during their World Cup Group B qualifying soccer match at Struncovy Sady stadium in Plzen, Czech Republic, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Prague - Two second-half goals and a late penalty save from Petr Cech allowed Czech Republic to beat bottom of the table Malta 3-1 on Friday to record the first win of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The home team took the lead with a powerful Theodor Gebre Selassie header in the 34th minute but Malta struck back four minutes later when Roderick Briffa capitalised on a defensive lapse to loft the ball into the net.

The Czechs started the second half with more urgency and were rewarded in the 52nd minute, Tomas Pekhart directing in a Petr Jiracek cross to claim his first international goal.

Jan Rezek made it 3-1 in the 67th minute when he swept a cross from Jaroslav Plasil past keeper Andrew Hogg.

Chelsea keeper Cech then saved a penalty from Mifsud from the last kick of the match.

The Czechs now have four points from two games in Group B while Malta have lost all three matches. – Reuters