Euro 2008 Qualification: Germany vs. Czech Republic
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
|October 17, 2007|
Referee: Howard Webb
|Match Report|| 2' (3) Sionko|
23' (1) Matějovský
63' (1) Plašil
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.
- "Euro 2008 Qualification: Republic of Ireland vs. Germany" — Wikinews, October 13, 2007
- "Germany 0-3 Czech Republic" — , October 17, 2007