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Czech Republic 0-2 Ghana
Saturday, 17 June 2006

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Czech Republic


A Gyan 2
S Muntari 82


V Lokvenc 49yellow card


O Addo 18yellow card
M Essien 37yellow card
A Gyan 66yellow card
D Boateng 75yellow card
S Muntari 84yellow card
H Mohamed 93yellow card

Sent off:

T Ujfalusi 66red card



47% 53%

Shots on target

7 9

Shots off target

9 11


6 7


12 20

Czech Republic

  • 01 P Cech
  • 02 Z Grygera
  • 22 D Rozehnal
  • 21 T Ujfalusi yellow card
  • 06 M Jankulovski
  • 08 K Poborsky (55 J Stajner )
  • 04 T Galasek (45 J Polak )
  • 10 T Rosicky
  • 20 J Plasil (68 L Sionko )
  • 11 P Nedved
  • 12 V Lokvenc yellow card


  • 03 P Mares,
  • 05 R Kovac,
  • 07 L Sionko,
  • 13 M Jiranek,
  • 14 D Jarolim,
  • 16 J Blazek,
  • 17 J Stajner,
  • 18 M Heinz,
  • 19 J Polak,
  • 23 A Kinsky,
  • 09 J Koller,
  • 15 M Baros


  • 22 R Kingston
  • 15 J Pantsil
  • 05 J Mensah
  • 13 H Mohamed yellow card
  • 07 I Shilla
  • 08 M Essien yellow card
  • 10 S Appiah
  • 11 S Muntari yellow card
  • 20 O Addo yellow card (45 D Boateng yellow card )
  • 03 A Gyan yellow card (85 R Pimpong )
  • 14 M Amoah (80 E Addo )


  • 01 S Adjei,
  • 02 H Sarpei,
  • 04 S Kuffour,
  • 06 E Pappoe,
  • 09 D Boateng,
  • 12 A Tachie-Mensah,
  • 16 G Owu,
  • 17 D Quaye,
  • 18 E Addo,
  • 19 R Pimpong,
  • 21 I Ahmed,
  • 23 H Dramani

Ref: Horacio Marcelo Elizondo
Att: 45000


PLAYER RATER: The outstanding Asamoah Gyan is your man of the match, with an average rating of 9.32. Chelsea's Michael Essien is close behind on 9.01, while Petr Cech was rated the Czech Republic's best player with 8.28.

FULL TIME: Czech Republic 0-2 Ghana
Ghana gain a deserved victory to throw Group E wide open. Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari scored the goals that capped off one of the finest attacking displays in the tournament so far. And it was the first victory by an African side at this year's tournament.

"Ghana should celebrate as one. They dominated from start to finish. Michael Essien was superb and, but for Petr Cech, this could have been a cricket score. On this performance they can give anyone a game. They had a fresh approach, were full of energy and it was a wonderful result for the World Cup."
Wigan manager Paul Jewell, BBC Five Live Sport

84 mins: Sulley Muntari is shown his second yellow card and will miss Ghana's final group game against the USA.

The only negative on a fantastic evening for Ghana is the fact that Muntari and Asamoah Gyan will miss the USA match after receiving yellow cards.

82 mins: GOAL Czech Republic 0-2 Ghana
Ghana finally breach Petr Cech's defences to gain a deserved second goal.

The outstanding Asamoah Gyan breaks forward down the right and squares to Sulley Muntari, who steadies himself before firing into the roof of the net.

81 mins: The match is frantic and Ghana have yet another good chance. Asamoah Gyan runs onto a long ball but is thwarted by a last-ditch tackle from Marek Jankulovski.

78 mins: Yet another fabulous save from Petr Cech, who is giving a heroic performance. Michael Essien breaks into the area and shoots powerfully but his Chelsea team-mate saves with his left leg.

75 mins: Ghana substitute Derek Boateng is booked for a cynical foul on Tomas Rosicky.

74 mins: Petr Cech continues to be the Czech Republic's hero. He saves brilliantly from Sulley Muntari before Derek Boateng hits the rebound over the crossbar.

71 mins: Petr Cech keeps the Czech Republic in the match with a superb close-range save from Matthew Amoah.

68 mins: Libor Sionko comes on in place of Jaroslav Plasil for the Czech Republic.

Asamoah Gyan, who has been a constant threat, beats Petr Cech with a well-struck penalty but sees the ball come back off the post.

65 mins: Tomas Ujfalusi brings down Matthew Amoah and Ghana are awarded a penalty.

The referee takes an age to show Ujfalusi the red card. Asamoah Gyan hears the whistle blow to call Ujfalusi over and fires the ball into the net. He is booked and will now miss Ghana's next game against the USA. It is a big blow to Ghana as Gyan has been their man of the match so far.

63 mins: "The Czech Republic are unrecognisable from the side that demolished the USA. But let's give Ghana credit - they're not letting them play."
Paul Jewell, Wigan manager and Five Live Sport summariser

58 mins: The ball runs across the Ghana area and narrowly evades several Czech players before Jaroslav Plasil fires over the crossbar from an acute angle.

56 mins: Czech coach Karel Bruckner, who is looking increasingly exasperated with his side, brings on forward Jiri Stajner for midfielder Karel Poborsky.

