Kosovo beat the Czech Republic to go above England at the top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group A and boost their hopes of reaching a first tournament.

The Balkan country only gained Uefa and Fifa recognition three years ago.

RB Leipzig’s Patrik Schick gave the Czechs an early lead with a tidy first-time finish from 16 yards.

But Vedat Muriqi levelled with an instinctive effort and Mergim Vojvoda turned home Valon Berisha’s quickly taken corner for a famous winner.

England will go back to the top of Group A if they beat Bulgaria at 17:00 BST, but the top two qualify automatically and Kosovo are now two points above the Czech Republic.

Even if Kosovo, who declared independence from Serbia in 2008, fall short, they are guaranteed a Euro 2020 play-off place through last year’s Nations League.

Their next game is against England at St Mary’s on Tuesday (19:45 BST).

Line-ups

Kosovo

  • 12Muric
  • 15Vojvoda
  • 13Rrahmani
  • 3Aliti
  • 2Hadergjonaj
  • 4Voca
  • 8HalimiSubstituted forRashkajat 87′minutes
  • 22ZhegrovaSubstituted forMuslijaat 56′minutes
  • 9Celina
  • 11RashaniSubstituted forBerishaat 51′minutes
  • 18MuriqiBooked at 15mins

Substitutes

  • 1Ujkani
  • 5Dresevic
  • 6Rashkaj
  • 7Hasani
  • 10Muslija
  • 14Berisha
  • 16Bekaj
  • 19Paqarada
  • 20Kryeziu
  • 21Nuhiu
  • 23Berisha

Czech Rep

  • 1Vaclik
  • 2Kaderábek
  • 3CelustkaBooked at 18mins
  • 17Suchy
  • 18Boril
  • 8Darida
  • 15Soucek
  • 12MasopustBooked at 77minsSubstituted forDolezalat 80′minutes
  • 21KralSubstituted forHusbauerat 72′minutes
  • 14Jankto
  • 19SchickSubstituted forKrmencikat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Brabec
  • 5Coufal
  • 6Simic
  • 7Krejci
  • 9Kalvach
  • 10Husbauer
  • 11Krmencik
  • 13Kopic
  • 16Koubek
  • 20Dolezal
  • 22Novák
  • 23Pavlenka
Referee:
Danny Makkelie

Match Stats

Home TeamKosovoAway TeamCzech Rep
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Kosovo 2, Czech Republic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kosovo 2, Czech Republic 1.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Pavel Kaderábek.

Foul by Martin Dolezal (Czech Republic).

Fidan Aliti (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jakub Jankto (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Ondrej Celustka (Czech Republic).

Vedat Muriqi (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ondrej Celustka (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Ondrej Celustka.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Marek Suchy.

Attempt blocked. Valon Berisha (Kosovo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bersant Celina.

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Anel Rashkaj replaces Besar Halimi.

Attempt missed. Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jan Boril with a cross.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Fidan Aliti.

Attempt blocked. Martin Dolezal (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michal Krmencik.

Attempt blocked. Michal Krmencik (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Martin Dolezal replaces Lukas Masopust.

Attempt saved. Fidan Aliti (Kosovo) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Valon Berisha with a cross.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Jan Boril.

Booking

Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic).

Valon Berisha (Kosovo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic).

Fidan Aliti (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic).

Florent Muslija (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Florent Hadergjonaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Josef Husbauer replaces Alex Kral.

Foul by Michal Krmencik (Czech Republic).

Amir Rrahmani (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Vedat Muriqi (Kosovo) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Kosovo 2, Czech Republic 1. Mergim Vojvoda (Kosovo) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Valon Berisha following a corner.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Jan Boril.

Hand ball by Florent Hadergjonaj (Kosovo).

Foul by Jan Boril (Czech Republic).

Vedat Muriqi (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Michal Krmencik (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fidan Aliti (Kosovo).