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Spain 1 - Czech Republic 0

Monday, 13th June

European Champions, Spain, will be looking to make it three titles in a row here at Euro 2016; having won the two previous tournaments in Poland-Ukraine 2012 and Austria-Switzerland 2008.

David De Gea was preferred ahead of veteran, Iker Casillas in goal for Spain. For the Czech Republic, Tomas Rosicky was featured; despite only playing nineteen minutes for Arsenal all season.

For long moments, the game in Toulouse was nothing to get excited about.

Spain can tend to send their opponents to sleep and then spring into life. Even the Czech Republic messed around with square balls, when given a free-kick on the edge of the Spanish area.

Spain upped the tempo just before the break but Czech Republic held firm; anchored by the very experienced Petr Cech.

Half-time: Spain 0 - Czech Republic 0

Spain started the second-half lively but still couldn't break the deadlock; forcing Vicente del Bosque to replace Alvaro Morata with Athletic Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz, just after the hour mark.

Czech Republic then gave Spain a real scare, but Cesc Fabregas was in the right place to hook the goal-bound ball away.

Fabregas had done his job for the day and was replaced by Thiago, with twenty minutes to go.

There was never a feeling that Spain wouldn't find a way through, with the relentless pressure from their talented midfield players, but the Czech fans might have been praying that their team could hold out just a little longer.

Three minutes from time, Petr Cech watched as Andres Iniesta performed some trickery away to his right; then followed the flight of the ball, as it whipped across his goalmouth. Unfortunately, the Czech goalkeeper was still watching as Gerard Pique rose to knock the ball in the net with his forehead.

Group D in Toulouse.

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Final Score: Spain 1 - Czech Republic 0

1:0 (Gerard Pique, 87)

13-David De Gea;
16-Juanfran, 3-Gerard Pique, 15-Sergio Ramos, 18-Jordi Alba;
10-Cesc Fabregas, 5-Sergio Busquets, 6-Andres Iniesta, 21-David Silva;
7-Alvaro Morata, 22-Nolito.

Czech Republic:
1-Petr Cech;
2-Pavel Kaderabek, 6-Tomas Sivok, 5-Roman Hubnik, 8-David Limbersky;
22-Vladimir Darida, 13-Jaroslav Plasil, 4-Theodor Gebre Selassie, 10-Tomas Rosicky;
19-Ladislav Krejci, 7-Tomas Necid.

Euro 2016 in France.

Michel - Founder of TravelNotes.org and Meta-Travel.com