Czech Republic v Greece: Man For Man

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PETR CECH: Handling not all it might be from the man who is supposedly the tournament's outstanding keeper. Fine save from Giannakopoulos. Mark 5/10

ZDENEK GRYGERA: Failed to push up enough in support of Poborsky. 5

TOMAS UJFALUSI: Showed excellent positional sense at the back, smothered any Greek threat in the air. 8

RENE BOLF: Very solid, showed fine timing in the tackle from one of the few home-based Czechs. May have earned a move. 5

MAREK JANKULOVSKI: Very dangerous when marauding forward. He might have scored twice before half-time to justify Juventus's interest. 7

KAREL POBORSKY: Never allowed the space he had enjoyed in previous rounds to get in telling crosses. Improved markedly in the second half. 6

TOMAS GALASEK: No player suffered more than the Czechs' holding player from the tight grip Rehhagel's team held in midfield. 4

TOMAS ROSICKY: Had the highly rated midfielder shot in the opening few moments struck the net rather than the bar, it might have triggered a rout. 6

PAVEL NEDVED: No sight was more poignant than that of the Czech captain hobbling off with a knee injury that would have cost him a place in the final. 5

MILAN BAROS: Kept thoroughly in check by Seitaridis and failed to show the glitter that made a mockery of Gérard Houllier's policy of keeping him on Liverpool's bench. 5

JAN KOLLER: Surprisingly delicate knock-downs that might have been better followed up. One great chance to settle matters in normal time. 6


VLADIMIR SMICER (for Nedved, 40): Steady. 5


ANTONIOS NIKOPOLIDIS: Looked vulnerable throughout to anything sent across his area. Mark 4/10

GIOURKAS SEITARIDIS: An early yellow card failed to deter some muscular defending. 7

MIHALIS KAPSIS: Showed fine anticipation in support of Dellas and made some finely judged interceptions. 7

TRAIANOS DELLAS: Kept Koller wonderfully in check and scored the winner. What did Sheffield United let go? 9

TAKIS FYSSAS: The Greek left back made some deep and vital penetrations and one cross might have resulted in a goal. 6

ANGELOS BASINAS: Threw himself into the semi-final with huge energy until weariness forced him off. 6

COSTAS KATSOURANIS: Brought in to break up the Czech midfield and succeeded unromantically in his limited aims. 6

THEO ZAGORAKIS: Wonderfully committed performance which typified Greek displays in the whole competition. 8

ZISIS VRYSAS: Allowed to show very little apart from the odd tame header. Bought off at full time. 3

ANGELOS CHARISTEAS: The Greek midfield was designed to protect their back-four rather than support their centre-forward. 4

GIORGOS KARAGOUNIS: Continued his run of being booked in every round, which will prevent him from playing in the final. 4


STELIOS GIANNAKOPOULOS (for Basinas, 72): One great chance in extra time. 5

VASSILIS TSIARTAS (for Vrysas, f-t): No real time to make an impact.