Czech Republic beat Saudi Arabia

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Czech Republic scored in each half to beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a World Cup warm-up for both teams on Friday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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Czech Republic scored in each half to beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a World Cup warm-up for both teams on Friday. Milan Baros scored his 27th goal in 47 games for the Czech Republic when he finished his solo run. This came after a low shot past goalkeeper Mohammad Khoja in the 15th minute. Marek Jankulovski converted a penalty kick in the 90th after David Jarolim was fouled in the area. Training support The Czechs, ahead of their first World Cup, were coming off an intensive training camp in nearby Seefeld. They dominated throughout the match, while Saudi Arabia relied on occasional counterattacks. In the 31st, Saud Kareeri wasted Saudi Arabia's best chance when he beat the defense and had only goalkeeper Petr Cech to beat - but the Chelsea No 1 blocked his low shot. Both teams were without key starters, but star Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved almost scored in the 49th when his 18-meter shot was pushed around the post by Khoja. Czech Republic striker Jan Koller, who injured his right leg on Thursday, sat out the game. Czech Republic captain Tomas Galasek and midfielder Vladimir Smicer also missed out due to injury. Saudi Arabia rested goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Deayea, the world's most capped international player with 181. Teams: Czech Republic: Petr Cech; Zdenek Grygera, David Rozehnal, Tomas Ujfalusi, Marek Jankulovski, Karel Poborsky (David Jarolim, 64), Tomas Rosicky (Jaroslav Plasil, 46), Jan Polak, Pavel Nedved, Vratislav Lokvenc (Jiri Stajner, 56), Milan Baros (Martin Jiranek, 89). Saudi Arabia: Mohammad Khoja; Ahmed Al-Dokhi, Reda Takur, Hamad Al-Montashri, Abdul Aziz Al-Khathran (Hussein Abdul Ghani, 87), Khaled Aziz (Malik Moud, 74), Saud Kareeri, Nawaf Al-Tamyat (Mohammad Al-Shalhoub, 62), Yasser Al-Qhatani (Sami Al-Jaber, 90), Mohammad Nur (Mohammed Ameen,79), Omar Al-Ghamdi. (AP)

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