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Spain 1 – 0 Czech Republic, Euro 2016: As it happened

Spain beat Czech Republic 1-0 in their Euro 2016 opener on Monday. Relive the contest here.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 13, 2016 11:34:38 pm
Euro 2016: The arena erupted in cheers after Pique scored the late winner for Spain. (Source: Reuters)

Spain beat Czech Republic 1-0 in their Euro 2016 opener on Monday. Nothing separated the two sides after eventful 87 minutes and it was Pique’s late winner which sealed the deal for Spain. Petr Cech had a sensational game for the Czechs as he frustrated Spain, who relentlessly attacked throughout the game, with some solid defending.

As it happened

93 mins: No damage done in three extra minutes and Pique’s late winner seals the deal for Spain

87 mins: GOAL GOAL GOAL! Pique puts the Iniesta cross in. Czech Republic can’t believe it. Spain 1 – 0 Czech Republic

81 mins: Pedro coming on to replace Nolito. It remains 0-0. Less than 10 minutes remaining now

80 mins: Spain desperately push forward in search of first goal but the forwards are outnumbered by a strong Czech defence line

70 mins: Del Bosque makes another change. Off comes Fabregas for Thiago

66 mins: Czech so close! Fabregas with the last-moment clearance to prevent the header from going in

62 mins: Morata makes way for Aduriz. It’s still 0-0

57 mins: Hubnik stretched to put leg to a in-curling freekick but lack of power on the connection posed no problems for De Gea

56 mins: Cech continues to stand between Spain and the opening goal. The goalie’s playing a blinder today

51 mins: Alba with a dangerous low cross but no takers in the box. Spain continue to press forward in search of their first goal

47 mins: Plenty of activity in the box and Spain denied again, thanks to some quality defending led by Cech

46 mins: Both teams are out for the second half. Both managers have not made any changes

45 mins: Half-time! It’s 0-0. Full marks to Petr Cech there. Spain were on the attack throughout the half but the goalie did an incredible job

40 mins: Petr Cech has been sensational for Czech Republic. Has managed to keep Spain goalless when it could have been atleast two

33 mins: Fabregas gets an excellent ball but close defending by the Czechs blocks his cross, which could have been threatening

29 mins: Calls for hand-ball, referee wasn’t interested. Morata, on side, gets a good ball, fires the shoot but fails to get past the diving keeper who gets his hand to deflect it away from danger

25 mins: Spain continue to be dangerous with their set-pieces. It has been more of catch-up by the Czechs so far in their Euro 2016 opener

17 mins: Spain are dominating possession so far, and they earn a corner

16 mins: It remains 0-0 but Spain are building momentum. Creating some nice moves

16 mins: Brilliant long ball down the wing, perfect cross and Morata, waiting in the box, fails to beat the keeper on the slide

14 mins: Silva with a curling free kick but it’s was just too high for Ramos to control the header

11 mins: A sharp Czech block halts Spain’s movement outside the box. Much needed that. Spain were threatening

8 mins: Silva to Iniesta with a nice through ball.  Excellent combination to feed the ball the Morata but the striker was caught off-side

4 mins: Czech Republic take an early corner but no damage done. Teams continue to trade possession

# Czech Republic: Cech, Kaderabek, Sivok, Hubnik, Limbersky, Darida, Plasil, Gebre-Selassie, Krejci, Rosicky, Necid

# Spain: De Gea, Juanfran, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva, Nolito, Morat

# Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has kept faith with beleaguered David de Gea in goal for Monday’s Euro 2016 Group D clash with the Czech Republic

# Czech national anthem ‘Where is my homeland’ echoes in the packed stadium

# All eyes on Spain – the defending champions. Tricky test awaits them in the opener

# The atmosphere is electric. Plenty of support for both sides. We are some time away from kick-off

The build-up

Tricky test awaits Spain

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Holders Spain’s hopes of recreating the atmosphere that led to continental success four years ago has been tested ahead of their Euro 2016 opener with Czech Republic though the players remain confident.

Ten fans to face trial; 150 Russians escape arrest, says prosecutor

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Some 150 suspected Russian football hooligans escaped arrest for Euro 2016 fan violence, while another 10 supporters from Britain, France and Austria will face trial, the Marseille prosecutor said.

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