Michal Kadlec’s late penalty kick gave the Czech Republic a 2-2 tie in Scotland in a qualifying match for the 2012 European soccer championship.
Kadlec’s score came seven minutes after Scotland took the lead on a goal from captain Darren Fletcher. Kenny Miller had earlier scored the host’s first, and Jaroslav Plasil had the first Czech goal.
The draw at Hampden Park in Glasgow strengthens the Czechs’ hold on second place in Group I. They have 10 points, five fewer and European and World Cup champion Spain and five more than third-place Scotland.
The winner in each of the nine groups, along with the second-place team with the most points, qualify for Euro 2012, with hosts Poland and Ukraine. The remaining eight second-place teams will play off for the final four spots.
Kadlec drilled his penalty past goalkeeper Allan McGregor after referee Kevin Blom ruled Danny Wilson tripped Jan Rezek in the area. Scotland had a penalty call turned down after Christophe Berra went down in the area, with Blom giving the defender a yellow card for diving.
Fletcher, playing his first game for Scotland this year after being sidelined by a virus, put his team in front when he took a pass from Miller and fired a shot past goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka.
Miller opened the scoring in the final minute of the first half, before Plasil tied the game for the Czechs with 12 minutes remaining.
The next round of qualifying matches will be played on Sept. 6.
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