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  • Date:08 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:19:15
  • Venue:Sparta Stadium
Goal!

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94:08 +4.08

Short corner taken by Tomas Rosicky from the right by-line.

92:42 +2.42

Effort on goal by Jan Polak from just inside the area clears the crossbar. Jan Rajnoch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jaroslav Plasil.

87:58

Chris Iwelumo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michal Kadlec. Indirect free kick taken by Michal Kadlec.

86:16

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

84:45

Unfair challenge on Roman Hubnik by Barry Robson results in a free kick. The referee shows Barry Robson a yellow card. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

83:02

Tomas Necid takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Hutton. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky from the right by-line to the near post, James Morrison goes off and Barry Robson comes on. Tomas Necid leaves the field to be replaced by Mario Holek. Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Michal Kadlec misses to the left of the goal.

81:46

Caution for David Weir.

81:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Morrison on Michal Kadlec. Michal Kadlec takes the indirect free kick.

78:01

Alan Hutton challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.

77:21

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

75:25

Kenny Miller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Caldwell.

75:06

(Scotland) makes a substitution, with Chris Iwelumo coming on for Jamie Mackie.

74:36

Roman Bednar produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

71:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Dorrans on Tomas Rosicky. Roman Hubnik takes the free kick.

70:59

A cross is delivered by Alan Hutton, save by Petr Cech.

68:22

Corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky, Roman Hubnik scores a headed goal from close range. Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland.Assist on the goal came from Roman Bednar.

67:46

The ball is delivered by Roman Bednar, Allan McGregor makes a save.

64:26

Centre by Tomas Rosicky, Jan Polak takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jaroslav Plasil, save by Allan McGregor.

63:47

Roman Bednar challenges Gary Caldwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Fletcher delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Michal Kadlec makes a clearance.

62:26

Steven Whittaker takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

61:30

The official flags Roman Bednar offside. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

58:32

(Czech Republic) makes a substitution, with Roman Bednar coming on for Lukas Magera.

57:56

Corner taken left-footed by Jaroslav Plasil from the right by-line to the near post, Header by Tomas Rosicky from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

55:59

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Tomas Necid misses to the left of the target.

55:04

Jaroslav Plasil has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

54:06

Zdenek Pospech delivers the ball, clearance by David Weir.

52:36

Steven Naismith is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

51:59

Darren Fletcher fouled by Roman Hubnik, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Darren Fletcher from left wing, clearance by Roman Hubnik.

51:29

Effort on goal by Jan Polak from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

48:21

Outswinging corner taken by Tomas Rosicky, Tomas Necid produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar. Corner taken by Tomas Rosicky from the right by-line, clearance by Stephen McManus.

48:01

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky played to the near post, clearance made by Stephen McManus.

45:17

Zdenek Pospech challenges Gary Caldwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Naismith restarts play with the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Graham Dorrans. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.

44:24

Short corner taken by Jaroslav Plasil.

42:51

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jaroslav Plasil, David Weir makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Jaroslav Plasil from the left by-line, save by Allan McGregor.

42:32

Tomas Necid takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

40:59

Jan Polak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.

40:11

Jaroslav Plasil produces a cross, save by Allan McGregor.

39:18

Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Hubschman. Direct free kick taken by Jaroslav Plasil.

37:20

Unfair challenge on Tomas Hubschman by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky delivers the ball, Roman Hubnik takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

33:37

The ball is crossed by Jamie Mackie, Marek Suchy manages to make a clearance.

31:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graham Dorrans by Tomas Hubschman. Tomas Hubschman shown a yellow card. Darren Fletcher takes the indirect free kick.

30:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jaroslav Plasil by Darren Fletcher. Roman Hubnik takes the free kick.

29:08

Shot by Jan Polak from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

25:36

Jan Polak takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

24:38

James Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Jaroslav Plasil. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jaroslav Plasil.

23:06

The ball is swung over by Zdenek Pospech.

22:38

The ball is sent over by Zdenek Pospech, Allan McGregor makes a save. Tomas Necid takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

21:28

Unfair challenge on Michal Kadlec by Jamie Mackie results in a free kick. Michal Kadlec takes the indirect free kick.

18:51

Tomas Rosicky produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

18:27

Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Hubschman. Tomas Rosicky restarts play with the free kick.

17:33

Graham Dorrans concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Hubnik. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

16:48

Foul by Jan Polak on Gary Caldwell, free kick awarded. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.

16:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Tomas Rosicky. Tomas Rosicky takes the free kick.

16:02

Jamie Mackie concedes a free kick for a foul on Michal Kadlec. Indirect free kick taken by Roman Hubnik.

14:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Necid on Steven Whittaker. Tomas Necid goes into the referee's book. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

12:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Steven Whittaker. Tomas Rosicky restarts play with the free kick. Steven Whittaker shown a yellow card.

11:49

Tomas Necid takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

11:04

Effort on goal by Tomas Hubschman from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

8:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Mackie on Michal Kadlec. Direct free kick taken by Jan Polak.

5:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Necid by David Weir. Strike on goal comes in from Jan Polak from the free kick.

4:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Lukas Magera. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.

3:06

Jamie Mackie produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

2:43

The official flags Graham Dorrans offside. Zdenek Pospech takes the direct free kick.

0:37

Unfair challenge on Lukas Magera by Stephen McManus results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky takes the free kick.

The match begins.

The match has reached half-time.

The second half has started.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

Match Preview

Craig Levein admits the furore over Kenny Miller has hindered preparations for the Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic but insists he will now focus solely on gaining victory.

The Scotland boss has been unhappy with reports claiming the Rangers striker is set to be dropped for Friday night's clash in Prague.

