Somebody Will Be Disappointed Tonight
Updated Tuesday, 6th September 2011
Both teams could be out of EURO2012 by end of the game tonight.
Cesnauskis was in philosophical mood when much of the focus at the press conference was on the issue of diving. Scotland manager Craig Levein had earlier called for Jan Rezek to be suspended after the Czech Republic winger went down under a challenge from Danny Wilson on Saturday to earn the visitors a last-minute penalty which Michal Kadlec converted to secure a 2-2 draw. Television replays suggested Rezek had dived and Levein's anger was exacerbated when Dutch referee Kevin Blom booked Christophe Berra in injury-time for simulation in the opposite penalty area when he went down after going past Roman Hubnik.
Four years ago, Lithuania and then Hearts midfielder Saulius Mikoliunas was handed a two-game suspension for diving to win his side a penalty during a 3-1 win for Scotland in the previous European Championship qualifying campaign. Cesnauskis, though, insists it is all part and parcel of modern-day football. He said: "Everybody talks about diving, diving. I know it is hard for the Scottish team because of the two penalties but some players try to dive in the box to get penalties for their team, that is normal, that is part of the game. It is down to the referee to make the decision."