Baroš braced for final charge

Karel Brückner's side, who reached the semi-finals of Euro 2004, go into the game in Prague with a 1-0 lead from the first encounter between the sides and Villa striker Baroš knows what is required, saying: "If we score a goal I believe we'll qualify". Vladimír Šmicer was on target in the first leg, but it was the performance of Pavel Nedvěd that caught the eye.

The 33-year-old Juve midfielder has come out of retirement to help his side seal a place in Germany, and will tonight take the captain's armband in place of the suspended Tomáš Galásek. Tomáš Rosický is also doubtful, and the Czech's potential midfield weaknesses has led to raised optimism in the Norway camp. "The tie is far from over," insisted Norway's goalkeeper Thomas Myhre. "If we can keep our heads and play the good football I know we can play then I think we have a chance."