52 mins: Asamoah Gyan, who has been a revelation, almost scores his and Ghana's second goal.

He beats three men on a jinking 50-yard run before unleashing a powerful 20-yard shot that prompts a full-length save from Petr Cech.

51 mins: The Czech Republic's Vratislav Lokvenc is booked for a foul on Illiasu Shilla.

46 mins: Pavel Nedved heads in from Karel Poborsky's cross, but the "goal" is ruled out for offside.

46 mins: Each side makes one change. Midfielder Derek Boateng comes on for Otto Addo for Ghana, and Jan Polak replaces Tomas Galasek in midfield for the Czech Republic.

HALF-TIME: Czech Republic 0-1 Ghana
Ghana take a deserved lead into the interval. They have been characteristically tenacious and taken the game to their much-fancied opponents.

Player rater: Ghana goalscorer Asamoah Gyan leads your ratings at half-time, with an average score of 9.29. He is narrowly ahead of team-mate Michael Essien on 9.15, with Pavel Nedved leading the Czech ratings with 8.9.

43 mins: The Czech Republic's best chance of the half. The imperious Pavel Nedved powers forward in midfield and passes wide to Karel Poborsky. The veteran winger sends in a superb cross, but Tomas Rosicky miscues his shot and the ball spins wide. There seem certain to be more goals in this open game.

41 mins: "Everyone's been talking the Czech Republic up, but Ghana have taken the game to them. If they can keep this up, they've got a great chance."
Paul Jewell, Wigan manager and Five Live Sport summariser

39 mins: Petr Cech confidently leaves a shot from Ghana captain Stephen Appiah, yet watches the ball go just inches wide of the post.

37 mins: Michael Essien is shown the yellow card for a late tackle on Pavel Nedved.

34 mins: A catalogue of defensive blunders almost leads to a Czech equalier. First Roger Kingston drops a left-wing cross, almost letting Pavel Nedved in. Then the Ghana defence fails to clear and is lucky that Tomas Rosicky can contrive only a weak shot.

30 mins: Matthew Amoah has a great chance to extend Ghana's lead but he curls the ball high and wide from a position level with the penalty spot. The crowd are enjoying an open and exciting game that has yielded plenty of goalscoring opportunities.

29 mins: Pavel Nedved collects a rebound on the edge of the Ghana area and plays a lovely lateral ball into space for Karel Poborsky. The former Manchester United midfielder hits a low shot a couple of feet wide of the far post.

27 mins: Sulley Muntari, who has been lively for Ghana, picks the ball up wide on the right side. He goes for what looks like a wildly ambitious shot, but is only inches off target.

23 mins: Sulley Muntari surges forward, unchallenged, in midfield but skews his 30-yard shot wide of the far post.

18 mins: Ghana's Otto Addo is booked for bringing down Jaroslav Plasil.

12 mins: Czech talisman Pavel Nedved skilfully manufactures space on the edge of the area before hitting a stinging shot. It is too close to Richard Kingston though and Ghana's keeper saves comfortably.

10 mins: Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah, who has seen plenty of the ball already, wastefully hits a free kick into the arms of Petr Cech from 35 yards out.

7 mins: "Every time the Czech Republic get the ball in the final third Ghana are snapping at their heels and giving them no time at all."
Paul Jewell, Wigan manager and Five Live Sport summariser

2 mins: GOAL Czech Republic 0-1 Ghana
Ghana take a shock lead. Stephen Appiah sends in an excellent cross from the left and Asamoah Gyan takes the ball on his chest before hitting a low shot past Petr Cech.

1700 BST: The Czech Republic kick off in the evening sun in Cologne.


1658 BST: "I'm fascinated to see how the midfield battle will pan out. I'll be very interested to see how Ghana line up and whether Michael Essien adopts more of a holding role. If the Czech Republic win the midfield battle I'd fancy them to win the game."
Paul Jewell, Wigan manager and Five Live Sport summariser

1656: The two teams stand for their national anthems before shaking hands ahead of kick-off.

1615: The teams are announced. Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner makes just one change, with Vratislav Lokvenc replacing the injured Jan Koller in attack.

Aston Villa striker Milan Baros is still out because of a hamstring injury.

Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic drops experienced defender Samuel Kuffour, who made the error that allowed Italy to score their second goal on Monday, replacing him with the uncapped Habib Mohamed.

Left back Emmanuel Pappoe loses his place to Shilla Illiasu and Eric Addo is replaced by Otto Addo in the other changes to the Black Stars' line-up.


Czech Republic: Cech, Grygera, Rozehnal, Ujfalusi, Jankulovski, Poborsky, Galasek, Rosicky, Plasil, Nedved, Lokvenc.
Subs: Mares, Kovac, Sionko, Jiranek, Jarolim, Blazek, Stajner, Heinz, Polak, Kinsky, Koller, Baros.

Ghana: Kingston, Pantsil, Mensah, Mohamed, Shilla, Essien, Appiah, Muntari, Otto Addo, Gyan, Amoah.
Subs: Adjei, Sarpei, Kuffour, Pappoe, Boateng, Tachie-Mensah, Owu, Quaye, Eric Addo, Pimpong, Ahmed, Drama

Referee: Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (Argentina).

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