Baros, Nistelrooy vie for golden boot

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Czech Republic's Milan Baros' two goals against Denmark takes him to top spot in the scorers chart at Euro 2004 with five goals.

Baros, Nistelrooy vie for golden boot

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Czech Republic's Milan Baros' two goals against Denmark takes him to top spot in the scorers chart at Euro 2004 with five goals in just four games. Holland's Ruud Van Nistelrooy is at a close second with four goals in as many games. Clearly the fight for the golden boot will come down to between these two players, since other players like Wayne Rooney of England with four goals and Frank Lampard with three are out of the tournament. Also Jan Koller and Marek Heinze of the Czech Republic, Greece's Angelos Charisteas and Portugal's Rui Costa might have an outside chance till the semi-finals. All have just two goals each to their names. Czech Maradona Baros himself admitted that his 2 goals against Denmark in the quarter-finals were beautiful. But more importantly they got his team into the semi-finals. And Baros himself is one short of Michel Platini's record of scoring in five consecutive European championship games. The Chezch striker had scored 12 goals for Liverpool in his first season after a 3.6 million pound transfer from Banik Ostrava. But last year was a huge disappointment after a broken ankle kept him out for five months. The 22 year old said the only thing that kept him going during that injury was the thought of playing in Euro 2004. But Baros knows that a very stout Greek defence stands in the way of his team's way. But then again if you're nicknamed Maradona, then nothing should be too much of a worry.

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