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Ireland v Czech Republic Match History

28 February 2012 25,961 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Before its separation in 1992, the Republic of Ireland played Czechoslovakia a total of 12 times, with results ranging from a 7-1 World Cup qualifying loss in Prague in 1961 to the one-nil victory in Reykjavik that saw Jack Charlton’s men lift the Icelandic Triangular Tournament trophy. Wednesday’s game at the Aviva Stadium will be the eighth meeting between Ireland and the Czech Republic.

5th June 1994 – Republic of Ireland 1-3 Czech Republic
The Czech Republic national football team played its first ever international in February 1994, beating Turkey 4-1 in Istanbul and showed themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. A 3-0 away win over Switzerland and a 5-3 home victory against Lithuania followed, before they came to Lansdowne Road in June. The match was supposed to be a celebratory send-off for the Irish players bound for the World Cup in the USA, but Pavel Kuka had other ideas, scoring twice, just as he had against Lithuania two weeks earlier. Pundits and fans were shocked by the Czech’s 3-1 victory, especially as it had come just a week after Ireland defeated Germany in Hanover. Ireland played timidly in the first half, with many of the players probably holding back for fear of injury. The Czechs had failed to qualify, and had no such fear, playing great technical football, which led to the first goal. Terry Phelan took down Martin Frydek as the striker latched onto a through-ball from Jan Suchoparek, and Kuka scored from the spot. Ireland got a lucky equaliser before half-time when Andy Townsend’s long-range effort was deflected over Petr Kouba. Kuka should have had a second just after the break when Packie Bonner spilled the ball at his feet, but he made up for the miss by converting a similar chance in the 53rd minute. The third goal mirrored the first, but this time Frydek put Suchoparek through to score off the post. The result gave the fans and the manager a lot to think about before the World Cup. Next up would be Italy at the Giants Stadium.

Ireland: Packie Bonner (Glasgow Celtic), Gary Kelly (Leeds Utd), Terry Phelan (Manchester City), Alan Kernaghan (Manchester City), Paul McGrath (Aston Villa), Eddie McGoldrick (Arsenal), Andy Townsend (Villa) capt, John Aldridge (Tranmere), Tony Cascarino (Chelsea), John Sheridan (Sheffield Wed), Steve Staunton (Aston Villa)
Subs: Roy Keane (Manchester Utd) for McGoldrick 55, Jason McAteer (Bolton) for Aldridge 55, Tommy Coyne (Motherwell) for Cascarino 66, Phil Babb (Coventry) for McGrath 79

Cezch Republic: Kobua, Kotulek, Repka, Kubic, Suchoparek, Nemec, Novotny, Smejkal, Poborsky, Frydek, Kuka
Subs: Nedved for Nemec 87 mins, Samec for Frydek 89 mins

25th April 1996 – Czech Republic 2-0 Republic of Ireland
In the reverse of our previous friendly, the second meeting between the Czechs and Ireland saw the Boys in Green helping the central European side prepare for a major competition. Jack Charlton had stepped down after failing to qualify for Euro 1996, and Mick McCarthy’s new side met the Czech Republic in his second game. Much of the Czech squad was the same as those who came to Dublin two years earlier, but the Irish team was in transition – Kenny Cunningham, Curtis Fleming and Alan Moore all won their first caps at the Strahov Stadium in Prague. Ireland had suffered a 2-0 defeat to Russia in Mick’s first game in charge, and the scoreline was the same in Prague. However, McCarthy’s men looked composed on the ball and used the wings well, but errors in defence and poor finishing made the difference. Phil Babb hadn’t played in five weeks and it showed with a nervy display, allowing Martin Frydek to open the scoring after an hour. The Czechs doubled their lead in the 69th minute when Pavel Kuka popped up again to score. Kuka looked to be offside after picking up a through pass, but the referee waved play on, and he rounded Shay Given to score. The Czechs would go on to Euro 1996, where they made it all the way to the final, losing to Germany’s golden goal winner.

Czech Republic: Kouba, Hornak, Kadlec, Repka, Latal, Frydek, Nemecek, Berger, Hapal, Drulak, Kuka
Subs: Kubic for Kadlek 46 mins, Bejbll for Nemecek 46 mins, Nedved for Latal 59 mins, Rada for Hornak 73 mins, Kerbr for Kuka 78 mins

Ireland: Shay Given (Blackburn), Denis Irwin (Manchester Utd), Jeff Kenna (Blackburn), Phil Babb (Liverpool), Paul McGrath (Aston Villa), Kenny Cunningham (Wimbledon), Andy Townsend (Aston Villa, capt.), Ray Houghton (Crystal Palace), Niall Quinn (Manchester City), Alan Moore (Middlesbrough), Mark Kennedy (Liverpool)
Subs: Curtis Fleming (Middlesbrough) for Irwin 45 mins, Liam Daish (Coventry) for Babb 66 mins

