Spain broke the deadlock in the dying minutes of the game as Andres Iniesta delivered a beautiful cross from the left into the penalty area. Gerard Pique ran past the defense and the off-side trap and headed the ball home. Spain had made countless efforts in the penalty area prior to that and needed their much vaunted goalkeeper, David de Gea to deliver a timely save against Vladimir Darida to lead the defending champions’ pursuit for a third consecutive title alive. Also Check:EURO Cup 2016 scheduleAlso Read - International Travel Latest News: Indian Tourists Can Fly to These Countries Without Restrictions | Full List Here
Spain tried hard but couldn’t break the deadlock till the dying stages of the game. The Czech defense was staunch and it was not like they didn’t allow a sniff. There were times when you wondered that the defending champions could have done with someone like Diego Costa or Fernando Torres up front. However, the presence of Alvaro Morata and and Nolito proved to be more than a handful for the opposition defense. The Celta Vigo striker was making runs down the left channel and Morata took positions in the centre but the finishing was woeful. Also Check- EURO Cup 2016 Points Table Also Read - Spain, France, Italy Among The World's Safest Countries - Where Does India Stand?
It looked like it was going to be one of those days for the Spanish, where everything conspired to stop them from scoring. Petr Cech, during his Chelsea days, knows all about it and so do the Barcelona core, who have been used so seeing teams have men behind the ball and soak in all the pressure. It was in fact Czech Republic who started well in the first few minutes of the game with Gebre Selassie making a powerful run down the right and delivering a ball to Tomas Necid, but the shot went out for a corner. After that, it was all one-way traffic. Spain attacked relentlessly attacked and there were two attempts, one by David Silva at the near post. Petr Cech used all his experience to thwart the effort while Morata shot across the face of goal. Aduriz got a glorious chance after Sergio Ramos crossed from the right perfectly. Also Read - Spain End Italy's Unbeaten Run, Reach Nations League Final