Czech Republic 7-0 San Marino: Baros Hits Four And Rosicky Starts As Czechs Run Riot

A welcome win - and a welcome return...

The Czech Republic kept their faint hopes of World Cup qualification alive with a thumping win over San Marino.

Galatasaray striker Milan Baros scored four, including a first half hat-trick, in a match also notable for the return to competitive action for Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky.

The visitors held their own until the 28th minute when Jaroslav Plasil and Baros teamed up to give the latter the opener in front of the 8,000 fans in Uherske Hradiste.

Tomas Hubschman then set up Baros for his second in the 44th minute, and the unmarked veteran added a third a mere minute later.

The Czechs' first action of the second period also ended in a goal, Vaclav Sverkos netting from long range, shortly before Rosicky left the pitch to applause as an early second-half substitute.

Baros added his final of the afternoon with a tap-in after Daniel Pudil's free-kick hit the post.

But the goalscoring wasn't finished. Tomas Necid of CSKA Moscow hit a late strike after being set up by Hubschman, and then Sverkos wrapped it up with a seventh in stoppage time.

Steve Michaels, Goal.com