The Czech Republic’s national football team eked out a 2-1 win over
Azerbaijan on Thursday in World Cup qualifying.
Neither squad had any hope left of qualifying for the tournament in
Russia, with the two top spots in the group already sewn up by Germany and
Northern Ireland; but a third-place finish in the group would leave the
squad better positioned in the draw for Euro 2020.
On Thursday, the Czech Republic got goals from Kopic and Barák.
Czech top football league leaders, Viktoria Plzeň, turned around their
home match against Bohemians 1905 to win 2:1.
The ninth win in a row equals the start of the season winning run of Sparta Prague in 2011.
Plzeň’s win gives them a 10 point lead over second placed Olomouc, who were due to play later on Sunday.
In football, Sparta Prague drew in a goalless match against Dukla Prague.
It is the fourth time in a row that Sparta have failed to win away this season and further distances the club from the league leaders. Sparta’s Jan Holenda came closest to opening the score when he hit the post.
Sparta are in fourth position in the league with 15 points, nine adrift of leaders Viktoria Plzeň who play on Sunday.
The Czech national soccer team manager, Karel Jarolím, has called up only
one uncapped player, Olomouc’s Šimon Falta, for two World Cup qualifiers
against Azerbaijan and San Marino. The midfielder, who is 24, has scored
three goals and made one assist for his club this season.
The Czechs final World Cup qualifiers games, in Baku on October 5 and in San Marino three days later, will be of little consequence as Jarolím’s men are already out of the running for Russia 2018.
Prestigious French magazine L'Equipe has ranked 21-year-old Czech
striker Patrik Schick 20th in the world in its list of top 50 football
players up to age of 21.
The top spot went to Marco Asensio of Real Madrid.
Schick is on loan to Roma who will buy him by the end of one year from Sampdoria for an estimated 42 million euros. Last season, he scored 11 goals in the top flight.
Football club Viktoria Plzeň won their seventh match in a row on Monday,
defeating Zlín by a score of 2:1. The win set a new club record and leaves
them undefeated so far this season in the Czech top flight, six points
ahead of defending champions Slavia.
With the win, Plzeň also rebounded from their 3:0 loss against Bucharest club FCSB in the Europa League.
Slavia Prague beat Sparta Prague 2:0 in a derby game at the former’s Eden
stadium on Sunday evening. The result means Slavia, who are reigning
champions, have now equalled Sparta’s 33-match unbeaten league run, the
longest such sequence since the foundation of the Czech Republic.
Slavia’s goals came from Škoda and Hušbauer in the last 20 minutes. They had earlier seen a goal disallowed while Sparta had a man sent off in the dying minutes.