Czech Republic scored two early goals within just six minutes into the game through Petr Jiracek and Vaclav Pilar to set up a 2-1 win over Greece in the second round of Group A at the European football championship.
Pertr Jiracek opened the account in the third minute, latching onto an incisive Thomas Hubschman pass to place his shot past Greek goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias.
Czech midfielder Vaclav Pilarnetted the second goal from Theodor Gebre Selassie’s cross three minutes later to double their lead.
Substitute Fanis Gekas pulled one back for Greece in 53rd minute with a tap in after goalkeeper Petr Cech spilled the ball and bumped into defender Tomas Sivok.
The Greeks dominated the second half and recovered well after their disastrous start but lost another player when Chalkias limped off the field in the 23rd minute. He was replaced by Michalis Sifakis.
Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky came off with a foot injury in the second half.
Two early Czech goals clinched a vital win on the stadium in Wroclaw, and left the 2004 champions needing to beat Russia to have any chance of progressing.