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Match Report
Czech Republic Trinidad & Tobago
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2006-06-03Toyota ArenaPrague, Czech Republic15190

Strong Czechs get final win over T&T

A strong Czech Republic team got the better Trinidad & Tobago in their final warm-up match before the World Cup finals. Two goals from Jan Koller and a Pavel Nedved strike eased the Czechs to a 3-0 victory at the Toyota Arena on Saturday evening.

T&T head coach Leo Beenhakker fielded what appeared to be his starting team for the World Cup while Czech coach Karel Bruckner wanted to field his ideal starting 11 for this game, but injuries to Tomas Galasek and Tomas Rosicky forced a reshuffle.

Imposing striker Koller had the first chance in the second minute when he lobbed Kelvin Jack and the ball looked to be on its way into the net before Marvin Andrews cleared off the line.

But neither Andrews nor Jack could do anything four minutes later when Koller made amends for that miss to open the scoring.

Karel Poborsky began the attack with a run into the area from the left, he tried to pass to Nedved, but the ball hit a defender and rebounded to Poborsky, who sent in a precise cross which Koller powered in with a diving header.

The next chance fell to Coventry striker Stern John, who weaved his way through the Czech defence but saw his effort go straight to goalie Petr Cech.

And the visitors were made to pay for spurning that chance in the 22nd minute as Koller turned provider with a pass to Nedved which the skipper finished with a precision shot inside the post.

Trinidad keeper Jack kept the scoreline respectable with two good saves to deny Poborsky and Milan Baros but could do nothing about Koller's second and the Czech Republic's third five minutes from half-time.

With a beautiful, sweeping counter-attack, Nedved sent a through pass to Poborsky, who touched it on to Koller and the Borussia Dortmund striker directed the ball to the net.

There was no respite for the visiting Caribbean side in the second half as wave after wave of Czech attacks came at them and they were lucky to keep the score at 3-0. Their own best effort fell to substitute striker Densill Theobald, who hit a decent shot just over the crossbar.

Bruckner made three changes an hour into the match, and the new line-up took some time to gel, with several passes going astray. But the Czechs still had the game under control, and after Andrews almost netted an own goal when he diverted Nedved's cross over the bar, sub Vratislav Lokvenc went close with a header from a corner.


Czech Republic:
Petr Cech, Zdenek Grygera, David Rozehnal, Tomas Ujfalusi, Marek Jankulovski (Pavel Mares, 79), Karel Poborsky (Jiri Stajner, 61), Jan Polak (Marek Heinz, 61), Jaroslav Plasil, Pavel Nedved (Martin Jiranek, 82), Milan Baros (Libor Sionko, 46), Jan Koller (Vratislav Lokvenc, 61).

Trinidad & Tobago:
Kelvin Jack, Avery John (Atiba Charles, 46), Marvin Andrews, Dennis Lawrence, Chris Birchall (Aurtis Whitley, 46), Cyd Gray, Carlos Edwards (Kenwyne Jones, 69), Collin Samuel, Stern John, Densill Theobald (Anthony Wolfe, 77), Dwight Yorke (capt).

21.Kelvin Jack
4.Marvin Andrews
8.Cyd Gray Yellow Card 88 '
3.Subbed outAvery John
 Subbed in 46' David Charles
6.Dennis Lawrence
7.Subbed outChristopher Birchall
 Subbed in 46' Aurtis Whitley
11.Subbed outCarlos Edwards
 Subbed in 69' Kenwyne Jones
18.Subbed outDensill Theobald
 Subbed in 77' Anthony Wolfe
19.Dwight Yorke (capt.)
14.Stern John
12.Collin Samuel
17.David Charles Yellow Card 48 '
9.Aurtis Whitley
15.Kenwyne Jones
23.Anthony Wolfe
 Leo Beenhakker
46'Subbed outSubbed inAurtis Whitley for Christopher Birchall
46'Subbed outSubbed inDavid Charles for Avery John
69'Subbed outSubbed inKenwyne Jones for Carlos Edwards
77'Subbed outSubbed inAnthony Wolfe for Densill Theobald
48'Yellow CardDavid Charles
88'Yellow CardCyd Gray