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European Championship: Wasteful Czechs salvage a point

Though Georgia will be proud of a first point at a major tournament against a team ranked 40 places higher, it could have been even better if substitute Saba Lobjanidze had not squandered a glorious chance to win the game at the death

Reuters Hamburg Published 23.06.24, 10:44 AM
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European Championship newcomers Georgia held Czechia to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, taking a shock lead through a Georges Mikautadze penalty before an equaliser off the chest of Patrik Schick.

Though Georgia will be proud of a first point at a major tournament against a team ranked 40 places higher, it could have been even better if substitute Saba Lobjanidze had not squandered a glorious chance to win the game at the death.

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The Czechs dominated but wasted a flurry of chances.

Both teams have one point from two games and need to win their final Group F match to progress to the knockout stages.

In an intense game at Hamburg’s Voklsparkstadion, Mikautadze sent Czech goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek the wrong way with his spot-kick in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time after a handball by Robin Hranac. The goal sent Georgia’s white-clad fans into ecstasy.

Schick got the equaliser the Czechs deserved in the 59th minute, steering the ball in with his chest after Ondrej Lingr’s glancing header from a corner bounced off the post.

In a concern for the Czechs’ next game against Turkey, Schick — joint top scorer with five goals at the last Euros — limped off soon after his goal.

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