Jaroslav Plasil’s Czech Republic leave it late vs. Latvia in Euro 2016 qualifier

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Girondins de Bordeaux midfielder Jaroslav Plasil played 45 minutes as his Czech Republic side secured a late 1-1 draw with Latvia in European Championship qualifying.

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The Czechs remain atop Group A—six points clear of nearest rivals Netherlands—but will not be happy at the manner in which they lost their 100 percent record in the qualifiers.

Marian Pahars’s Latvia looked lethal on the counter attack and had few qualms with letting the home side come on to them before launching forward on the break.

It was through this method that they took the lead in the match, as Aleksejs Visnakov opened the scoring on 30 minutes.

During the second period, Pavel Vrba’s outfit attacked the Latvian goal relentlessly, but just as it looked like they would succumb to an unlikely defeat, Vaclav Pilar touched in a shot parried by visiting keeper Andris Vanins.

Plasil started the match, but only managed a half of action and was at fault for the Latvian opener. He was replaced by eventual goalscorer Pilar at the break.

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