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Czech Republic 0-2 Italy
Thursday, 22 June 2006

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1801: tidalwave_sideburns
I can't believe Baros was substituted. They were 1-0 down and a loss means going home.....why didn't they put another striker in there?

1745: Italian Addick
Italy rarely get the credit we deserve and we haven't even been knocked out of the World Cup in open play since 1986. We have a great goalkeeper, an outstanding defence, a pretty decent midfield and some very good strikers. We are one of the leading contenders for the World Cup. We have had a tough group but we have won it and now we have quite an easy draw.

1733: Alexican
Surprised to see the Czechs go out after their impressive first game. People were even tipping them to win the cup after that performance. Could it have been down to Koller being injured?

1722: factsnotfiction
I've always rated Inzaghi as a goalscorer. He can get a goal from nothing even if he's out of the game for most of it.

1710: Bench
Italy will get trounced once they play a decent team with aerial ability. The Czechs desperately missed Koller no doubt.

1707: The Pain
Czechs deserved to go out for their wimpy performance against the Ghanians. Italy are extremely tough to beat and if the draw is kind to them, I can see them reaching the final.

1702: Giovanni27
Sad to see Czechs go out. They were more entertaining than Italy. Rosicky will be great in the Premiership though.

1655: Bluevaio
Italy and Ghana have been the best two teams in this group. Italy beat the Czechs 2-0 and so did Ghana - nuff said.

1643: spur56
I can't see that the Czech team has anyone to blame but themselves. They lost to Ghana so they aren't good enough, it's as simple as that.

1632: Giovanni27
Italy offer not much in the excitement stakes. At least Ghana have pace and excitement.

1620: ryan
Italy are winning 1-0, the goal was scored before the sending off and some people are already blaming the result on the ref.

1608: Bluevaio
The red card was justified, but I thought the first yellow was a little too harsh. It's do or die for the Czechs.

1602: jlange
The fact remains he was on a yellow and committed a stupid foul.

1601: The-Kop-Prophet
The first tackle was not a yellow card offence. The refereeing is chronic and getting worse by the game.

1559: DavidHankey
Was the red card jusified? Certainly. Two yellows make a red and it was a clumsy tackle from behind. No defence whatsoever!

1547: The-Kop-Prophet
Group of death decided by awful refereeing. The red card will mean the Czechs go out.

1542: Giovanni27
The Czechs' strength is in midfield where they pass the ball around nicely but I think they really hit a brick wall in the final third.

1538: dave
I cannot really see how the Czechs can pull themselves back into this game. They're only playing one striker against a quality backline.

1527: Bluevaio
1-0 Italy. 1-0 Ghana. I guess it's a battle to avoid Brazil.

1512: mikesiva
Baros is making his presence felt. Let's see if the Czechs can keep this up.

1501: Keyser Soze
I will be very, very annoyed if the Czechs go out today. With their first team fit they are a formidable attacking side, and play fabulous football. I'd certainly rather see them through than the Italians.

1456: LFC_Since_1969
Any sort of win for both Ghana & the Czechs and it's bye bye Italy. Can't see it happening though - I think the Italians jsut a little too much guile for the Czechs.

1455: Besonders
The permutations are complicated, but basically all the teams need a win, except Italy who will go through with a draw.

1447: mikesiva
I pick the Czechs to hold Italy to a 1-1 draw.

1435: David
Now this one should be a belter because not only have we got two good sides, there's a lot riding on it as either could go out.


  Italy 3 4 7
  Ghana 3 1 6
  Czech R 3 -1 3
  USA 3 -4 1


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