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Czechs storm into semifinals

PORTO, Portugal -- Milan Baros scored twice in two minutes, helping the Czech Republic beat Denmark, 3-0, yesterday and advance to the semifinals of the European Championship.

The Czech Republic (4-0-0), the only team with a perfect record, is attempting to make its second final in the last three Euro tournaments. It joined Greece, Portugal, and the Netherlands in the semis.

Jan Koller opened the scoring early in the second half before Baros stole the show, setting his country up for a semifinal against surprising Greece.

The Liverpool player became the top scorer of the competition with five goals, and ran the Danish defense ragged in the most one-sided quarterfinal of Euro 2004. He received a standing ovation as he left the field in the 70th minute.

"Before the championship I said I'd love to score four. I'm glad I've gone one better," Baros said.

The Czechs, who lost the championship to Germany in 1996 on a golden goal from Oliver Bierhoff, now have the best offense in the tournament with 10 goals in four matches and will be the heavy favorites against the Greeks.

Before Baros finished off the Danes, Koller started the scoring. In the 49th minute, Juventus star Pavel Nedved forced a corner kick. Karel Poborsky took it and Koller headed the ball into the top left corner. Baros scored in the 63d and 65th minutes for the final margin. He has 21 goals in 29 international matches and eight in his last six.

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