Arsenal football goalkeeper Petr Čech criticised his teammates suggesting
that many of the players weren’t fully prepared against Southampton, with
who they trailed from the third minute on Sunday.
The Gunners’ Giroud equalised late for the team to salvage a point.
Čech told Match of the Day that Arsenal “deserved to get a point for the second half performance” Express.co.uk reported. The London club is fifth in the Premier League standings.
Slavia Prague’s run in football’s Europa League came to an abrupt end
on Thursday night when they were defeated by Kazakh club Astana in Prague.
Astana scored in the closing minutes of the first half following a mistake by Slavia’s defence and goalkeeper. Slavia has numerous chances to equalise but did not find the back of the net. The final score was 1:0.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň booked a place in the next stage of the Europa
League after beating Romanian club FCSB at home 2:0 on Thursday night.
The win secured the Czech club second place in the group. Slavia Prague also increased its chances of further European football with an away 2:0 win against Israeli club Maccabi.
Zlín already with a slim chance of progression out of the group stage, lost 1:0 to Tiraspol and cannot go through to the play-offs.
The Czech Republic’s football team has slipped down the FIFA rankings.
The top men’s team dropped two places to stand at 48th.
The team failed to qualify for the World Cup being hosted by Russia next year. The team won two friendlies during a mini-tournament in Qatar, beating Iceland as well the hosts.
The FIFA rankings are topped by Germany, Brazil, and Portugal.
The Czech soccer league leaders Viktoria Plzeň beat Slovácko 4:0 away on
Saturday evening. The result saw the West Bohemians take revenge after
Slovácko dumped them out of the domestic cup and equaled a club record of
16 wins in a row set two seasons ago. They also extended their Czech record
of wins from the start of this season to 14 in succession.
Despite the fact their nearest challengers also won, Plzeň are 13 points clear of the rest of the pack and a senior figure at current champions Slavia Prague recently congratulated them on “winning the league.”
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.