech forward and that was that.

The second-half had been a little disappointing although it must be said that England were in almost complete control. All the players had put in a good shift and it was a big improvement on the Scotland performance. The players that came in did well and Southgate will have plenty of headaches in his team selection for, what will be a really tough game, in the knockout stage. The good news is that Maguire and Henderson both came through with game-time under their belts, and Grealish showed just why the fans have been desperate for him to play a full part.

One last question, why are so many of the Czech players called Tomas? Must be very confusing in team talks.
    

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
Fotbal.cz
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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