Italy 2 Czech Republic 2
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
An attacking Italian line-up included three players adept at playing the support striker role all lining up alongside number nine Christian Vieri.
Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero and Andrea Pirlo have all been impressive this season and were all included in an attacking quartet that would be the envy of many major nations.
The risk looked to have paid dividends for coach Giovanni Trapattoni when Vieri grabbed an opener for the Azzurri just 14 minutes into the game.
But not for nothing did the Czechs top their group, ahead of 1988 champions Holland, and they forced their way back into the game.
It was Jiri Stajner who grabbed the equaliser, with the highly-rated Sparta Prague man delighting the travelling support with his goal.
Italy looked to have bagged a winner four minutes from time - with Empoli's Antonio Di Natale underlining his case for inclusion in the Euro 2004 squad with a late strike.
However, Czech Republic ensured that they have now gone 20 games unbeaten when Tomas Rosicky scored in the final minute of normal time.