Cech relieved after Greece blunder
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech made an uncharacteristic error for the Czech Republic against Greece
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech has expressed his relief after seeing his blunder go unpunished, as Michal Bilek's side picked up their first points in Euro 2012 following Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Greece in Group A.
The 30-year-old Chelsea stopper made an uncharacteristic error when he collided with defender Tomas Sivok, gifting Theofanis Gekas a goal and the Greeks a way back into the game.
However, the mistake didn't prove too costly, as the Czech's held on to their advantage obtained from early goals from Vaclav Pilar and Petr Jiracek.
"I must admit that I'm happy and felt relief that we have won," Cech told reporters after the game. "We had a fine start, the first 10 minutes were magnificent.
"After Greece's goal they pushed us but there were no chances only crosses and we played well defensively, handled the situation like we should.
"As for my mistake, I saw that Tomas tried to stick his leg to it so I was uncertain for a second and he was standing quite close. I wasn't making a complaint to him, it was just pure frustration at giving the ball away."
The win lifts the Czech Republic into second place in their group, and they know that a victory in their final game against Poland will ensure their progression to the knockout stages after the co-hosts drew their second consecutive match against Russia.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski scored the pick of the goals, as the co-hosts came from behind to finish 1-1 against Dick Advocaat's men.