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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004, 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK
Greece v Czech Rep player ratings

Our assessment of the Greece and Czech Republic players in their semi-final in Porto.

Greece

Antonios Nikopolidis - 7: Two smart stops from Jankulovski kept the score goalless early on. He handled the ball confidently and always looked comfortable when coming out for high balls aimed towards Koller.


Georgios Seitaridis - 8: His only brief was to track Baros wherever he went, and he did so diligently - he was only beaten three times by his man and impressed throughout.


Michail Kapsis - 8: Given the unenviable task of man-marking Koller, and stuck to his guns. Despite inevitably being beaten to almost every high ball he did enough to prevent the giant striker from delivering any precise lay-offs or applying a decisive touch.


Traianos Dellas - 9 (STAR MAN): Marshalled the Greek backline and neutralised the Czech Republic's attacking threat. Dellas was always on hand to mop up any loose balls or knock-downs. Capped a superb display with a dramatic silver-goal winner.


Panagiotis Fyssas - 6: Did not get forward much from left-back but delivered some telling crosses when he did. As Greece grew in confidence he came into the game more and more.


Angelos Bassinas - 7: Covered a lot of ground in the centre and was tenacious in the tackle. His work-rate was instrumental in giving Greece the upper hand either side of the break and he rarely wasted possession once he had won it.


Konstantinos Katsouranis - 6: Some nice footwork got him forward on the right flank and his crosses from deep were a threat, but for the most part he had his hands full keeping Jankulovski quiet.


Georgios Karagounis- 6: Never happier than when he had the ball at his feet and always looked to try his luck from range. Another Greek midfielder to enjoy a purple patch in the first-half, but faded slightly after the break.


Theo Zagorakis - 6: Quietly effective in midfield. Happy to chase lost causes and his willingness to tackle meant won his share of possession too - only his final ball let him down on occasions.


Angelos Charisteas - 5: Unable to make his mark on the game while the Czechs controlled things early on but when the Greeks found a foothold he came into things more. Could not get forward enough to support Vryzaz with any real effect though.


Zissis Vryzas - 6: On his own up front and starved of service in the early stages. Things did improve in the second half but he could not make the most of his only two chances on goal - heading the ball tamely goalwards on both occasions.


Substitutes

Stelios Giannakopoulos (replaced Bassinas, 71 mins): Opened up the Czech defence with a chipped free-kick that Vryzas should have done better with and was unlucky not to score himself with a header in extra-time.

Vassilios Tsiartas (replaced Vryzas, 90 mins): Brought on for extra-time to provide some fresh legs and worked hard for his side's cause.


Czech Republic

Petr Cech - 7: A spectator for the first hour but dealt well with two testing Fyssas crosses when called upon. Saved well from Giannakopoulos and Dellas in extra-time when the Greeks threatened - and had no chance with their goal.


Zdenek Grygera - 6: Not able to get forward as much as Jankulovski on the opposite flank but coped well with the growing threat of Fyssas and Karagounis down the left.


Tomas Ujfalusi - 7: Hardly put a foot wrong at the back in the first 90 minutes and he helped ensure the dominance the Greeks sometimes enjoyed in midfield did not translate into any meaningful chances. Faded in extra time.


Rene Bolf - 7: An impressive partner for Ujfalusi, he was strong and solid for the most part, but like the rest of the Czech defence he was caught napping at the corner that led to Dellas heading home the winner.


Marek Jankulovski - 7: Sharp and lively down the left, and always looked to get forward. Twice brought good saves out of Nikopolidis in the opening half-hour and almost caught out the Greek keeper with a cheeky chip. Got forward less in the second half.


Karel Poborsky - 5: Some strong runs down the right were not always matched by his final ball. Came close to opening the scoring with a clever chip but his industry was stifled by the Greeks for the most part and his performance was patchy.


Tomas Galasek - 6: Not afraid to get stuck in and always made his tackles count, but the fluency of the Greek midfield meant he was often given the run-around.


Tomas Rosicky - 5: Began brightly by smashing a volley against the bar and his one-touch interplay with Nedved in midfield was a joy to behold. But once his skipper departed he sparked a lot less, only lighting the game up when he set up Koller with a clever one-two.


Pavel Nedved - 6: Impressive whenever he got the ball, whether he distributed it immediately or embarked on a run - but he was hurt while trying to connect with a Rosicky cross and his involvement was ended before half-time.


Jan Koller - 7: The target of every ball pumped into the Greek half, he won most of them without being able to tee-up any of his team-mates. Used the ball well on the ground too but was guilty of a bad miss with the goal at his mercy late on.


Milan Baros - 5: Kept quiet by the close attentions of Seitaridis, he played a minimal part in the game but almost snatched a winner when he escaped his marker in the closing stages of normal time.


Substitutes

Vladimir Smicer (replaced Nedved, 40 mins) - 5: Replaced the Czech skipper but did not have anything like his presence in midfield and was disappointing when given the ball.





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