25th March 1998 – Czech Republic 2-1 Republic of Ireland
With neither team heading to France 98, the Czechs hosted Ireland for a third friendly in six years in March 1998. The result may not have gone Mick McCarthy’s way, but it saw him award first caps to Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, Mark Kinsella, Rory Delap, Graham Kavanagh and Alan Maybury. McCarthy’s entire squad brimmed with youthful enthusiasm, with just 12 goals in total between the players, and an average of seven caps each. The team that took to the field had an average age of just 22 years and eight months, and went ahead early with Gary Breen slotting home Gary Kelly’s corner kick after it had been headed on by Gareth Farrelly. Debutants Duff and Kinsella both looked comfortable on their first starts, with Duff especially standing out, terrorising the Czech right back. Karel Poborsky had been the best player for the Czechs before the break, with Vladimir Smicer appearing anonymous. However, after the break Smicer equalised after Kuka did all the hard work, and substitute Edvard Lasota grabbed the winner late on after McCarthy shuffled his side further. Robbie Keane came off the bench to become the second youngest Irish player ever (after 1971 international Jimmy Holmes), but did not look out of place running down the right flank. Strangely enough, the match was not shown on RTÉ television, with the broadcaster refusing to pay the exorbitant fees demanded by the Czechs.

Czech Republic: Maier, Kozel, Rada, Latal, Nemec, Poborsky, Cizec, Smicer, Bejbl, Kuka, Lokvenec
Subs: Lovenc for Kuka, Lasota for Cizec, Fukal for Smicer

Ireland: Shay Given (Newcastle), Alan Maybury (Leeds Utd), Kenny Cunningham (Wimbledon) capt, Gary Breen (Coventry), Jeff Kenna (Blackburn), Mark Kinsella (Charlton), Lee Carsley (Derby), Gareth Farrelly (Everton), Gary Kelly (Leeds), Damien Duff (Blackburn), David Connolly (Feyenoord)
Subs: Robbie Keane (Wolves) for Maybury 45 mins, Alan McLoughlin (Portsmouth) for Farrelly 61 mins, Kevin Kilbane (West Brom) for Connolly 61 mins, Rory Delap (Derby) for Duff 74 mins, Graham Kavanagh (Stoke) for Carsley 85 mins

23rd February 2000 – Republic of Ireland 3-2 Czech Republic
Ireland’s first win against the Czech Republic came at the fourth time of asking, and mainly thanks to some woeful defending from the visitors. The opener was music to the ears of many travelling fans, as Petr Gabriel’s deflected shot fell to 6 ft 7 in Jan Koller who smashed it home after four minutes. 28 year old Paul Butler made his debut in defence, and looked a little shaky under pressure from the big man, who could have easily doubled the lead. However, a mistake by Karel Rada levelled things, when he headed into his own goal from Mark Kennedy’s cross. The equaliser spurred the visitors on, and their efforts were rewarded when Karel Poborksy’s pin-point cross found Koller’s head. Koller was involved at the other end soon after, and a mix-up between him and goalkeeper Ladislav Maier left Ian Harte with an open net to make it 2-2. In the second half, Mark Kinsella looked to have scored straight from a corner, but Pavel Nedved headed it off the line and the referee waved play on. Either side could have won the game, but it was Ireland’s newest star Robbie Keane who ensured the victory collecting Steve Staunton’s corner to score his sixth goal in 14 games.

Ireland: Alan Kelly (Blackburn), Gary Kelly (Leeds Utd), Paul Butler (Sunderland), Kenny Cunningham (Wimbledon), Ian Harte (Leeds Utd), Mark Kennedy (Manchester City), Mark Kinsella (Charlton), Roy Keane (Manchester Utd), Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland), Niall Quinn (Sunderland), Robbie Keane (Coventry)
Subs: Phil Babb (Liverpool) for Butler 45, Jason McAteer(Blackburn) for Kennedy 45, Steve Staunton (Liverpool) for Kilbane 83, David Connolly (Feyenoord) for Robbie Keane 90

Czech Republic: Maier, Gabriel, Rada, Repka, Poborsky, Bejbi, Berger, Nedved, Nemec, Smicer, Koller
Subs: Suchoparek for Repka 45, Wagner for Smicer 54, Latal for Nemec 61, Kuka for Koller 66, Horvath for Berger 70, Rosicky for Nedved 83

