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Czechs revel in Euro delight

16 November 2011 02:13

Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek was delighted after his side progressed to the Euro 2012 finals on Tuesday.

Bilek's side won through to the competition after a 3-0 aggregate win over Montenegro, set up by their 2-0 win in Prague on Friday.

Despite an impressive showing from the hosts, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech kept Montenegro at bay in the second leg before Petr Jiracek struck the only goal of the game for the Czechs.

"We are very happy, we deserve to advance to the finals. We played very well at home," Bilek said.

"We have been under pressure since the defeat in our opening home game against Lithuania, but the players coped with that and I am glad to be part of this side."

"They created quite a fuss in front of our goal a few times, we could see they're strong up front. They confirmed it today and I'm glad we didn't concede."

Montenegro boss Branko Brnovic blamed bad luck on his side's failure to secure a win in Podgorica as their impressive qualifying campaign ended at the final hurdle.

"I am sad, we didn't have any luck," Brnovic said in the aftermath.

"Montenegro played well, especially in the second half, when we created chance after chance and we then conceded a goal out of nothing."

"We had chances just like in Prague, but we faced a very good team with excellent defence and a fantastic keeper, the best one in Europe."

Brnovic was also quizzed about his future, which provoked an angry response.

"You can't ask me now whether I'll stay. That's a question for the association chairman," he said.


Expect Czechs to attack, says Rosicky

14 November 2011 10:24

Tomas Rosicky wants his Czech Republic team to come out firing against Montenegro in the away leg of their Euro 2012 qualifying playoff.

The Czech Republic lead after winning the first encounter 2-0 in Prague on Friday and will head into Tuesday's return fixture in Podgorica as favourites to progress.

A goalless draw will be enough for Michal Bilek's side to book their place at next year's finals in Poland and the Ukraine.

But captain Rosicky wants his team to find the target and put the outcome beyond all doubt at Stadion Podgorica.

"The approach is very simple, we want to score there," Rosicky told

"If we do that, it'll be very difficult for them to catch us."

"We can expect a passionate crowd. We're looking forward to it as it'll be a great atmosphere."

"We know it'll be very tough for us, so we have to be patient and disciplined just as we were in the first leg, but obviously we feel confident."

Montenegro face a far tougher challenge if they are reach their first major tournament since gaining independence from Serbia in 2006.

Forward Dejan Damjanovic knows his side must take the initiative and score an early goal if they are to have any chance of overturning the two-goal deficit.

"We have to be a lot more attacking in the second leg," he said.

"Having lost the first game 2-0, we can't simply wait for a mistake from the Czech defence."

"We need a quick goal, and if we get that it'll be an open game, and everything is possible."

"If we start well, things will go our way, and maybe we can get an unbelievable result."

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