In football, the Czech Republic beat Serbia 4:1 in a friendly on Friday night. The Czech team struggled with possession in the first half at Ostrava but nonetheless opened the scoring with captain Tomáš Sivok finding the net. In the second half, the Czechs looked more comfortable and Tomáš Necid made it two from the penalty spot. Goals followed later from substitutes Ladislav Krejči and Ondřej Zahustel.
As he closes in on the record for caps for the Czech Republic, goalkeeper Petr Čech says he doesn't dare to predict how many international appearances he will eventually make. The 33-year-old is set to equal Karel Poborský’s record of 118 appearances for the national side in one of two friendlies against Serbia and Poland due to take place in the next week; he will sit out the other game under an agreement with coach Pavel Vrba. The Arsenal player made his international debut in 2002.
The Czech national football team has unveiled a new kit for Euro 2016. The home strip is meant to evoke Czechoslovak success in 1976 in Belgrade, where the Czechs won the European Championship final on penalties against West Germany. The away kit is reminiscent of 1996, when the Czech Republic came second in the European Championship, iDnes reported.
In football, it was a mixed night for Czech clubs in the Europa League on Thursday night. Sparta Prague drew 1:1 at home with German club Schalke 04. Viktoria Plzeň lost 1:2 against Racing Vienna and now face an almost possible task to go ahead from the group stage. Slovan Liberec beat Dutch club Groningen 1:0.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech conceded five goals in the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night. It was the first time the Czech goalkeeper has let in five goals since the Gunners’ 5-3 win over his former club Chelsea in 2011. Following the heavy defeat, Arsenal are currently on the verge of exiting the Champions League. They need at least two wins from the last two group games and hope that the other results go the right way.
Defender David Limberský has been nominated to play in the national team’s upcoming friendlies against Poland and Serbia. The player who was stripped of his captaincy over a drink-driving incident in September was suspended from the national representations in two previous games –against Turkey and the Netherlands - but it now seems that the punishment meted out by coach Pavel Vrba is over.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň have drawn level on points with Sparta Prague after beating the visitors 2:1 at home on Sunday. The goals came in the second half when Plzeň were down to 10 men after captain Václav Procházky was sent off late in the first half. Substitute Jan Beránek was on target in the 72nd minute for the first goal. Fellow sub Milan Petržela extended the lead eight minutes later. Sparta’s Lukáš Juliš clawed one back in the 90th minute. Sparta still top the Synot league on goal difference.
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