AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
WARSAW: Czech captain Tomas Rosicky has failed to recover enough from an inflamed Achilles heel to take his place in the team for Thursday's Euro 2012 quarter-final against Portugal at the National Stadium here.
Even so, his replacement against Poland in the Czechs' final group match, Daniel Kolar, loses his place to 21-year-old Viktoria Plzen midfielder Vladimir Darida in the only change.
Darida only made his debut for Michal Bilek's side in a pre-tournament friendly against Israel but did enough in a 30-minute cameo to convince the coach to take him to Poland.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento had said on Wednesday he would not be changing his team's system and he opted against a change in personnel, naming the same XI that started against the Netherlands.
Czech Republic (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech (capt); Theodor Gebre Selassie, Tomas Sivok, Michal Kadlec, David Limbersky: Jaroslav Plasil, Tomas Hubschman; Petr Jiracek, Vladimir Darida, Vaclav Pilar; Milan Baros
Coach: Michal Bilek
Rui Patricio; Joao Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao; Miguel Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Raul Meireles; Nani, Helder Postiga, Cristiano Ronaldo (capt)
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)