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November 15, 2013
• Andrův stadion, Olomouc
Referee: B. Markham-Jones
• Attendance: 9749
O. Celustka 3'
T. Hořava 82'
Thanks for joining us. I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller on Twitter), and it was my pleasure.
Canada adds another loss to a miserable 2013, but it surprisingly only concedes twice to a much higher ranked home Czech side. Problems at the back and with finishing continue to be Canada's dual Achilles heels.
The ref ends this one early, as he blows his whistle for fulltime after 2 added minutes despite indicating a minimum of 3.
That goal seems to have reawaken the hosts, as the Czechs have been buzzing about Hirschfeld's area for several minutes.
Dwayne De Rosario
Assist Bořek Dočkal
Goal Tomas Horava
GOAL! Hovara puts the game out of reach after Canada got caught flat-footed on a Czech counter-attack. Hirschfeld had no chance on the shot, which saw the Czech goalscorer with his choice of anywhere to shoot at.
Porter gets sent in alone thanks to a nice through ball from De Rosario, but Porter's first touch is dreadful and it rolls to Cech.
Canada buzzing now. Lots of possession in the Czech half.
SAVE! Hirschfeld denies a Vydra volley to keep the Czech lead at one.
Marcel de Jong
Looks like Ashtone Morgan and Russell Teibert will be entering the game soon.
NEAR MISS! Hainault puts in a HUGE sliding challenge to stop a point blank shot, but the ball falls to another Czech player, who puts in a hybrid shot-cross that nearly sneaks into the top corner.
The Czechs look a bit more dangerous to start the second half than they did for much of the first. We'll see if the shaky Canadian back line can handle the pressure.
And we're back!
Getting set for the start of the second half.
Once again, it was a disorganized start that put the Canadians behind, as poor marking inside the box led to that early goal for the Czechs.
And that's the half! Canada trails 1-0 but had a couple of good chances to pull level.
BLOCK DE JONG! The Cezchs barge into the Canadian area and Dockal gets off a shot from 6 yards out that De Jong just redirects over the end line. The ensuing corner kick comes to nothing.
Penalty save Petr Cech
Missed Penalty Dwayne De Rosario
PENALTY SAVED! De Rosario earns the spot kick, and steps pu to take the shot. He goes to Cech's right, and the big 'keeper guesses properly and pushes the effort wide. That pretty much sums up Canada's year.
CHANCE! Instead of floating a ball into the area, Ledgerwood slides it trickily to Ricketts, who goes in alone on Cech but can't beat the goalkeeper! Close one.
A player down for each side as the midfield play gets a but more choppy. Canada has a free kick coming up from 40 yards.
Straith with an ill-advised challenge outside the Canadian area leads to a free kick for the Czechs. It sails by everyone and goes out for a goal kick.
Now that Porter has come in, it appears as though Osorio is playing a more advanced role, sliding in just behind De Rosario. Porter looks to have slotted into the midfield.
Simeon Jackson is down on the pitch getting attended to.
Canada gets it's first chance after De Rosario swings in a cross from the left for Ricketts, but the striker can't get his head on it properly. The ball bounces harmlessly to Cech.
Canada looking okay in possession so far but having problems at the back.
Another free kick from a similar area nearly leads to a similar result, as Celutska rises to meet a well-floated ball inside the Canadian area. This time, Hirschfeld is able to collect rather easily as the Czech player didn't get clean contact.
Adding insult to injury, this is Celustka's first international cap.
Assist Ladislav Krejci
Goal Ondřej Čelůstka
GOAL! Osorio barges into a Czech player, resulting in a free kick just outside the Canadian area. The ball is floated in and Celutska nods it in rather easily.
And we're underway!
The teams are out on the field and participating in the pre-match ceremony.
Czech Republic starting XI: Cech (C) (GK), Gebre Sealssie, Suchy, Celustka, Sivok, Krejci, Vanek, Kozak, Dockal, Kadlec, Hubschman.
Canada starting XI: Hirschfeld (GK), Ledgerwood, Hainault, Henry, De Jong, Straith, Ricketts, Osorio, Pacheco, Jackson, De Rosario (C).
The Czechs were also eliminated from Brazil 2014 qualification, and they are looking to start preparations for Euro 2016 now. The last time they faced Canada, the Czechs won handily. That match was 10 years ago, but the expected result looks to be the same.
Canada has yet to win in 2013, and has scored a single goal all year -- way back in February in a 4-1 loss to Japan. This despite the Canadians playng a very high number of games in a non-World Cup Qualifyoing year.
As any Canadian soccer fan knows all too well, 2013 has been arguably the toughest year in the history of the men's national team. New coach Benito Floro has taken over a side that is making a tough transition from one generation of players to the next, with the results looking terrible for Canada at present.
Good morning and welcome to Goal's live commentary of the international friendly between the Czech Republic and Canada. I'm Rudi Schuller, you can reach me @RudiSchuller on Twitter with your questions and comments.
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