Euro 2008 Qualification: Germany vs. Czech Republic

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

October 17, 2007
20:45 (UTC+1)
Germany 0–3 Czech Republic Fußball Arena München, Munich
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Howard Webb
Trochowski Substituted off after 46 minutes 46'
Metzelder Substituted off after 46 minutes 46'
Rolfes Substituted on after 46 minutes 46'
Fritz Substituted on after 46 minutes 46'
Podolski Booked after 46 minutes 46'
Schweinsteiger Substituted off after 65 minutes 65'
Gomez Substituted on after 65 minutes 65'
Match Report Scored after 2 minutes 2' (3) Sionko
Scored after 23 minutes 23' (1) Matějovský
Substituted off after 58 minutes 58' Sionko
Substituted on after 58 minutes 58' Vlček
Scored after 63 minutes 63' (1) Plašil
Substituted off after 73 minutes 73' Pudil
Substituted on after 73 minutes 73' Kulič
Substituted off after 79 minutes 79' Koller
Substituted on after 79 minutes 79' Fenin

Czech Republic beat Germany 3-0 to advance to UEFA Euro 2008 today with goals from Libor Sionko, Marek Matějovský and Jaroslav Plašil. This was Germany's first defeat in 24 UEFA European Championship qualifiers which dates back nine years when Turkey beat Germany 1-0 on October 10, 1998.

Germany's first opportunity came three minutes after the opening goal but Bastian Schweinsteiger's long-distance shot went wide. Then afterwards Kevin Kuranyi missed two headers. Schweinsteiger continued his influence in the German attack which brought two saves out of Petr Čech before the Czech Republic sealed the points and their qualification with a break-away goal during the 63rd minute. Plašil collected a cross from Daniel Pudil and beat Hildebrand, who replaced the suspended Lehmann, to inflict Joachim Löw's 1st competitive defeat as Germany coach.

With Germany already qualifying after their 0-0 draw against Ireland, they look to finish on a high note when they play Cyprus and Wales next month.