European Championship Qualifying - Group A
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Kosovo beat Czech Republic to boost Euro 2020 dream

Kosovo players celebrate a goal against the Czech Republic
Kosovo are unbeaten after four qualifying games for the European Championship, having failed to win in 10 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Kosovo beat the Czech Republic in Euro 2020 qualifying to boost their hopes of reaching a first tournament.

The Balkan country only gained Uefa and Fifa recognition three years ago and failed to win any World Cup qualifier.

RB Leipzig's Patrik Schick gave the Czechs an early lead with a tidy first-time finish from 16 yards.

But Vedat Muriqi levelled with an instinctive effort and Mergim Vojvoda turned home Valon Berisha's quickly taken corner for a famous winner.

The result took Kosovo top of Group A for a few hours, but England overtook them by beating Bulgaria 4-0. However the top two qualify automatically and Kosovo are now two points above the Czech Republic.

Even if Kosovo, who declared independence from Serbia in 2008, fall short, they are guaranteed a Euro 2020 play-off place through last year's Nations League.

Their next game is against England at St Mary's on Tuesday (19:45 BST).

Line-ups

Kosovo

  • 12Muric
  • 15Vojvoda
  • 13Rrahmani
  • 3Aliti
  • 2Hadergjonaj
  • 4Voca
  • 8HalimiSubstituted forRashkajat 87'minutes
  • 22ZhegrovaSubstituted forMuslijaat 56'minutes
  • 9Celina
  • 11RashaniSubstituted forBerishaat 51'minutes
  • 18MuriqiBooked at 15mins

Substitutes

  • 1Ujkani
  • 5Dresevic
  • 6Rashkaj
  • 7Hasani
  • 10Muslija
  • 14Berisha
  • 16Bekaj
  • 19Paqarada
  • 20Kryeziu
  • 21Nuhiu
  • 23Berisha

Czech Rep

  • 1Vaclik
  • 2Kaderábek
  • 3CelustkaBooked at 18mins
  • 17Suchy
  • 18Boril
  • 8Darida
  • 15Soucek
  • 12MasopustBooked at 77minsSubstituted forDolezalat 80'minutes
  • 21KralSubstituted forHusbauerat 72'minutes
  • 14Jankto
  • 19SchickSubstituted forKrmencikat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Brabec
  • 5Coufal
  • 6Simic
  • 7Krejci
  • 9Kalvach
  • 10Husbauer
  • 11Krmencik
  • 13Kopic
  • 16Koubek
  • 20Dolezal
  • 22Novák
  • 23Pavlenka
Referee:
Danny Makkelie

Match Stats

Home TeamKosovoAway TeamCzech Rep
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Kosovo 2, Czech Republic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kosovo 2, Czech Republic 1.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Pavel Kaderábek.

Foul by Martin Dolezal (Czech Republic).

Fidan Aliti (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jakub Jankto (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Ondrej Celustka (Czech Republic).

Vedat Muriqi (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ondrej Celustka (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Ondrej Celustka.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Marek Suchy.

Attempt blocked. Valon Berisha (Kosovo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bersant Celina.

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Anel Rashkaj replaces Besar Halimi.

Attempt missed. Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jan Boril with a cross.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Fidan Aliti.

Attempt blocked. Martin Dolezal (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michal Krmencik.

Attempt blocked. Michal Krmencik (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Martin Dolezal replaces Lukas Masopust.

Attempt saved. Fidan Aliti (Kosovo) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Valon Berisha with a cross.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Jan Boril.

Booking

Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic).

Valon Berisha (Kosovo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic).

Fidan Aliti (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic).

Florent Muslija (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Florent Hadergjonaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Josef Husbauer replaces Alex Kral.

Foul by Michal Krmencik (Czech Republic).

Amir Rrahmani (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Vedat Muriqi (Kosovo) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Kosovo 2, Czech Republic 1. Mergim Vojvoda (Kosovo) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Valon Berisha following a corner.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Jan Boril.

Hand ball by Florent Hadergjonaj (Kosovo).

Foul by Jan Boril (Czech Republic).

Vedat Muriqi (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Michal Krmencik (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fidan Aliti (Kosovo).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England3300141139
2Kosovo42207528
3Czech Rep420268-26
4Montenegro4022310-72
5Bulgaria5023511-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine54101111013
2Portugal31205325
3Luxembourg411245-14
4Serbia4112711-44
5Lithuania4013310-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland440072512
2Germany430115699
3Netherlands320110556
4Belarus5104310-73
5Estonia4004214-120

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland532062411
2Denmark4220155108
3Switzerland31206425
4Georgia410348-43
5Gibraltar4004012-120

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary43016429
2Croatia43019459
3Wales42024406
4Slovakia42027616
5Azerbaijan4004412-80

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain55001331015
2Sweden5311127510
3Norway522110738
4Romania521212757
5Malta5104212-103
6Faroe Islands5005316-130

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland540182612
2Austria530213679
3Slovenia52219368
4Israel52219818
5North Macedonia512268-25
6Latvia5005119-180

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France54011641212
2Turkey5401102812
3Iceland540185312
4Albania520367-16
5Moldova5104213-113
6Andorra5005011-110

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium55001511415
2Russia54011741312
3Kazakhstan52128807
4Scotland520359-46
5Cyprus51137614
6San Marino5005024-240

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy55001621415
2Finland540172512
3Bos-Herze521210737
4Armenia520389-16
5Greece511369-34
6Liechtenstein5005018-180
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