THE QUARTER-FINALS – Denmark v Czech Republic

A second-minute free kick from Pavel Nedved apart, the first period of play consisted of a tactical midfield battle that rarely involved either keeper. There was no reason to expect any different in the second 45 minutes, but Czech coach Karel Bruckner must have made a cunning adjustment because it only took Jan Koller three minutes to head home a corner.Seven minutes later, Nedved almost doubled the advantage before Liverpool’s Milan Baros actually did, running onto a Poborsky through ball and chipping the Danish keeper. A further two minutes and the Czechs were three up, Baros again slicing through the defence. Denmark tried, but there was no way back. Baros is now the tournament’s top scorer on five and will have a chance of increasing his haul against Greece on Thursday.