Czechs Win a Meaningless Game, Danes Go Home Empty-handed

Published June 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Czech Republic left Euro 2000 in style on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Denmark in a match made meaningless after both sides had lost twice in Group D. 

Two second half goals in four minutes from Liverpool's Vladimir Smicer gave the Czechs both points and left Danish captain and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel fuming as the 1994 champions, but went home without a win and without a goal. 

They also had the tournament's worst defense, conceding eight goals. 

The first half was a subdued affair with neither side creating chances in a half-empty stadium. 

The pace lifted in the second half as both sides abandoned their defensive positions in a bid to end with a win. 

Yellow cards were handed out to Karel Poborsky and Jesper Groenkjaer when they faced up to each other after 51 minutes and Stig Tofting followed into the referee's book with a late tackle four minutes later. 

The Danes started to look dangerous as they piled forward, but it was the Czechs who opened the scoring on the counter-attack after 61 minutes. 

Benfica's Karel Poborsky did well to control an overhit through ball from midfield and fire in a low, hard cross past Schmeichel for Smicer to blast in at the far post. 

Four minutes later, the Czechs went further ahead when giant Jan Koller rose above the Danish defense to nod on and Smicer took control chipping the ball over Schmeichel to tap in - (AFP) 

 

 

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