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Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic



Czech Republic fans create a lively atmosphere in Basel

Czech Republic fans create a lively atmosphere in Basel ahead of the opening game of Euro 2008 against the hosts Switzerland

Milk maids and plastic cows feature in the short opening ceremony

The Euro 2008 opening ceremony features some typical Swiss stereotypes as the first match approaches

A puppet is used to portray skiing

The colourful, 13-minute opening ceremony features 976 performers with modern pixel art as its inspiration

Zdenek Grygera is tackled by Switzerland's Tranquillo Barnetta

The action gets underway with Zdenek Grygera battling against Switzerland's Tranquillo Barnetta during an entertaining opening

Switzerland's Marco Streller outjumps Jaroslav Plasil

Switzerland's Marco Streller outjumps Jaroslav Plasil as the hosts start to create a number of openings in front of their own fans

Alexander Frei

Swiss captain Alexander Frei has a number of chances to open the scoring but picks up a knee injury before the break and is substituted

Swiss defender Patrick Muller and Czech forward Jan Koller

Swiss defender Patrick Muller is put under pressure from Czech forward Jan Koller as the game opens up in the second half

Czech keeper Petr Cech is called into action

Czech keeper Petr Cech is called into action as the Swiss look to score the opening goal of the tournament

Czech substitute Vaclav Sverkos celebrates scoring the opener

The deadlock is broken as Czech substitute Vaclav Sverkos beats the off-side trap to slot the ball past Diego Benaglio in the 70th minute

Swiss fans are left dejected

The Czech Republic survive some late scares to seal the win, leaving the Swiss fans dejected after witnessing their sides defeat

Czech players celebrate a successful opening to their Euro 2008 campaign

Meanwhile the Czech players celebrate a successful opening to their Euro 2008 campaign couresy of Sverkos's winner




see also
Switzerland v Czech Republic
08 May 08 |  Euro 2008


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