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Baros nets four as Czechs enjoy 7-0 win over San Marino

Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 09:54

London: Milan Baros struck four times to help Czech Republic give their World Cup qualification hopes a lift with a 7-0 win over San Marino on Wednesday.

Baros, who netted a vital late equaliser against Slovakia on Saturday, picked up where he had left off, netting a first-half hat-trick and adding his fourth midway through the second half.

Vaclav Sverkos scored two and Tomas Necid got one to complete a victory that leaves the Czechs with 12 points from eight matches in Group Three and still with a chance of qualification.

Slovakia top the group with 16 points from seven heading into their match away to second-placed Northern Ireland, who have 14 points from eight games.

Poland and Slovenia are also in the running in a tight group, with only the winners qualifying for South Africa 2010 directly.

The eight best second-placed teams from the nine groups in Europe go into two-legged play-offs for the four remaining places.

San Marino finished Wednesday`s game with 10 men after Simone Bacciocchi was booked for the second time for holding up play with eight minutes to go.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 09:54
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