31st March 2004 – Republic of Ireland 2-1 Czech Republic
Ireland ended a 20 game unbeaten run by the Czechs thanks to a deserved 93rd minute goal from Robbie Keane. Brian Kerr’s side were hit by a number of injuries before the game, and debuts were awarded to Paddy Kenny and Liam Miller, while Alan Maybury rewarded his boss’s decision to start him with a clearance off the line in the first half. Gary Doherty should have scored early on, but scuffed his shot after initially hitting the post. Ireland drew first blood just after half-time. Doherty was fouled on the edge of the area, and Ian Harte drove the resulting free-kick past Petr Cech. Milan Baros should have scored with fifteen minutes left, and when his goal did finally come in the 82nd minute, there were suspicions of handball. The ball ended up in the net at the other end, but as it was direct from a Rory Delap throw-in without hitting another player, the referee ruled it out. Right at the death, Alan Lee crossed the ball for Keane who took advantage of Thomas Ujfalusi’s slip to score his nineteenth international goal.

Ireland: Given (Kenny 82); Maybury, Doherty (Miller 70), Cunningham, Harte; Andy Reid (Delap 65), Holland, Kilbane, Duff (Kinsella 76); Morrison (Lee 76), Robbie Keane.

Czech Republic: Cech (Vaniak 46); Jiranek (Plasil) , Bolf (Rozehnal 58), Ujfalusi, Jankulovski; Sionko (Stajner 46), Galasek, Nedved (Heinz 46), Tyce; Koller (Lokvenc 46), Baros (Vorisek 84).

11th October 2006 – Republic of Ireland 1-1 Czech Republic
After a disastrous start to Euro 2008 qualification, some pressure was eased on manager Steve Staunton thanks to a 1-1 draw with top seeds Czech Republic. The Czechs started the campaign with wins over Wales and rivals Slovakia, while Ireland lost 1-0 to Germany and embarrassingly 5-2 to Cyprus. Just four days after that debacle, the Irish team gave a determined display against the Czechs, with Paul McShane making his debut and both Wayne Henderson and Stephen Kelly winning their third caps. Jonathan Douglas played well in his fourth appearance, and could have got his name on the scoresheet in the first half only for Petr Cech to save his shot with his outstretched leg. Damien Duff was excellent on the right flank, and provided the ball for Kevin Kilbane’s opener in the 61st minute. However, the Czechs were back on terms soon after, Jan Koller easily beat Paul McShane to squeeze the ball past Henderson. It was the only mistake McShane made on his debut, with Emmet Malone of the Irish Times describing his performance as “one of the great Irish international debuts”. Robbie Keane could have won the match late on for Ireland, but he headed over Damien Duff’s cross, and Staunton’s side won their first point in qualifying.

Ireland: Wayne Henderson, Stephen Kelly, Paul McShane, John O’Shea, Steven Finnan, Andy Reid (Alan Quinn 72), Lee Carsley, Jonathan Douglas, Kevin Kilbane (Alan O’Brien 79), Damien Duff, Robbie Keane.
Subs Not Used: Nick Colgan, Clinton Morrison, Alan Lee, Kevin Foley, Sean St. Ledger.

Czech Republic: Cech; Ujfalusi, Jiranek, Rozehnal, Jankulovski; Plasil (Grygera 85), Kovac, Rosicky, Polak; Koller, Baros (Jarolim 83).

12th September 2007 Czech Republic 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Four consecutive wins and a draw against Slovakia gave Steve Staunton’s choice a small chance of progressing to Euro 2008, but his side went to Prague needing a win to stand any chance of qualifying. From the start, the Czechs dominated, going ahead through a fifteenth minute goal from Marek Jankulovski. The home side remained on top for the majority of the first half, but Stephen Hunt’s introduction on 38 minutes for the injured John O’Shea injected some urgency into Ireland’s game. Almost immediately, Ireland were close to leveling, but Kevin Doyle’s shot struck the woodwork. However, after an hour, Hunt received his marching orders following a late challenge on Jan Polak, and Ireland’s ten men fought valiantly, but couldn’t find an equaliser. Ireland went on to draw 0-0 with Germany at Croke Park, but the Czechs went one better at the Allianz Arena in Munich, shocking the Germans with a 3-0 win to top the group.

Czech Republic: Cech, Ujfalusi, Rozehnal, Kovac, Jankulovski, Sionko, Galasek, Rosicky, Polak, Plasil, Baros. Subs: Blazek, Sivok, Vlcek, Pospech, Jarolim, Kulic, Dosek.

Ireland: Shay Given, Stephen Kelly, Paul McShane, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Aiden McGeady, Le Carsley, Andy Reid, Kevin Kilbane, Kevin Doyle, Robbie Keane. Subs: Nick Colgan, Stephen Hunt, Andy Keogh, Jonathan Douglas, Darron Gibson, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy.

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