Czech Republic v France, 16 June 2000

Score2-1 to France
RefereeGraham Poll
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group D
VenueJan Breydel Stadium, Bruges
Attendance27
Kick Off: 18:00 Local (17:00 BST) Assistant referees: Philip Sharp (England) Eddie Foley (Republic of Ireland) Fourth official: Hugh Dallas (Scotland) Man of the Match: Thierry Henry (France) Goals from Thierry Henry and Youri Djorkaeff took France through to the quarter-finals with a game to spare, in the process consigning EURO '96 runners-up Czech Republic to elimination. A shaky start from France looked long forgotten when Henry broke the deadlock on seven minutes, but doubts resurfaced when Karel Poborský's penalty levelled matters ten minutes before the break. The world champions restored their lead on the hour when Djorkaeff powered in a shot after Henry got the better of Tomáš Řepka in a goalmouth tussle and poked the ball to his team-mate. In an enthralling Group D encounter the Czechs were not done, and Jan Koller glanced a header off the top of the crossbar. Laurent Blanc headed wastefully wide at the other end but as the game neared its conclusion, they were pushing forward more in hope than expectation. France duly held on and join next opponents the Netherlands in the last eight; the Czech Republic meet Denmark with only the pride of third to play for. The outlook was decidedly rosier in the early stages as France's back line, with Vincent Candela preferred to Bixente Lizarazu on the left, creaked alarmingly. Fabien Barthez parried Pavel Nedvěd's drive and Koller headed Jiří Němec's cross just wide, as the Czechs – so unlucky to lose their opening game to the Netherlands – burst out of the blocks. Again, however, they were architects of their own downfall. Petr Gabriel, who conceded the last-minute penalty against the Oranje, played a back pass straight into the path of Henry and the Arsenal FC striker raced clear to poke the ball in. It was a sledgehammer blow, and Henry almost increased France's advantage on 19 minutes after being released by Zinédine Zidane but he side-footed wide. It was splendid, end-to-end football and before half-time the Czech Republic were level as Vladimír Šmicer capitalised on an Emmanuel Petit error and released Nedvěd. The midfielder was brought down by a dual challenge led by Didier Deschamps and, from the resulting spot kick, Poborský slammed in. Poborský also shaved the post as a fantastic first half of fire, passion and skill reached a glorious crescendo. The players exited to a standing ovation and picked up where they left off on the resumption. It took a marvellous Barthez save to deny Nedvěd after more good work from Šmicer but the goal from Djorkaeff, a half-time substitute, left the Czech Republic's hopes hanging by a thread. The Netherlands' subsequent win against Denmark severed it completely.

1  Czech Republic

Manager: Roger Lemerre

2  France

Manager: Jozef Chovanec

Goals:

Karel Poborský penalty 35 P

Goals:

Thierry Henry 7 G
Youri Djorkaeff 60 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Pavel Srníček
Defender Petr Gabriel
Defender Karel Rada
Defender Tomáš Repka
Midfielder Radek Bejbl
Midfielder Pavel Nedvěd
Midfielder Jiří Němec (captain)
Midfielder Karel Poborský
Midfielder Tomáš Rosický
Midfielder Vladimír Smicer
Forward Jan Koller

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Defender Laurent Blanc
Defender Vincent Candela
Defender Marcel Desailly
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Didier Deschamps (captain)
Midfielder Emmanuel Petit
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Midfielder Zinédine Zidane
Forward Nicolas Anelka
Forward Thierry Henry

Substitutions:

Milan Fukal for Petr Gabriel 46
Vratislav Lokvenc for Radek Bejbl 49
Marek Jankulovski for Tomáš Rosický 61

Substitutions:

Youri Djorkaeff for Emmanuel Petit 46
Christophe Dugarry for Nicolas Anelka 54
Sylvain Wiltord for Thierry Henry 90

Cards:

Petr Gabriel 14 Y
Jiří Němec 67 Y
Marek Jankulovski 69 Y

Cards:

Lilian Thuram 62 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Jaromir Blazek
Goalkeeper Ladislav Maier
Defender Milan Fukal
Defender Jiri Novotny
Defender Petr Vlček
Midfielder Pavel Horváth
Midfielder Marek Jankulovski
Forward Pavel Kuka

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Bernard Lama
Goalkeeper Ulrich Ramé
Defender Frank Leboeuf
Defender Bixente Lizarazu
Midfielder Youri Djorkaeff
Midfielder Christian Karembeu
Midfielder Johann Micoud
Midfielder Robert Pirés
Forward Sylvain Wiltord