Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner was in a philosophical mood following his team’s silver goal defeat to Greece in the Euro 2004 semi-finals.

“We are disappointed with the result but that’s all,” Bruckner said after the 1-0 defeat.

“I have told the boys that I am proud of every one of them.

“Our captain Pavel Nedved has told them in the dressing room that this is the best international team he has ever played with.”

Bruckner paid tribute to Greece, wishing them well in Sunday’s final against Portugal.

“I must congratulate our Greek opponents on their very clever tactical approach and hope it goes well for them in the final,” he said.

“We played comparatively well in the second half but they were more effective than us.”

“In three years as coach and 30 matches we have conceded a goal from a corner for the first time and in the very last seconds,” he said.

“It proves that the last minute is always a dangerous time.”