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Czech Republic Wins the Opening Match of the 2008 European Football Championship
    2008-06-09 10:36:48     CRIENGLISH.com

Czech football fans cheered their country's victory against Switzerland in the opening match of the 2008 European Championship on Saturday.

Vaclav Sverkos scored his first goal for the Czech Republic in a 1-0 win over co-host Switzerland.

Sverkos, making only his fourth appearance for the national team, scored shortly after coming on as a substitute. His goal saved the Czech Republic from an otherwise poor performance that included long stretches of Swiss control.

Jarek is a Czech fan. He was not too thrilled with what he saw even though the Czech Republic won the match.

"I think this game is absolutely not correct because Switzerland has played 90 minutes on one goal, but the Czech Republic, normally, it was better, you know?"

Switzerland lost influential captain and record scorer Alexander Frei when he injured his right knee.

The 28-year-old striker was taken off the field in tears shortly before halftime. He later returned to the bench on crutches.

Although Switzerland lost, some Swiss fans appeared confident that their team's performance would get better.

"It was a good game for us, the Czechs are a difficult team, but in time the Swiss team will improve. I hope Switzerland will get to the second round, but even if it doesn't happen, we'll still have enough fun."

In the second match on the opening day of Euro 2008, Portugal defeated Turkey 2-0 to join the Czech Republic with three points in Group A. It was Portugal's sixth straight win against Turkey.




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