Miller is enjoying the best form of his career, with 10 goals in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League already this season, and is usually given the nod as Scotland's lone striker.

He is also in line to win his 50th cap but is reportedly set to be axed in favour of club-mate Steven Naismith and QPR's Jamie Mackie, in what has been described as a 4-2-2-2 formation.

Reports of his plans have possibly offered the Czechs some hints of how Scotland will line up. "It's been a hindrance and it's taken up too much of my time," Levein said.

"My worries are on the best way to win this match. My views on the best way to win this match haven't changed from a few weeks ago.

"It's frustrating from my point of view. It doesn't help. My sole purpose is trying to win a football match here in Prague and it frustrates me that folk have other agendas.

"There is nothing I can do about that, I just concentrate on the football side. The players are in their own little bubbles, they are going about their work."

Asked if he has spoken to Miller about the situation, Levein replied: "I speak to players on a daily basis. I'm not going to speak to you about the things I speak to the players about.

"I said my piece on Wednesday, I've got a game to win and petty squabbles outside the camp don't concern me.

"I'm the one who deals with all this nonsense, the players get on with their business. Anything that goes on between myself and the players, that's our business."

Levein has injury doubts over Alan Hutton, Steven Whittaker and goalkeeper Allan McGregor but will have a better idea of his final line-up after training tonight.

He said: "As the week has progressed, we are getting more and more guys back from niggling injuries.

"After Thursday`s training session I will know for certain who will be 100% available to play. I will pick the team based on who I think are the best players to win this game.

"That's my job, my job isn't to tell you guys what my tactics are."

Scotland sit joint top of Group I after two games, while their hosts tomorrow are joint bottom after losing their opening game. And, as far as Levein is concerned, all the pressure is on the home nation.

"I think this game is a big match for the Czech Republic as well," he said.

"They lost at home against Lithuania and that puts added pressure on them for this game.

"If the Czech Republic team don't take three points from this game, they will be in a very difficult position.

"I think the Czech Republic have very good players but for me this is a game that we don't need to win but the Czech Republic must win.

"The pressure for me is not on the Scotland's players, it's on the Czech Republic."

Formation:532Manager:

Czech Republic

Formation: 532Manager: Craig Levein

Scotland

  • Petr Cech
  • Marek Suchy
  • Michal Kadlec
  • Roman Hubnik
  • Tomas Hubschman
  • Zdenek Pospech
  • Jaroslav Plasil
  • Jan Polak
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Lukas Magera
  • Tomas Necid
  • SUBS
  • Jan Lastuvka
  • Mario Holek
  • Jan Rajnoch
  • Daniel Pudil
  • Roman Bednar
  • Vaclav Kadlec
  • Jiri Stajner

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Match Report

Levein`s tactics backfire Craig Levein's decision to drop Kenny Miller and play a defensive line-up failed to pay off as Scotland suffered the first defeat of their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign as they lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in Prague. The manager opted for a formation designed to frustrate their hosts and hopefully return home with at least a draw to add to the four gained against Lithuania and Liechtenstein. The Scots held out for 69 minutes before Roman Hubnik grabbed the only goal to hand the Czechs their first victory in the section and Levein's men must now pick themselves up ahead of the visit of Spain next week. The build-up to the match had been dominated by headlines about Levein's decision to axe Miller, with the Scotland boss furious the news was leaked before he had named his team. The Rangers striker has been in fine form this season but had to settle for a place on the bench instead, along with Phil Bardsley who was called into the squad after switching allegiance to the Scots. Levein received an injury boost ahead of the match with goalkeeper Allan McGregor, Alan Hutton and Steven Whittaker all passed fit while QPR's Jamie Mackie made his national team debut after being called up to the squad for the first time. The Czechs had a chance to apply some early pressure when David Weir fouled Tomas Necid 25 yards out but Lukas Magera's free-kick failed to get past the wall as around 8,000 Scotland fans breathed a sigh of relief. Steven Whittaker was booked for a foul on Tomas Rosicky after just 13 minutes before Necid went to ground in the box claiming he had been tripped by Stephen McManus - but pleas for a penalty were ignored. Necid then earned himself a caution for diving after throwing himself on the turf just outside the area less than a minute later. The home nation were still looking dangerous and Rosicky saw his angled drive fall inches over the crossbar before Jan Polak tested McGregor with a powerful effort. Chances from Scotland had been few but they carved out an opportunity when James Morrison embarked on a surging run before finding Gary Caldwell. He tried to set up Mackie but Petr Cech was able to intercept before he could unleash the shot. At the other end, McGregor did well to smother a header from Hubnik after he had thrown himself in front of a ball from the right from Jaroslav Plasil and the goalkeeper then combined well with McManus to deny Necid just before the break. McGregor came to the rescue for Scotland again shortly after the restart when Rosicky picked out Michal Kadlec from a corner and the Rangers number one managed to tip his header just over the crossbar. Graham Dorrans then had the ball in the back of the net for the visitors but the offside flag was raised before he even unleashed the shot. Whittaker proved wasteful with a shot from distance that was well off-target, with the Scots hoping to snatch the opener having successfully frustrated Czech Republic so far. But it was proving to be a busy night for McGregor as he again ensured the scoreline remained level with a wonderful save to push a Jan Polak header past his right-hand upright. However, McGregor was helpless to prevent the home side taking the lead after 69 minutes. A Rosicky corner was nodded on by Roman Bednar for Hubnik to bullet a header into the back of the net. With 15 minutes to go, Chris Iwelumo and Miller - earning his 50th cap - were thrown into the action in the hope of salvaging something from the game. Barry Robson also came off the bench but Scotland suffered another blow when he picked up a booking which rules him out of the clash with Spain at Hampden.

possession


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