Spain Match 8 Czech Republic 13 June 2016 15:00 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse

Spain 1 - 0 Czech Republic
13 Jun 2016 - 15:00Stadium Municipal, Toulouse

Defending champions Spain will hope their opening match goes according to form, with UEFA EURO 2016 Group D opponents Czech Republic yet to defeat La Roja since independence.

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Previous meetings
• Spain are unbeaten in four games against the Czech Republic since independence (W3 D1). They have won the sides’ last three meetings.

• Spain’s 12 encounters with Czechoslovakia ended W4 D1 L7 (W2 L3 in competitive games).

• Spain qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup at the Czechs’ expense. The only goal in their two qualifiers was a penalty converted by Fernando Hierro; Raúl González won the first of his 102 caps in Prague in October 1996.

• The teams also met in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. David Villa scored twice for Spain in a 2-1 win in Granada, with Juan Mata and Xabi Alonso on target in the Iberian nation’s 2-0 away victory.

• Jaroslav Plašil’s strike in that 2-1 loss is the Czech Republic’s lone post-independence goal against Spain.

Spain’s top five qualifying goals

EURO facts – Spain
• This is Spain’s sixth consecutive EURO. They are bidding to triumph for the third time in succession, having become the first side to win two in a row at UEFA EURO 2012.

• Spain and Germany/West Germany are the most successful EURO sides having won three editions each.

• Spain qualified with a W9 D0 L1 record. They come to the finals on an eight-game competitive winning streak, during which they have not conceded a goal.

Best of Czechs in qualifying

EURO facts – Czech Republic
• The Czech Republic have qualified for every final tournament since independence.

• They won the competition as part of Czechoslovakia in 1976 and reached the final in their first appearance as the Czech Republic in 1996, losing to Germany.

• The Czech Republic qualified with a record of W7 D1 L2.

• The only Czech side to have previously played a UEFA game in Toulouse is Sparta Praha, who beat the home side 3-2 in a 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage fixture. Current internationals Michal Kadlec and David Limberský were on the winning side in that game.

See how Spain won UEFA EURO 2012

Coach and player links
• The game is taking place the day after Spain midfielder Bruno Soriano’s 32nd birthday.

• Play together:
Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal (Spain) & Petr Čech and Tomás Rosický (Czech Republic) – Arsenal

• Have played together:
César Azpilicueta and Juanfran (Spain) & Jaroslav Plašil (Czech Republic) – Osasuna 2007–09

César Azpilicueta (Spain) and Petr Čech (Czech Republic) – Chelsea, 2012–15

César Azpilicueta and Juan Mata (Spain) & Tomáš Kalas (Czech Republic) – Chelsea, 2013–14

Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas (Spain) & Petr Čech (Czech Republic) – Chelsea, 2014–15

Juan Mata (Spain) and Petr Čech (Czech Republic) – Chelsea, 2011–14

Previous meetings


Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
07/10/11 QR (GS) Czech Republic – Spain 0-2

Prague Juan Mata 7, Xabi Alonso 23
25/03/11 QR (GS) Spain – Czech Republic 2-1

Granada Villa 69, 72 (P); Plašil 29

FIFA World Cup

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
08/06/97 QR (GS) Spain – Czech Republic 1-0

Valladolid Hierro 40
09/10/96 QR (GS) Czech Republic – Spain 0-0 Prague  

EURO ’92

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
13/11/91 PR (GS) Spain – Czechoslovakia 2-1

Seville Abelardo 10, Míchel 78 (P); Němeček 60
14/11/90 PR (GS) Czechoslovakia – Spain 3-2

Prague Danek 16, 67, Moravcik 77; Roberto 30, Muñoz 54

1968 UEFA European Championship

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
22/10/67 PR (GS) Spain – Czechoslovakia 2-1

Madrid Pirri 32, Gárate 61; Kuna 75
01/10/67 PR (GS) Czechoslovakia – Spain 1-0

Prague Horváth 47

FIFA World Cup

Date Stage Match Result Venue Goalscorers
31/05/62 GS-FT Czechoslovakia – Spain 1-0

Vina Del Mar Stibrányi 80