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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005, 20:44 GMT
Norway 0-1 Czech Republic
Pavel Nedved (r) congratulates Vladimir Smicer after his goal
Pavel Nedved (r) congratulates Vladimir Smicer after his goal
Former Liverpool midfielder Vladimir Smicer was the Czech Republic's hero as they beat Norway 1-0 in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.

The match also marked Czech star Pavel Nedved's international comeback.

Smicer rounded off a sweeping move by heading home a Karel Poborsky cross for the only goal of the game.

Norway managed only a few long-range shots and rarely threatened, leaving the Czechs in a strong position ahead of Wednesday's second leg in Prague.

Norway: Myhre, Bergdolmo, Hagen, Hangeland, Riise, Solli (Braaten 46), Haestad, Grindheim (Stromstad 85), Pedersen, Carew, Iversen (Aarst 77).
Subs Not Used: Espen Johnsen, Hoiland, Lundekvam, Helstad.

Czech Republic: Cech, Grygera, Jankulovski, Rozehnal, Ujfalusi, Galasek, Nedved, Poborsky, Rosicky (Jarosik 86), Smicer (Heinz 77), Baros (Polak 60).
Subs Not Used: Kinsky, Jiranek, Kovac, Stajner.

Booked: Nedved, Smicer, Jankulovski.

Goals: Smicer 31.

Att: 24,264.

Ref: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).


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