Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky, Petr Cech, Pavel Kaderabek, Roman Hubnik line up before the match
Former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky put in a solid performance as the Czech Republic kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign with a slender loss to Spain.
Gerard Pique’s header in the dying stages of the game was enough to give the Spaniard’s all three points in their Group D opener.
Spain's David Silva in action with Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky
Spain dominated for much of the clash as the Czechs held out defensively for much of the game and offered very little offensive threat, limiting the European champions to just a handful of chances at best.
Indeed, the score could have been much different had it not been for the efforts of Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech and his defence.
Rosicky was named as a starter in the game, subsequently becoming both the oldest and youngest player to feature for his country.
Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky in action with Spain's Sergio Busquets
He managed 87 minutes before being substituted off, meaning he had more minutes in this game than he had all season for Arsenal after yet another injury plagued year for the midfielder.
Gunners fans were naturally keen to see how their former midfielder got on and offered their thoughts about his display on Twitter.
If you love football you love Rosicky!!! Sad to see him being sad. He could still have a big part at Arsenal. Czechs deserverd a point imo.— Matic Hribernik (@ArsenalFC_fan) June 13, 2016
Gutted for Czech Republic.. a point would be enough for them. Happy to see Rosicky at his best again.— Stefanus Tulus (@stefanusth92) June 13, 2016
why can't we still play Rosicky he is class!— El Latin Gooner (@ElLatinGooner) June 13, 2016
I actually can't love Rosicky more than I do right now, absolute legend— [z] (@__Sudani__) June 13, 2016
Very unlucky for the Czech's nothing Cech could do there. And I feel so bad for Rosicky— Basit l باسط (@TheBasitHound) June 13, 2016
Rosicky— Fawaz Al Khalifah (@fawaz_alk99) June 13, 2016
Feel sorry for Cech, Rosicky!!— BGooner49 (@binh2401coyg) June 13, 2016