Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Greeks Unlikely to Offer Czechs Gifts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Greeks Unlikely to Offer Czechs Gifts

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The Czech Republic will be looking to maintain their record of being the only team in Euro 2004 to win all their games without the need for extra-time or penalties against Greece in Porto tomorrow.

Totesport put them down as 3-1 to achieve the feat and reach the final of the competition for the second time in eight years.

And the firm reckon they are likely to achieve what France, Portugal and Spain all failed to do by beating Otto Rehhagel's stubborn team, quoting them at just 8-13 to go through to Sunday's final after 90 minutes.

It is hardly surprising that the Czechs are odds-on, with Milan Baros in such unstoppable goalscoring form.

The Liverpool striker, who was as big as 66-1 with some bookmakers before the tournament to be top overall scorer, was 1-3 with Totesport for the mantle before Holland take on Portugal tonight.

His two goals in the Czechs' 3-0 defeat of Denmark on Sunday took his competition tally to five goals, one more than Ruud van Nistelrooy and England's Wayne Rooney. …

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