Germany clinches a last minute victory over the Czech Republic in a key FIFA qualifier; Kolocová and Kvapilová triumph in beach volleyball tournament; Czech women’s tennis stars battle on to the quarter-finals at the US Open; Haydn Porteous is victorious in Czech Masters golf tournament and Jaroslav Jartim defeated in inaugural martial arts contest
In football, the Czech Republic’s dreams for qualifying for next year’s
World Cup in Russia have been shattered after a 1:2 defeat by Germany in
Prague on Friday night. The Czechs now sit seven points behind Northern
Ireland, the second placed team in their qualifying group, with World Cup
holders Germany on the top spot.
Germany’s opening goal through Timo Werner was cancelled out by a 78th minute equaliser from Hertha Berlin’s Vladimir Darida, but a late winner from Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels re-established the lead with only two minutes to go.
Italian football club Roma and Sampdoria have reached a deal over Czech
striker Patrik Schick, the Czech News Agency reported Monday citing the
Italian news agency ANSA. The 21-year-old player, who was long sought by
Juventus before a minor heart issue during the summer, since resolved, will
first be loaned for six million euros with an obligation to buy by the end
of the season for an additional 30 million euros plus bonuses.
Schick will be Roma’s most expensive acquisition in the club’s history, ČTK reported, and the second-most expensive Czech player in the history of the game after Pavel Nedvěd, who was bought by Juventus from Lazio for roughly 41 million euros in 2001 (approximately 50 million adjusted).
Slavia Prague have failed to reach the group stage of the lucrative
Champions League after a 0:0 home draw with the Greek club APOEL on
Wednesday night. The Czech league champions had lost the first, away leg
0:2 the previous week.
Slavia will now go through to the continent’s second-tier club competition, the Europa League. A draw for its group stage takes place on Friday.
In football, Slavia Prague have dented their chances of taking part in the group stage of the Champions League following a 0:2 defeat against APOEL Nicosia in the first leg match on Tuesday night. The Czech league champions conceded two goals in the first 10 minutes and struggled to get back in the game. A brighter performance in the second half saw Slavia hit the post. The return leg takes place next Wednesday with Slavia needing a three goal lead to go through.
French midfielder Jonathan Biabiany has joined football club Sparta Prague on season-long loan for one year from Italian club Inter Milan with Czech club holding an option to make the move permanent. The winger, who re-joined Inter for a third spell at San Siro as a free agent two years ago, completed his move to the Czech Republic on Monday. Biabiany made 20 Serie A appearances in his first season back at Inter, but only got one top-flight outing last season. The 29-year-old has also had three spells at Parma, as well as representing Modena and Sampdoria.