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USA 0-3 Czech Republic
Monday, 12 June 2006

Czech fans arrive at the AufSchalke Arena

Czech fans arrive in Gelsenkirchen hoping for a repeat of their side's 5-1 win over the USA at the 1990 World Cup in Italy

American fans catch some rays before the game

With their team now up to fifth in the world rankings, American fans now feel more comfortable about their chances

Jan Koller beats Kasey Keller in the fifth minute

Any optimism is dented in the fifth minute when Jan Koller's header from close range gives the Czechs a perfect start

Pavel Nedved leads another raid against the USA's defence

Pavel Nedved, playing in his first World Cup, looks lively and uses every opportunity to get forward

Tomas Rosicky beats Kasey Keller from 30 yards

Claudio Reyna hits a post for USA but their hopes are further dashed when Tomas Rosicky's scorching shot makes it 2-0

Jan Koller grimaces in pain before being substituted

After a great opening to their campaign, the Czechs lose Koller shortly before half-time with hamstring problems

John O'Brien sends Pavel Nedved flying early in the second half

Coach Bruce Arena brings on John O'Brien to add some steel to his midfield and he quickly introduces himself to Nedved

Marek Jankulovski breaks up an American attack

DaMarcus Beasley tries to conjure something for the Americans but Marek Jankulovski is swift to intervene

Claudio Reyna shows his frustration

Frustrations begin to surface as Reyna receives a booking for chopping down Jaroslav Plasil right under the referee's nose

Rosicky celebrates after scoring his second goal

The Czechs' win is secured in the 76th-minute when Rosicky nets again after being put through by the irrepressible Nedved

Disappointed USA fans watch their side slump to defeat

USA supporters now know qualifying from Group E will be hard, with their next opponents Italy posing another big challenge

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