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Published 11 October 2022 5 min read
England Women's Senior Team

England 0-0 Czech Republic - Women's International Match report

Written by:

Paul Eddison

International Match Friendlies 1
Tuesday 11 October, 08:00 PM American Express Stadium
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England held to a draw in Brighton, as Czechs hold firm to frustrate Sarina Wiegman's Lionesses
12 Oct 2022 6:36

Highlights: England 0-0 Czech Republic

Watch the best of the action as the Lionesses are held to a draw in Brighton


England had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Czech Republic as they were kept at bay by an inspired display from visiting keeper Olivie Lukasova at the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium.

On the day that Lucy Bronze celebrated her 100th England cap, the home side enjoyed the better of the chances, without being able to find a way past the Czech keeper.

As a result, the Czechs join Spain as the only team to have denied England a goal under Sarina Wiegman, four days on from England’s magnificent win over world champions, the USA.

The European champions looked as though they would continue as they had left off against the USA when Lauren James hit the post just three minutes into her full debut.

But while they were the more threatening side for the remainder of the first half, that was as close as they came against a well-organised Czech outfit, Lauren Hemp also finding the post on the hour.
England's Keira Walsh in the thick of the midfield battle against the Czechs
England's Keira Walsh in the thick of the midfield battle against the Czechs
James was one of three changes made by Wiegman from the team that had turned over the world champions, with Demi Stokes and Ella Toone the others to come in, with Rachel Daly, Beth Mead and Georgia Stanway dropping out.

The Czechs, who drew away to the USA earlier this year, looked very compact, particularly from set-piece as they frustrated England time and again.

It seemed so positive when James found some space in the box in the opening exchanges, skipping past one challenge and then firing with her left against the near post of Lukasova.

England were particularly threatening down the right, Bronze impressing on her landmark cap and regularly combining with Chloe Kelly.

When Bronze made a surging run through the middle, her pass out wide to Kelly was cleverly diverted to Toone, with Lukasova this time alert to the danger and getting out to close the angle on the Manchester United player.

The half ended with chances at both ends, Bronze crossing from the left and picking out Kelly, whose glancing header drifted just wide.
Alex Greenwood gets stuck in on her 70th appearance for the Lionesses
Alex Greenwood gets stuck in on her 70th appearance for the Lionesses
The fans in Brighton then had their hearts in their mouths when the Czechs pinched possession in the final third, with Andrea Staskova the beneficiary with a little bit of space in the box, only for Alex Greenwood to get back and block the shot in what was her 70th senior cap.

England finished the stronger though, with Greenwood almost scoring direct from a corner as Lukasova was just alert enough to keep the inswinger out.

Mead, who came on for Kelly at the break, almost had an immediate impact when she combined with Bronze to put the ball in for Hemp, who headed over while leaning backwards.

Not long after it was skipper Millie Bright who played Mead in behind but despite a good first touch, Lukasova got out to close the space and deny her.

On the hour, England had their best chance so far, Mead playing in Hemp who lifted the ball with the onrushing Lukasova getting a touch to push it onto the post. Fran Kirby looked certain to fire home the rebound but the ball just would not fall to her as the visitors survived.

Still England kept coming, Lukasova having to be alert as she kept out Mead, first, and then tipped Kirby’s long-range effort over the bar as the Czechs hung on for the draw.
England (4-2-3-1): 1 Mary Earps (GK), 2 Lucy Bronze, 3 Demi Stokes, 4 Keira Walsh, 5 Millie Bright (C), 6 Alex Greenwood, 7 Chloe Kelly, 8 Ella Toone, 9 Lauren Hemp, 10 Fran Kirby, 11 Lauren James.

Substitutes: 22 Beth Mead for Kelly 46’, 12 Esme Morgan for Bright 62’, 23 Ebony Salmon for Lauren James 62’, 20 Rachel Daly for Stokes 82’

Substitutes not used: 13 Ellie Roebuck (GK), 14 Katie Zelem, 15 Lotte Wubben-Moy, 16 Jessica Carter, 17 Nikita Parris, 19 Jess Park, 21 Sandy MacIver (GK).

Coach: Sarina Wiegman

Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): 1 Olivie Lukasova, 3 Eliska Sonntagova, 19 Simona Necidova, 4 Petra Bertholdova (C), 5 Gabriela Slajsova, 12 Kiara Cahynova, 18 Kamila Dubcova, 10 Katerina Svitkova, 11 Tereza Krejciríkova, 17 Tereza Szewieczkova, 9 Andrea Staskova

Substitutes: 6 Michaela Khyrova for Szewieczkova 45’, 2 Anna Dlaskova for Slajsova 75’, 7 Lucie Martínkova for Krejciríkova 75’, 21 Miroslava Mrazova for Staskova 75’

Substitutes not used: 8 Denisa Vesela, 13 Lucie Jelinkova, 14 Klara Cvrckova, 15 Antonie Slarova, 16 Tereza Fuchsova, 20 Michaela Dubcova, 22 Franny Cerna, 23 Michael Radova

Coach: Karel Rada