INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) - Striker Tomas Necid set up one goal before scoring a last-minute winner as Czech Republic came from behind to beat Russia 2-1 in a friendly Wednesday between two sides preparing for the European Championship.
The Bursaspor forward met a low cross from the left by Ladislav Krejci to beat Russia goalkeeper Guilherme Alvim Marinato from close range and hand victory to the Czechs.
Four minutes into the second half, Necid set up the equalizer when his header found captain Tomas Rosicky, who sent a volley past Guilherme at the near post.
Aleksandr Kokorin had given Russia an early lead after six minutes, scoring from the edge of the area for his 12th international goal.
“I’m glad that we managed to come back,” Czech coach Pavel Vrba said. “Our attacking was at a decent level at some stages of the game. But I can’t say everything was perfect.”
Rosicky, who stayed on for 85 minutes, looked full of energy after recovering from injuries and distributed clever passes to his teammates throughout the match.
Russia captain Igor Denisov tested Petr Cech with a long-range drive in the 87th that the Czech goalkeeper let slip through his hands, only for the ball to bounce back from the post.
Defender Roman Neustaedter, who previously played two friendlies for Germany, made his debut as a substitute, just two days after obtaining a Russian passport.
Russia plays Serbia on Sunday in its last warmup game before taking on England in Group B at Euro 2016 on June 11.
Czech Republic has a friendly against South Korea remaining on Sunday before opening the tournament against defending champion Spain on June 13 in Group D.
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