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Czechs beat Austria, enter U-20 World Cup final

Reuters
Jul 19, 2007 at 02:38pm IST

Edmonton: Czech Republic beat Austria 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the final of the Under-20 World Cup where they will face Argentina or Chile.

The Czechs took the lead in just the fourth minute when Lubos Kalouda whipped in a free-kick from the left which Austria keeper Michael Zaglmair failed to hold on to and Tomas Micola tapped home.

Eleven minutes later the Czechs doubled their lead when Ondrej Kudela burst down the right and slipped over a low cross which Martin Fenin converted from close range.

THE JOY: Czech Republic's players celebrate after defeating Austria in their semi-final match.

Markus Suttner went close twice for Austria but, weakened by injury and suspension, they struggled to create chances against a well-organised Czech defence.

Seven minutes from the end, though, Austria striker Rubin Okotie missed a glorious chance to re-open the game when left unmarked inside the area but headed wide.

Argentina and Chile face each other in the second semi-final in Toronto on Thursday with the final played on Sunday at the same venue.

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