Czech Republic 3 - Australia 1

After sustained pressure in the opening moments of the first half by the home side, the LG Socceroos conceded the first goal of the match in the 10th minute, failing to clear a corner, with the goal headed in by Milan Fukal.

Striker Mark Viduka had the LG Socceroos' best chance to even the scores in the first half, beating several defenders in a solo run in the 30th minute, before his shot was stopped by the goalkeeper.

Midfielder Josip Skoko almost levelled the scores just 6 minutes into the second half, his shot from outside of the box parried over the bar by the Czech keeper, but the Australians fell further behind just a couple of minutes later, Jan Koller scoring his 12th goal from 12 games after a successful counter attack.

The Czech Republic's third goal was scored in the 66th minute after another counter attack, which was finished off by Ivo Ulich, while Australias consolation goal came in the dying minutes of the game, Craig Foster posting his name on the scoreboard after the Czech defence failed to clear a corner.

Frank Farina said
"We got off to a bit of a bad start, where in the initial 10-15 minutes we gave away some silly free kicks, gave away possession in bad areas, and got punished for it by having the goal scored against us just 10 minutes in.

"After that the boys settled and played really well for the last 20 minutes or so of the first half, we had our chances, and we went into the second half on a positive note.

"Their second goal came from the chances we were creating at the other end, it came on the break and showed a bit of naivety on our behalf, with too many players forward, which caught us on the quick break.

"That was also the story of the third goal, a chance to Mark Viduka saw them catch us on the break again, we should have sat someone back, and we didn't.

"Overall I thought the boys played quite well, but the bottom line is that they caought us out twice, we got caught out on a couple of occasions and we paid for it, but we'll also learn from it."

written by Soccer Australia