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Scored: 11'
- Raheem Sterling 11'

Euro 2020 Report: Czech Republic 0 – 1 England

Tue, Jun 22 2021

Raheem Sterling celebrates his goal with his English teammates Declan Rice and Jack Grealish Credit: Alex Morton - UEFA/Getty Images

England secured a Wembley victory in dull game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday night as a Raheem Sterling goal in the first half guaranteed an unbeaten progression from Group D.

Gareth Southgate’s men flattered to deceive for most of the game, however. The Czech Republic could have topped the group with a draw or win but had to be settled with a best placed third spot. 

England made four changes from the draw with Scotland. Harry Maguire made his first appearance in the Euros returning from injury. Jack Grealish, Bakayo Sako and Kyle Walker also made their first starts. 

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were missing as they were self isolating while Phil Foden was out of the squad completely. The Czechs were unchanged from the draw with Croatia. 

It was almost a perfect start for the English early on. Luke Shaw intercepted the ball and hoisted one over the Czech defence and into the path of the onrushing Raheem Sterling. He saw the advancing Tomas Vaclik and chipped the ball over him. It looked to be going in only to hit the outside the post. 

The Czechs begun to gradually get more into the game. The midfield and attack pressed their opponents high up the pitch. Vladimir Coufal found room on the left to deliver in a cross. Only Patrick Schick was in the area which allowed Kyle Walker to clear it. 

Sterling would not be denied a second time though. Bakayo Sako led an attack down the right which was eventually switched across the pitch. England recycled possession as Harry Kane fed Jack Grealish. His precise cross to the back post was headed home with gusto by the Manchester City attacker. 

Curiously then England sat back on their lead as the Czech midfielders doubled up on any movements out from the back. Lukas Masopust crossed towards Tomas Soucek who was just unable to reach it properly. Moments later, Tomas Holes took a shot from distance that had Jordon Pickford scrambling to tip it away.

From the resulting corner, both Harry Maguire and John Stones combined to block a goal-bound effort from Soucek. 

Sako was the man who was providing the best outlet for England. An excellent charge down the right saw him cross towards Sterling on support. It was deflected out for a corner though.

Another burst from the Arsenal man saw him play it inside to Grealish before being passed out to Shaw. His attempted cross by deflected out. Kane had his first shot on target as he was found with an excellent through ball from Maguire. 

The pace dropped significantly in the second half. England sat back which allowed the Czechs more time on the ball. Coufal attempted to play in Petr Sevcik but it went out harmlessly for a goal kick. Phillips held back Darida as he threatened to skip away from him.

Pickford was also called into action to punch away a cross with Schick lurking at the back-post. At the other end, Maguire claimed for a penalty after he was held back on a freekick. 

A disallowed Jordan Henderson goal was the nearest either side came to adding to the scoring. Despite plenty of subs, the pace never really picked up. 

England top the group undefeated and without conceding a goal. 

Czech Republic: Tomás Vaclík; Tomas Kalas, Vladimir Coufal, Ondrej Celustka, Jan Boril; Jakub Jankto (Petr Sevcik 46), Thomas Holes (Matej Vydra 83), Vladimir Darida (c) (Alex Kral 63), Lukas Masopust (Adam Hlozek 63), Tomas Soucek; Patrik Schick (Tomas Pekhart 75).
Subs not used: Pavel Kaderabek, Jakub Brabec, Antonin Barak, Tomás Koubek, Michael Krmencik, Ales Mandous, Ales Mateju.
Booked: Jan Boril (60).
England: Jordan Pickford; Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones (Tyrone Mings 78), Kyle Walker; Kalvin Philips, Jack Grealish (Jude Bellingham 67), Declan Rice (Jordan Henderson 46), Bukayo Saka (Jadon Sancho 83), Raheem Sterling (Marcus Rashford 67); Harry Kane (c).
Subs not used: Sam Johnstone, Reece James, Conor Coady, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Aaron Ramsdale, Kieran Trippier, Ben White.
Booked: None
Referee: Artur Manuel Soares Dias
Attendance: 19,104
extratime.com Player of the Match: Bakayo Sako

Czech Rep
WJune 14, 2021
Scotland 0 - 2 Czech Rep
DJune 18, 2021
Croatia 1 - 1 Czech Rep
LJune 22, 2021
Czech Rep 0 - 1 England
WJune 27, 2021
N'lands 0 - 2 Czech Rep
LJuly 3, 2021
Czech Rep 1 - 2 Denmark
Tomás Vaclík 1
Tomas Kalas 6
Vladimir Coufal 5
Ondrej Celustka 3
Jan Boril 18
Booked: 60'
Jakub Jankto 14
46Subbed Off: Petr Sevcik 46'
Thomas Holes 9
83Subbed Off: Matej Vydra 83'
© Vladimir Darida 8
63Subbed Off: Alex Král 63'
Lukas Masopust 12
63Subbed Off: Adam Hlozek 63'
Tomas Soucek 15
Patrik Schick 10
75Subbed Off: Tomas Pekhart 75'

Pavel Kaderabek 2
Adam Hlozek 19
63Subbed On: Lukas Masopust 63'
Jakub Brabec 4
Antonin Barak 7
Tomás Koubek 23
Alex Král 21
63Subbed On: Vladimir Darida 63'
Michael Krmencik 11
Ales Mandous 16
Ales Mateju 22
Tomas Pekhart 24
75Subbed On: Patrik Schick 75'
Petr Sevcik 13
46Subbed On: Jakub Jankto 46'
Matej Vydra 20
83Subbed On: Thomas Holes 83'
WJune 22, 2021
Czech Rep 0 - 1 England
WJune 29, 2021
England 2 - 0 Germany
WJuly 3, 2021
Ukraine 0 - 4 England
WJuly 7, 2021
England 2 - 1 Denmark
DJuly 11, 2021
Italy 1 - 1 England
1 Jordan Pickford
6 Harry Maguire
3 Luke Shaw
5 John Stones
Defender 78'
78Subbed Off: Tyrone Mings 78'
2 Kyle Walker
14 Kalvin Philips
7 Jack Grealish
Midfielder 67'
67Subbed Off: Jude Bellingham 67'
4 Declan Rice
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Jordan Henderson 46'
25 Bukayo Saka
Midfielder 83'
83Subbed Off: Jadon Sancho 83'
10 Raheem Sterling
Scored: 11'
67Subbed Off: Marcus Rashford 67'
9 Harry Kane ©

15 Tyrone Mings
Defender 78'
78Subbed On: John Stones 78'
23 Sam Johnstone
24 Reece James
8 Jordan Henderson
Midfield 46'
46Subbed On: Declan Rice 46'
16 Conor Coady
18 Dominic Calvert-Lewin
26 Jude Bellingham
Midfield 67'
67Subbed On: Jack Grealish 67'
Aaron Ramsdale
11 Marcus Rashford
Forward 67'
67Subbed On: Raheem Sterling 67'
17 Jadon Sancho
Midfield 83'
83Subbed On: Bukayo Saka 83'
12 Kieran Trippier
22 Ben White


Competition: Euro 2020 Group D

Date: 8 p.m. June 22, 2021

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown