Portugal v Czech Republic, 23 June 1996

Score1-0 to Czech Republic
RefereeHeinz Helmut Krug
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
VenueVilla Park
Attendance26,832
Kick-off: 6.30pm Karel Poborský's exquisite chip proved the difference as the Czech Republic overcame Portugal to reach the semi-finals. Group winners Germany, England and France had already gone through by kick-off, leaving it up to Portugal to complete the full set with victory at Villa Park. Their midfield was once again in eye-catching form but for all their assuredness with the ball at their feet, found themselves up against a Czech defence which seldom looked troubled. The game was ultimately decided by a moment of magic from Poborský, who showed incredible awareness to beat Vítor Baía on 53 minutes. The Czechs had to cling on when Radoslav Látal was dismissed late on but Poborský's was a goal worthy of winning any game. It was a triumph built on solid and unspectacular foundations, though, with goalkeeper Petr Kouba proving particularly key with early saves to deny Fernando Couto and Sá Pinto. It was a familiar story for the Portuguese, whose retention of possession remained impressive but, all too often, to no avail. Unable to unlock the Czech defence, they were made to pay soon after the interval, though there was little they could have done to stop Poborský. The diminutive winger burst his way through thanks to a fortuitous bounce of the ball but was soon greeted by the advancing presence of goalkeeper Vítor Baía. In the blink of an eye he then concocted the most elaborate of finishes, scooping the ball almost vertically over the goalkeeper and into the net. It was not until Látal was sent off with eight minutes left that the Czechs' lead appeared vulnerable. Sure enough, Portugal duly created their only really noteworthy chance of the half, Jorge Cadete heading wide. They would not have another chance to save themselves; the magnificently organised and disciplined Czechs had done enough to extend their unlikely campaign into the last four.

0  Portugal

Manager: Antonio Oliveira

1  Czech Republic

Manager: Dusan Uhrin

Goals:

Goals:

Karel Poborský 53 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Vítor Baía (captain)
Defender Dimas
Defender Fernando Couto
Defender Hélder
Defender Secretário
Midfielder Oceano
Midfielder Paulo Sousa
Midfielder Rui Costa
Forward Luís Figo
Forward Sá Pinto

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Petr Kouba
Defender Michal Horňák
Defender Miroslav Kadlec
Defender Jan Suchopárek
Midfielder Radek Bejbl
Midfielder Radoslav Látal
Midfielder Jiří Němec
Midfielder Václav Němeček (captain)
Midfielder Karel Poborský
Midfielder Vladimír Smicer
Forward Pavel Kuka

Substitutions:

Domingos for Sá Pinto 46
António Folha for Oceano 65
Jorge Cadete for Luís Figo 83

Substitutions:

Luboš Kubík for Vladimír Smicer 46
Patrik Berger for Václav Němeček 90

Cards:

Hélder 10 Y
Sá Pinto 40 Y
Secretário 59 Y
João Vieira Pinto 90 Y

Cards:

Jan Suchopárek 1 Y
Vladimír Smicer 23 Y
Radek Bejbl 55 Y
Pavel Kuka 69 Y
Radoslav Látal 82 R

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Alfredo
Goalkeeper Rui Correia
Defender Paulo Madeira
Midfielder Paneira
Midfielder Paulinho Santos
Midfielder Pedro Barbosa
Midfielder Hugo Porfirio
Midfielder Tavares
Forward Domingos
Forward Jorge Cadete

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ladislav Maier
Goalkeeper Pavel Srníček
Defender Martin Kotulek
Defender Luboš Kubík
Defender Karel Rada
Midfielder Patrik Berger
Midfielder Martin Frýdek
Midfielder Pavel Novotny
Forward Radek Drulák
Forward Milan Kerbr