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SKALAK MAKES ALBION EURO HISTORY

17 June 2016

Albion's winger took part in an eventful game tonight.


Jiri Skalak became the first Brighton & Hove Albion player to represent his country at the European Championships, after starting for the Czech Republic against Croatia at Euro 2016.
 
No Albion player has ever played at the Euros while being at the club and it was also Skalak’s personal debut in a major international tournament.
 
The forward played 67 minutes of his nation’s dramatic Group D fixture at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

Having been 2-0 down thanks to strikes from Croatia's Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic, the Czechs hit two goals in the last 15 minutes, with Milan Skoda heading home to give hope, before Tomas Necid slammed in a stoppage-time penalty to give Skalak's country an unlikely point.

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Unfortunately, the game was marred by some ugly scenes at the end, as fans threw flares onto the pitch and there were some disturbances in the crowd.

Skalak and the Czech Republic now face Turkey in their final group game on Tuesday, knowing they will need three points if they are to qualify for the knockout stages. 

Elsewhere, former Albion defender Aaron Hughes made history with Northern Ireland yesterday, as he helped his nation to an historic 2-0 win over Ukraine.

Hughes, who spent the 2014/15 season at the Seagulls, received his 101st cap for his country, as Northern Ireland claimed their first major tournament win in 34 years. Gareth McAuley's header and an injury-time strike from Niall McGinn gave Michael O'Neill's side a memorable victory.

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