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Ta'Qali National Stadium (ATT 3,000) 11th October 2013 - Kick off 18:30 Ref: M Jug

Malta Malta vs Czech Republic Czech Rep

Malta 1

M Mifsud (47)

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Czech Rep 4

R Muscat (og 3)
D Lafata (33)
V Kadlec (51)
T Pekhart (90)

World Cup qualifiers: Czech Republic beat Malta 4-1 in Group B

Last Updated: 11/10/13 9:50pm

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Tomas Pekhart: On target for Czech Republic

Tomas Pekhart: On target for Czech Republic

The Czech Republic will battle Bulgaria, Denmark and Armenia for one World Cup qualifying play-off place after beating Group B basement boys Malta 4-1.

Goals from Tomas Hubschman, David Lafata, Vaclev Kadlec and substitute Tomas Pekhart in Ta' Qali saw the Czechs reach 12 points, despite Michael Mifsud spoiling their clean sheet, ahead of Tuesday's crucial showdown with rivals Bulgaria.

The team from Sofia have 13 points but suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Armenia earlier on Friday that saw Vardan Minasyan's men enter a four-nation fight for second place, which will also feature Denmark.

Malta were on the back foot for most of the match, but were unlucky when conceding the opening goal.

Hubschman had been properly closed down before shooting from the edge of the box, yet a fateful deflection off Rowen Muscat unsighted goalkeeper Justin Haber and the ball span past him and into the net.

Sparta Prague striker Lafata was the next man to beat Haber as he headed Frantisek Rajtoral's cross home in the 33rd minute.

Malta, however, regrouped somewhat over the break and pulled a goal back two minutes after the restart.

Mifsud was making his 100th appearance for Malta and notched his 38th goal in red and white colours by showing great composure to beat Petr Cech.

It proved a false dawn for the hosts, though, as the Czech Republic wrested back their two-goal advantage through Kadlec four minutes later, the Eintracht Frankfurt man doing the damage from six yards out.

Malta were deflated and their heads dropped completely when, 20 seconds before the full-time whistle, Kadlec's replacement Pekhart stole onto Borek Dockal's cross to plunder a fourth and final goal.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4