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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vogts' Team Limping to Czech Final

LONDON -- German trainer Berti Vogts headed into Thursday counting the cost of his team's Euro 96 semifinal victory over England and wondering if he still has a team to play in Sunday's final with the Czech Republic.


Vogts lost at least two key players for the final -- midfielder Andreas M?ller and right back Stefan Reuter, who both picked up their second yellow card of the tournament, are suspended.


Defender Thomas Helmer and midfielder Steffen Freund were both substituted after taking knocks and will be fighting to regain fitness for the match against the Czechs.


They join an already long casualty list -- defender J--rgen Kohler, midfielder Mario Basler and striker Fredi Bobic have all gone home with serious injuries and captain J--rgen Klinsmann, who missed the England match with a torn calf muscle, is still highly doubtful.


If none of the walking wounded make it that would leave a squad of 14, three of them goalkeepers.


M?ller was the third player to captain his country at Euro 96 after first Kohler, then Klinsmann were lost to the team through the wave of injuries.


"But I'm not thinking about our injuries tonight," said Vogts after the England match. "Tonight we're going to celebrate. Tomorrow we'll start to prepare for the final."


Back home, thousands of revellers echoed the coaches' sentiments and gathered on the Kurf--rstendamm, west Berlin's main shopping area, some of them setting off fireworks in celebration.


In Cologne, car drivers hooted their horns and waved red, black and gold German flags from their windows.


Even Bonn, the normally sedate seat of government, was not left out of the festivities. Dozens of jubilant fans, draped in flags and waving scarves, gathered at the main railway station.


One local bar had even installed televisions in its toilets so customers would not have to miss a minute of the action.