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Tomas Rosicky

Tomas Rosicky
Greece 1-2 Czech Republic
Monday, June 12
Wroclaw

Tomas Rosicky played the first half of the Czech Republic's 2-1 victory over Greece in Wroclaw on Tuesday evening.

Rosicky's side suffered an opening-day defeat to Russia but bounced back in Group A with a comfortable win over the Greeks, who now look likely to face an early exit from the competition.

The Czech Republic stormed into an early lead inside three minutes. Tomas Hubschman sliced open the Greece defence to find Petr Jiracek through the middle, who coolly slotted home.

Rosicky then grabbed his moment to shine as he played Theodor Gebre Selassie in behind the full back, and he squared for Vaclav Pilar to bundle home in the sixth minute. 

Rosicky, the Czech captain, was booked 26 minutes in for a high challenge on Giorgos Karagounis but went close three minutes later when he forced substitute goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis into action with a shot from outside the area.

The Arsenal midfielder was substituted at half time for fellow midfielder Daniel Kolar, with Greece introducing the experienced Fanis Gekas up front.

Gekas' impact was immediate as he capitalised on a Petr Cech error to fire into an empty net and halve the Greeks' deficit.

The Czech Republic were forced to ride sporadic waves of Greek pressure as the second half drew to a close but hung on for a valuable three point.

The Czech Republic's final Group A fixture pits them against Poland in Wroclaw.

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