After the first matches in Group E, most people would have thought that the Czechs, so vibrant against the USA would brush Ghana aside. Instead the Ghanaians dominated from start to finish. Asamoah Gyan’s 2nd minute strike appeared to fill the Black Stars with confidence and they started to produce some flowing football, with Petr Cech forced to make some big saves to keep the Czechs in it.
Things got worse for the Czechs in the second half Ujfalusi gave away a penalty for a foul on Amoah for which he was sent off. Asamoah Gyan’s effort hit the post and Czechs continued to have hope. However as they pressed for an equaliser they left massive holes at the back which the Ghanaians should have exploited. Instead, they came up against a wall called Petr Cech. Eventually they managed to get through, as Udinese’s Sulley Muntari smashed his shot into the roof of the net.
Without Jan Koller or Milan Baros, the Czechs are struggling. Lokvenc did nothing and it was obvious that star players Nedved and Rosicky had no confidence in him. The Czechs will now have to beat Italy in their last match to ensure qualification, something which looks unlikely in the absence of their first choice forward line.