The Czech Republic’s footballers drew 1:1 with Sweden on Tuesday night in their last friendly before the European Championship. The Czechs, with nine changes to the line-up that lost 1:0 to Scotland last week, went behind to a goal from Marcus Berg before Matěj Vyrda equalised for the visitors. The Czech Republic will be in a group with Spain, Turkey and Croatia at the Euros, which get underway in France in mid-June.
The Czech national soccer team are preparing for their final warm-up game before the European Championship in France. Pavel Vrba’s men are set to take on a Swedish team featuring world star Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Stockholm five days after a 1:0 home defeat to Scotland in another friendly. Tuesday night’s game is seen as a final chance for some players to prove they deserve to be in the squad for the Euros, which get underway in mid-June.
The Czech Under 21 soccer team have climbed to the top of their qualifying group for next year’s European Championship after beating Latvia 2:1 in Uherské Hradiště on Friday evening. Both goals came from Bohemians 1985 striker Patrick Schick. The Czechs are two points ahead of Belgium in the six-team Group 1 but the latter have a game in hand.
In football, Czech manager Pavel Vrba has called up three extra Sparta Prague players for upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Sweden. The call ups have come for Martin Frýdek, Lukáš Maraček, and Jakub Brabec. Mareček and Brabec have been selected for the full team for the first time. All three have impressed for Sparta in the Czech league and in the team’s triumphant Europa League run to the last eight of the competition. The Czech Republic plays Scotland on Thursday and five days later travel to Stockholm for the game against Sweden.
Football club Sparta Prague defeated crosstown rivals Slavia in their 285th derby on Sunday, coming back from a goal down to win 3:1. Škoda put the guests at Letná in front early in the first half. But Sparta came back in the final 45 minutes, getting goals from Lafata, Costa and Zahustel. Sparta remain six points behind league-leaders Plzeň but have a game in hand.
In football, Czech club Sparta Prague have been drawn against Spanish team Villarreal in the last eight of the Europa League. The first leg will be held in Spain on April 7 with the return in Prague a week later. Sparta qualified for the quarterfinals after a magnificent 3:0 away win against Lazio Rome on Thursday night. That translated into a 4:1 win on aggregate.
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