Finalists face Aussie examination
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The second match in the strong and seemingly well-matched Group E witnesses the 2007 finalists return to FIFA U-20 World Cup action against Jan Versleijen's Australia.

The game
Czech Republic-Australia, Port Said, Sunday 27 September 2009, 18:45 (local time)

The stakes
It is now two years and three months since Czech hearts were broken by Argentina at the climax of a magnificent campaign for the European outsiders. Going one better in Egypt is the ultimate ambition of a side coached by Jakub Dovalil, who has stepped up from the role of assistant he held at Canada 2007. However, before they can entertain dreams of glory, the Czechs will need to survive one of the tournament's toughest sections.

While the champions of CONMEBOL and CONCACAF lie ominously in wait, their first obstacle is an Australian side with high hopes of their own. The Young Socceroos' rise has mirrored that of their senior counterparts and, in another parallel, their return to the world stage has been masterminded by a tactically astute Dutchman. Strength, determination and discipline have become the key characteristics of a team that, under Versleijen, have suggested that they are a match for anyone.

The stat
- Australia have competed at 12 editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and, worryingly for the Czechs, have never lost their opening match. Their reputation as fast starters is more than justified by an impressive record that shows seven wins and five draws.

The words
"We must concentrate on the first game, everything could depend on that... If we can beat Australia then we'll stand a good chance of getting through. The Australians are a tough team but they're beatable," Jakub Dovalil, Czech Republic coach.

"Czech Republic have a strong squad. We expect some fireworks in this group but our aim is to get to the next round. We'll probably need four points to go through and, having Czech Republic and Costa Rica, we should be looking for four points against those two teams," Jan Versleijen, Australia coach.