Live: Spain 0-0 Czech Republic

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Spain make their first change of the game. Morata makes way for Bilbao's Aritz Aduriz, who gets a big cheer as he sprints onto the field.


An hour gone in Toulouse and the Czechs are in the midst of their best spell since the opening few minutes. Having said that, they're still on the back foot.

Iniesta lets fire with a rare effort from distance, now, but Cech gets all of his weight behind the ball. The wait for our first goal of the day goes on - and time is ebbing away.

David Limbersky has gone into the book, by the way. The first card of the afternoon for either side, that.

David de Gea watches on
David de Gea watches on Getty Images


The Czechs offer the mildest hint of a threat, now. A cross is swung over from the right side and Roman Hubník meets it first time. But his effort is well held by De Gea in the Spain goal. A gentle reminder for the pre-match favourites.


There doesn't appear to be any sign of the Spaniards getting frustrated. I've been saying a goal feels inevitable since about ten minutes in - but it's still 0-0.

A goal does feel inevitable, though.

Cech saves from Ramos
Cech saves from Ramos Getty Images


The Czechs have a little period of possession, which is pretty remarkable in the context of this game. Pique and Ramos could have negotiated the opening 50 minutes with their eyes closed, to be honest.


Ah, Spain almost pinch the lead after less than a minute of the half. A Czech defender accidentally directs a cross towards his own goal. But Cech pushes it round the post.

From the resulting corner, the ball nearly falls to Sergio Ramos but, again, the Czechs manage to hack it clear.

Petr Cech has been kept busy
Petr Cech has been kept busy Getty Images


Right, the players are back out on the pitch and we're ready to do. Spain have 45 minutes to find a goal.


Half-time: Spain 0-0 Czech Republic

Plenty of huff and puff from the Spaniards, but they couldn't find the opening in the first half. It only feels like a matter of time, mind you.

Andres Iniesta was excellent in Toulouse
Andres Iniesta was excellent in Toulouse Getty Images


It's one-way traffic in Toulouse but the game still stands at 0-0. No idea how, to be honest. But the Czechs will be counting down the seconds until the interval, because they need to go back to the drawing board.

David de Gea was a virtual spectator
David de Gea was a virtual spectator Getty Images


Now, Jordi Alba has a powerful left-footed effort saved by Petr Cech and none of the Spaniards can latch onto the rebound. The Czechs are hanging on by their fingertips.


Iniesta takes an audacious effort from distance that has Petr Cech worried for a moment. The keeper was off his line and the Barcelona man went for glory, but couldn't quite put it under the bar.

Iniesta dominated the first half
Iniesta dominated the first half Getty Images


Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass... it's all Spain but there's still something missing in the final third.

The Czechs, though, must have a rethink at the break. At the moment, they're just chasing shadows. Remember, they didn't keep a clean sheet in any of their qualifying games, which makes the current scenario all the more bizarre.

Petr Cech in net for the Czechs
Petr Cech in net for the Czechs Getty Images


We've just gone past the half-hour mark in Toulouse and it's basically become a game of attack - Spain - versus defence - Czech Republic. A goal for the Spanish feels inevitable.


Another chance falls to Morata - they're racking up! This time, the in-demand striker's left-footed effort is pushed round the post by Cech. In truth, the angle was always against him.

But Spain are knocking on the door all the time.

Morata rues a missed chance
Morata rues a missed chance Getty Images


The Spanish spurn another decent opening. On this occasion, Iniesta sends over a pinpoint cross, but Juanfran - up from the back - can't control it first time and the Czechs can clear.

Vicente del Bosque barks instructions
Vicente del Bosque barks instructions Getty Images


The Czechs are doing well defensively, but they need to find a way to control the ball better when they get it. They are losing it all too easily at the moment.

David de Gea has barely had a touch, after a nervous start from the Spanish.

Morata wins the ball in the air
Morata wins the ball in the air Getty Images


To underline Spain's dominance: the favourites played 118 passes in the first 17 minutes; Czech Republic managed 44.

The Spanish are impressively patient and are probing away at the Czech backline. No joy so far, though.

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Spain are now well and truly on top, passing the ball from side-to-side with ease. It's beautiful to watch and they appear to be in total command, but they also lack a little bit of cutting-edge at the top end of the pitch, it must be said.

It feels like Iniesta and Cesc are wanting to pass the Czechs into submission.

Iniesta was central to Spain's best moves
Iniesta was central to Spain's best moves Getty Images


Out of nowhere, Spain create a glorious chance. Silva makes a smart run up the right channel and cuts it back to Morata, but the sought-after centre-forward hits his effort straight at Petr Cech. Spain should be 1-0 up.

Cech saves from Morata
Cech saves from Morata Getty Images


Spain have a freekick from the left side. Iniesta swerves it over from the left side, but Ramos can only head it wide. Never really threatened the goal, that.

Busquets on the ball
Busquets on the ball Getty Images


The Czech's tactics are obvious: they are going to sit deep, look to soak up the pressure and then take their chances on the break. They are now forming a solid-looking defensive wall when Spanish have the ball, which is surprising given how leaky their defence was during qualifying.

Morata tackles the linesman
Morata tackles the linesman Getty Images


The most notable action so far: Morata loses his footing and completely takes out the linesman. The surface is wet in Toulouse and some of the players are struggling to stay on their feet.

Finally, though, Spain have settle into some kind of passing rhythm, with Cesc and Iniesta at the centre of everything.

Cesc on the ball for Spain
Cesc on the ball for Spain Getty Images


Still, Spain are looking a little disjointed. The Czechs have certainly been the better side so far, even if they have failed to trouble David de Gea.

Spain appear to be a little anxious for the moment.

David Silva wins his 100th cap today
David Silva wins his 100th cap today Getty Images


The Czechs have started the game brightly, winning back-to-back corner kicks. Nothing to show for their efforts, but there's a really positive intent about the underdogs.

Spain, for their part, have yet to string any passes together.

Spain pose for a pre-match picture
Spain pose for a pre-match picture Getty Images