Czechoslovakia v Greece, 14 June 1980

Score3-1 to Czechoslovakia
RefereePat Partridge
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueOlimpico, Roma
Attendance4,726
Kick Off: 20:30 Local (19:30 BST) Beaten by West Germany in their opening fixture, the holders bounced back to stay in with a shout of defending their title in the final. If Czechoslovakia's opening loss to West Germany was a sign that the holders were in decline, their 3-1 win against Greece was a clear warning that they were not yet ready to be written off altogether. Though the manner of the Germans' victory made them clear favourites to progress from Group A, the Czechs knew the importance of at least remaining in contention. As if to underline that their descent had not yet turned into free fall, it was the Czechs' 1976 penalty shoot-out hero Antonín Panenka whose wickedly curling free-kick put them in front after just six minutes. They lacked a killer instinct, though, and Greece were level inside the quarter-hour, Thomas Mavros crossing into a crowded penalty area for Nikos Anastopoulos to head in. The same player nearly scored again before Mavros himself went close with a header. Though threatening going forward, Greece continued to look susceptible at the back. Ladislav Vízek ran onto a through ball to put the Czechs in front on 26 minutes, but it was not until just after the hour that they put the game to bed when Zdeněk Nehoda converted an easy opening created by Ján Kozák. The champions had an outside chance of defending their title in the final, but knew they were going to need Greece to do them a favour in their final assignment against West Germany.

3  Czechoslovakia

Manager: Dr Jozef Venglos

1  Greece

Manager: Alketas Panagoulias

Goals:

Antonin Panenka 5 G
Ladislav Vízek 25 G
Zdeněk Nehoda 63 G

Goals:

Nikos Anastopoulos 14 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Stanislav Seman
Defender Jozef Barmoš
Defender Koloman Gögh
Defender Anton Ondruš (captain)
Midfielder Jan Berger
Midfielder Ján Kozák
Midfielder Antonin Panenka
Forward Marián Masný
Forward Zdeněk Nehoda
Forward Ladislav Vízek

Starting lineup:

Defender Yeorgios Foiros
Defender Anthimos Kapsis (captain)
Defender Ioanis Kirastas
Midfielder Konstandinos Kuis
Midfielder Spiridon Livathinos
Midfielder Hristos Terzanidis
Forward Thomas Mavros

Substitutions:

Werner Licka for Jan Berger 23
Miroslav Gajdůšek for Zdeněk Nehoda 74

Substitutions:

Ilias Galakos for Hristos Terzanidis 46
Haralambos Xanthopoulos for Yeorgios Kostikos 57

On the bench:

Midfielder Werner Licka

On the bench:

Forward Ilias Galakos