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Monday, 19 June, 2000, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
Berger comes in as Czechs go out
The Czech Republic's forgotten man gets his chance at last on Wednesday - but it will be his only game of Euro 2000.
Patrik Berger missed the games against Holland and France through suspension, but those two defeats mean the 1996 finalists will be going no further this time around.
"I'd love to have been on the pitch."
Berger, 26, insisted his team would be keen to round off their participation with a victory.
"We want to win the game for us and for our fans," he said.
"It's going to be better for us if we finish third rather than fourth in the group," he said.
The Liverpool man refused to blame his team-mates for the two losses, saying that bad luck was the bigger factor.
"The guys did so well. They were the better side in both games," he said.
"I think we are a better side than we were four years ago."
Opinion in the Czech Republic itself, however, was not fully with Berger.
"We played one perfect half (against Holland) in two matches, and that is not enough," Vlastimil Petrzela, coach of first division side Bohemians Prague, was quoted as saying in daily Sport.
"Players convinced both themselves and the nation that referees were deliberately against the whole Eastern bloc and over-reacted badly on the pitch."
Former international Milan Luhovy said in the daily Lidove Noviny that Czechs were not so well organised as France, England, Romania or Portugal.
"People say we have an excellent team but this is only true if we can play out of defence," he said.
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