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Last Updated: Friday, 2 July, 2004, 07:00 GMT 08:00 UK
Baros cool on golden boot

Milan Baros

Czech Republic striker Milan Baros insisted finishing as Euro 2004's top goal scorer would be no consolation for being knocked out of the tournament.

The Czechs lost 1-0 to Greece in extra-time of their Lisbon semi-final.

Baros was left stranded on five goals but should still win the golden boot after Sunday's final.

Baros said: "Maybe in a few days I will be happy to have been the tournament's top scorer but that is not the way I feel at the moment."

He added: "At the moment all I can think about is the game with Greece because we are disappointed not to be playing in the final.

"It's difficult to describe the feeling - we were so close to getting to the final but we have to go home now.

"In the first four games we did have some luck but not this time - we hit the crossbar and created some chances but unfortunately we missed them."

The Liverpool star scored his five goals in the first four games of the competition as the Czech Republic won all their group games and defeated Denmark 3-0 in the quarter-final.

But against Greece, Baros was shackled by the man-marking of Giorgos Seitaridis, while the first-half injury to Pavel Nedved was another big blow to the Czechs.

"Pavel is a great player and it was a blow to lose him but I thought [Vladimir] Smicer did very well in his place," said Baros.

The Czechs went close through Tomas Rosicky, Marek Jankulovski and Jan Koller but it was Traianos Dellas' silver goal header at the end of the first half of extra-time that sealed the unlikely win for Greece.



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