Steed heartbreak

Tuesday 28 May 2002

Fulham's Steed Malbranque suffered the heartbreak of a U21 Championship Final defeat on Tuesday evening after his side went down to the Czech Republic.

After a closely fought encounter Malbranque's France ended the match, and extra time at 0-0 before a penalty shoot-out saw the favourites defeated 3-1 in Basel.

Ironically, France had already previously beaten the Czech's earlier in the tournament but that meant nothing on the night - and despite Malbranque bringing two fine saves from Keeper' Peter Cech France and Steed ended the night on the losing side.