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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

French Remain Unchanged, Dutch Lose Stam




BRUGES, Belgium -- France seeks to book a place in the last eight of Euro 2000 on Friday in its second group game, against the Czech Republic.


Striker Christophe Dugarry, who was suspended for the Denmark game, is available again but will have to wait for a recall if coach Roger Lemerre opts to stick with a winning team.


Djorkaeff is the man most under threat, with Dugarry perhaps being asked to play an attacking midfield role.


The Czechs will again miss midfielder Patrik Berger, serving a two-match suspension imposed after he was sent off in the final qualifier.


Midfielder Radoslav Latal is also banned following his bizarre dismissal in the opening game against the Dutch. Radek Bejbl is likely to start.


After a fortuitous escape against the Czech Republic, the Dutch hope it will be their class not luck that separates them from Denmark on Friday in the other Group D match.


Jaap Stam is set to miss out, coach Frank Rijkaard said Thursday. Stam strained his groin in a work-out Tuesday and took no part in training Wednesday.


Sunday's poor performance may also bring other changes, with midfielder Ronald de Boer and left winger Marc Overmars, who both started on the bench, the likely beneficiaries.


Denmark coach Bo Johansson is unlikely to have injured sweeper Jens Hoegh at his disposal, but defender Thomas Helveg could play.