After coach Karel Brückner had taken off both Zdenek Grygera and Tomás Galásek, the Czech Rpeublic managed to change a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory against a tough Latvia.
The Czechs had to go deep to win the first group match. Minutes before halftime Baros lost the ball. Latvia played it cleverly and the ball came to Verpakovskis, who finished calmly with thanks to goalkeeper Cech: 0-1.
In the second half Grygera and Galásek had to make room for two extra strikers. After 75 minutes Baros made it 1-1. Five minutes before the end, Heinz gave the Czech Republic the three points: 2-1.