Thursday, August 21, 2008

World Cup Qualifiers: England 2-2 Czech Republic

England salvaged a lucky draw against Czech Republic but were poor in their last game before the start of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Milan Baros turned England skipper John Terry and had his shot deflected in off Ashley Cole to put the Czechs ahead. England leveled with a powerful Wes Brown header but were out-classed and outplayed by the visitors. Marek Jankulovski restored the Czech lead with a superb free-kick before Joe Cole scrambled home in injury time.

England: James, Brown, Ferdinand (Woodgate 57), Terry, Ashley Cole, Beckham (Jenas 79), Barry, Lampard (Bentley 79), Gerrard (Joe Cole 57), Defoe (Heskey 46), Rooney (Downing 69).
Subs Not Used: Robinson, Hart, Johnson, Bridge, Upson, Walcott.

Booked: Barry.

Goals: Brown 45", Joe Cole 90".

Czech Republic: Cech, Grygera (Pospech 46), Ujfalusi, Rozehnal, Jankulovski, Vlcek (Jarolim 46), Kovac (Rajnoch 75), Polak, Plasil (Papadopulos 90), Sirl (Kadlec 75), Baros (Sverkos 46).
Subs Not Used: Zitka.

Goals: Baros 22", Jankulovski 48".

Attendance: 69,738

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