It looked like it for one half, but after halftime it was painfully obvious that Denmark would not be the team to send the Czech Republic home from Euro 2004. After Denmark had been better in the first half (0-0), the Czechs struck mercilessly in the second period:: 3-0. Therefore the Czech Republic face Greece in the semi-final on Thursday. Tomás Galásek played the entire match, Zdenek Grygera replaced the injured Jiránek in the first half.
Czech coach Brückner had a fit squad, but after little over an hour the coach, who has made many good substitutions this tournament, had to take of injured Jiránek and brought on Ajax defender Zdenek Grygera. The Danes were better in the first half, but did not express that in goals.
Soon after halftime the Czech Republic scored. Laursen missed the ball at a corner kick and tall striker Jan Kolller headed it behind goalkeeper Sörensen.
Milan Baros went on to take the title ´man of the match´ after that by scoring twice. He has scored in all four matches so far and is the tournament´s top goal scorer with five.
Porto: Czech Republic - Denmark 3-0 (0-0). 49. Koller 1-0, 63. Baros 2-0, 65. Baros 3-0. Referee: Ivanov (Rus). Att.: 25.000. Yellow card: Jankulovski, Ujfalusi, Nedved (Czech Rep.), Poulsen, Bögelund, Gravesen (Denmark).
Czech Republic: Cech; Jiranek (39. Grygera), Bolf (65. Rozenahl), Ujfalusi and Jankulovski; Poborsky, Galásek, Rosicky and Nedved; Baros (70. Heinz) and Koller.
Denmark: Sörensen; Helveg, Laursen, Henriksen and Bögelund; Gravesen, Poulsen and Claus Jensen (71. Madsen); Gronkjaer (78. Rommedahl), Tomasson and Jörgensen (85. Lövenkrands).