In football, the Czech team beat Iceland 2:1 in its first appearance in a
mini tournament in Qatar.
The Czech goals were scored by Tomáš Souček in the first half with the second by substitute and fellow Slavia Pragu player Jan Sýkora before Iceland pulled one back.
The Czechs face Qatar on Saturday. Czech manager Karel Jarolím said former World Cup competitor Iceland was a quality team and said his team put in a good performance which could be built on.
The Czech Republic’s footballers will take part in the China Cup next
year, it was announced on Wednesday. They will face the hosts, Wales and
Uruguay in the four-team international competition, which will be held in
the last week of March in the city of Nanning.
The Czechs missed out on qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia and may use the China Cup as preparation for their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020, which will begin in September.
There were mixed results for Czech clubs in their Europa League
qualification group games on Thursday night.
Slavia Prague lost 0:2 at home to Spanish club Villarreal, their first defeat in the competition so far, but still slip to third place in the qualification group.
Viktoria Plzeň beat Italian club Lugano 4:1 and are now second in their Europa League group.
Zlín lost 0:3 to Copenhagen and with just two points in the group just a slim mathematical chance of going further in the competition.
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In football, Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzeň consolidated their lead
at the top with a 3:1 win over Karvina.
Plzeň went two goals up after slack defending before Karvina pulled one back and believed they had equalised in the 56th minute. The goal was controversially disallowed for an earlier foul.
Plzeň went on to score again. Plzeň now have a 14 point lead on second placed Slavia Prague, which have a game in hand.
In football, there’s been more misery for Sparta Prague. In the main Czech cup competition, the MOL Cup, they lost in the last 16 to Baník Ostrava. Sparta came back twice from behind to level the match at 2:2 but lost 2:4 after penalties. Sparta manager Andrea Stramaccioni had picked out the cup competition as a priority for the club and a means to qualify for the Champions League given their poor performance so far in the domestic league. Sparta are fifth in the league, trailing leaders Viktoria Plzeň by 15 points.