“Of course we are looking forward to the start of the knockout phase,” de Boer said on Wednesday evening. “We have to be at the top to get a good result against the Czech Republic. They showed what they can do in the group stage, we will have to work hard. We will use the next few days to analyze the Czech Republic properly.”
If Orange beats the Czech Republic, de Boer and his cohorts will play against the winner from Denmark-Wales in the quarter-finals.
The Czechs started the European Championship in excellent shape, with a 2-0 victory over Scotland, thanks to two goals from striker Patrik Schick. A second in particular, from just above midfield, went around the world.
In the second group match, a tie was made against the Croats (1-1, a check goal again), so that he could no longer avoid the next round. Against the English he lost, with a blow from Raheem Sterling. Because Ivan Perisic made it 3-1 for the Croats in the final against Scotland, it wasn’t them, but the Czechs who finished third in the group and now face the Netherlands.
Patrick Schick is the guy to watch.
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The days of Pavel Nedved, Karel Boborsky, Milan Barros, Tomas Rosicky and Jan Koller are long gone in the Czech Republic. With them, Eastern Europe could seriously embarrass the great nations in the past. We know that very well in the Netherlands after Euro 2004. Then they lost 3-2 in an exciting match. This was the infamous Robin replacement pot.
Now the Czech Republic has only one great man who has been really trying to break into his position as a former top talent for years: Chic (25). Once Roma and RB Leipzig and now Bayer Leverkusen. The striker who scored the most exciting goal in the European Championship so far, after his powerful shot from the center line against Scotland. He achieved a total of three. Midfielder Tomas Sucic (West Ham United) is another “famous” player.