France v Czech Republic, 26 June 1996

Score0-0 :: penalties 6-5 to Czech Republic
RefereeLes Mottram
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals semi-final
VenueOld Trafford
Attendance43,877
Kick-off: 4.00pm Czech Republic won 6-5 on penalties After extra time Decimated by suspensions, the Czech Republic produced a fine rearguard effort to overcome France on penalties and reach the final in their first UEFA European Championship as an independent nation. The Czechs had enjoyed an unexpectedly trouble-free passage through to the last four but found their route to the showpiece beset by the absence of Jan Suchopárek, Radoslav Látal, Pavel Kuka and Radek Bejbl. Les Bleus were themselves without injured captain Didier Deschamps and suspended midfielder Christian Karembeu and a cautious encounter ensued at Old Trafford. Spot kicks were required, Reynald Pedros eventually missing in sudden death to hand Dušan Uhrin's charges a 6-5 triumph. Such drama was conspicuous by its absence for much of the match, with no real urgency evident until after half-time. Youri Djorkaeff, so often France's main source of craft, was once again the instigator. The cunning forward was unfortunate not to give Aimé Jacquet's side the lead twice in as many minutes, rattling the bar with a 25-metre shot before firing over with a spectacular bicycle kick. Djorkaeff's deviance sparked the Czechs into life, Patrik Berger's willingness to run at the opposition finally giving France something to ponder. Karel Poborský was equally eager to inject some life into his side but with only a solitary presence to aim for in attack, the Czechs' midfield linchpins were all too often crowded into submission. It was a similar story for France – Patrice Loko ploughing a lone furrow in attack (Pedros did at least show a semblance of adventure from off the bench) – and extra time beckoned. Pedros and Loko came closest to breaking the deadlock but the golden goal merely served to encourage an even more conservative approach. Five successful spot kicks apiece followed in the shoot-out before Petr Kouba denied Pedros and Czech captain Miroslav Kadlec set aside his reluctance to step up with a clinical finish which extended his team's unlikely adventure into the Wembley showpiece.

0 (5)  France

Manager: Aime Jacquet

0 (6)  Czech Republic

Manager: Dusan Uhrin

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Bernard Lama
Defender Laurent Blanc (captain)
Defender Bixente Lizarazu
Defender Alain Roche
Defender Lilian Thuram
Defender/Centre back Marcel Desailly
Midfielder Youri Djorkaeff
Midfielder Vincent Guerin
Midfielder Sabri Lamouchi
Midfielder Zinedine Zidane
Forward Patrice Loko

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Petr Kouba
Defender Michal Horňák
Defender Miroslav Kadlec
Defender Karel Rada
Midfielder Pavel Nedved
Midfielder Jiří Němec
Midfielder Václav Němeček (captain)
Midfielder Pavel Novotny
Midfielder Karel Poborský
Midfielder Vladimir Smicer
Forward Radek Drulák

Substitutions:

Reynald Pedros for Sabri Lamouchi 64
Jocelyn Angloma for Lilian Thuram 84

Substitutions:

Patrik Berger for Vladimir Smicer 46
Martin Kotulek for Radek Drulák 70
Luboš Kubík for Jiří Němec 84

Cards:

Lilian Thuram 43 Y
Alain Roche 50 Y
Bixente Lizarazu 64 Y

Cards:

Pavel Nedved 77 Y
Václav Němeček 83 Y
Luboš Kubík 97 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Goalkeeper Bruno Martini
Defender Jocelyn Angloma
Defender/Centre back Frank Leboeuf
Midfielder Corentin Martins
Midfielder Reynald Pedros
Forward Mikael Madar

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ladislav Maier
Goalkeeper Pavel Srníček
Defender Martin Kotulek
Defender Luboš Kubík
Midfielder Patrik Berger
Midfielder Martin Frýdek
Forward Milan Kerbr

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (France went first) 1 - Zinédine Zidane [scored] 2 - Youri Djorkaeff [scored] 3 - Bixente Lizarazu [scored] 4 - Vincent Guérin [scored] 5 - Laurent Blanc [scored] 6 - Reynald Pedros [missed]

Comments:

Penalty shoot-out details (Czech Republic went second) 1 - Luboš Kubík [scored] 2 - Pavel Nedvěd [scored] 3 - Patrik Berger [scored] 4 - Karel Poborský [scored] 5 - Karel Rada [scored] 6 - Miroslav Kadlec [scored]