In the 2000 European Cup, the complacent Czech Republic and the final champion France, one of the top four Holland, were in the same group. Two years later, in the world cup in South Korea and Japan, they lost to Belgium in the playoffs and missed the finals. The young coach, kovanech, was dismissed. His assistant coach, Bruckner, who was 64 years old but had no remarkable experience, took office.
Gods fault, in 2004, the Czech Republic once again entered the death group. In addition to Latvian, the other two opponents, one was the Netherlands, which gave them a blow in the last year, and the other was Germany, which mercilessly shattered their dreams in 1996.
Based on these background, the Czech Republics prospect of going to war is not optimistic, which partly conceals the fact that they are strong and strong. Under Bruckners command, there are not only veteran veterans such as Nedved, bobowski, smichel and Jan Kohler, but also the rising stars such as Rosicky, Cech and Baros. They learned from Bruckner in the youth team and were familiar with the old coachs tactical system.
In the first game against Latvian, Baros and Heinz scored two goals for Czech Republic in the second half, 2-1 without danger, while Holland made a peace with Germany.
In the second round, Germany was forced to draw by Latvian. As long as the Czech Republic defeated the Netherlands, it could lock the top spot in advance. Bruckner and his disciples began to prepare their own revenge plans.
Czech start is the usual 4-4-2, goalkeeper Cech, uyfalusi and gilanek partner in the center, left back Jankulovski, right back Grygera, galasech and Rosicky in the midfield, Nedved and boboski separated on two wings, Yang Kohler and barosh double ghost shot.
Just one minute after the game, Rosickys imaginative cross from the front of the forbidden area penetrated the Dutch defense line, but the shooting of Jan Kohler fired anti-aircraft guns.
Two minutes later, the excited Czech team made a mistake. Arjen Robben, 20 years old and with hair, made a high-quality free kick. The Czech teams back point leakage was clean, and the header from Bauma left Cech helpless.
The early change of the score makes the rhythm of the match irretrievable. The speed of attack and defense conversion is still rare from todays perspective. When the broadcast camera is still tracking Robben, Nedved has been killed near the Dutch restricted area, and in the blink of an eye, the Dutch team has attacked the front court. At this point, the game has just begun, and such a picture, throughout the next 90 minutes.
The first 19 minutes, Davis sent straight, Robben gra gra behind the space, sent out the second personal assists, van Nistelrooy easily break.
Seeing that grygrana and Robben had no way out, Bruckner had a bold idea to withdraw from Grignard and replace him with midfield smichel, and fight 3-5-2. Since I cant prevent it, I cant do it at all!
But before it was time to change players, the situation on the field changed again. Koku made a mistake in the backcourt pass. After breaking the ball, barosh went straight in and shook off Stam and Koku with a flexible pace, and handed the ball to the follow-up Yang Kohler, who was able to push the ball to van der Sar and the score became 1-2.
In this case, 90% of coaches may reconsider whether to change players, but Bruckner is the paranoid 10%. Kohler on one side had just celebrated the goal, while smichel on the other side came on the field immediately. It was only 25 minutes after the game.
In such a game in which both sides are addicted to drugs, the one who first moves conservative ideas will lose. Bruckner saw this clearly, but dworkat did not.
In the first 30 minutes after Bruckners adventure, Holland and Czechoslovakia were still in a passionate rhythm, attacking and defending each other: Davis received Robbens pass and the long-range shot was rejected by the goal post, Robben was connected again, van Nistelrooy was dissolved by Cech, bobowskis powerful shot after Nedveds pass was saved by van der Sar, and van Nistelrooys single blade opportunity was destroyed by Rosickys signature sliding shovel.
Until the 58th minute, Edwards Carter made the most famous loss in the history of the European Cup, breaking the balance of the game: replacing Robben, the most active player, and Boswell, a 34 year old veteran who is not good at attacking.
At the end of the match, Robben slapped Boswell viciously, his face full of unwillingness and his words in his mouth. This reaction has shown how difficult it is to understand this exchange. Edwards Carter hoped Boswells play could hold the lead of one goal, but the result was counterproductive, and the Dutch offensive rhythm was completely disrupted.
Robben couldnt help but make complaints about the game: I was disappointed when I was substituted, because I was in good condition at the time, but this is the arrangement of the coach. I can only accept it.
Cruyff fired at Edwards Carter without any formality: its a shame to replace Robben. At first I thought he was injured, but when I saw his expression, I found that it was not at all. He is like a running train, winning the respect of Czech players
After 10 minutes, the change to increase the attackers hand was effective. Nedved crosses from the left, Jan Kohler does the ball in the chest, behind Baros volleys the dead angle, the score becomes 2-2, the silver haired Bruckner raises his arms.
With the loss of Robbens attack, the weakness of the Dutch defence has been revealed. Nedved proved in a few minutes the ability of the new Mr. kojinqiu: he first made Heitingas second yellow card, forcing Holland to play 10 to 11, then took a free kick to frighten van der Sar in a cold sweat. Then, his violent long-range shot from 35 meters away hit the crossbar again (crossbar: I was scared at that time).
At this time, Holland was on the verge of collapse, and only one person came forward and stabbed the last knife.
The 88th minute, Rosicky midfield steals, Baros crosswise dribbles to attract the attention of the Dutch defense, Heinz long-range shot was rejected by the brave van der Sar. Bobowski timely inserted after selfless cross, smichel put the ball into the open goal, 3-2.
One year later, Istanbul, who also came on as a substitute, blew the call for Liverpools counterattack with a stunning long-range shot, which is probably the legendary halo.
The Spanish referee Gonzalez, who witnessed the miracle of Istanbul in the future, blew the whistle at the end of the game, and the Czech Republic did not let the victory slip away from his hands. But from a football point of view, there are no losers in the game.
Statistics show that in 90 minutes, the two teams have completed 40 shots (21 in the Netherlands and 19 in the Czech Republic), almost every two minutes. If van der Sar and Cech were not in charge of the goal, the score might be far more than 3-2.
Baros called the fight the best game Ive played in my life. Czech media blesk praised: this ball is far more wonderful than Robbie Williamss concert and Armanis fashion show.
The guardians post match commentary reads: attack, attack, keep attacking! This game is a paradise for pure footballers. For the Dutch players, its like falling into hell, but after the pain, they should realize what a great performance theyve played
The Czech Republic, which came out ahead of schedule, played Germany as a substitute in the last round of the group match, still won 2-1 (yes, all three group matches were reversed), with Baros and Heinz scoring one goal each. In the quarter finals, the Czech Republic will win Denmark 3-0 if he wins twice.
In the semi-final, facing Greece led by Otto emperor rehagel, Czech Republic exhausted his character and could not attack for a long time, but also paid the price of Nedveds injury. In stoppage time in the first half of extra time, DRAs headed the goal. Due to the existence of the silver ball system, Czech Republic did not even have the chance to kick off the ball again, and the game was over. The scene of Jan Koller crying with the goal post in his arms was heartbreaking.
This defeat has finally become the regret of a generation.
Since then, Czech football has entered a long period of low ebb, and Baros has disappeared. Rosicky has suffered from injuries and has no successor in the new generation. After the 2016 European Cup, Cech and Rosicky also bid farewell to the national team, and the golden generation ended.
Look, thats why I like football.
Source: Football Conference Author: Rosa, editor in charge: Feng Haotian_ NSJS2656