In football, the Czech Republic was brushed aside 0:3 in a confident performance by Germany in their World Cup group qualification match in Hamburg on Saturday night. There were a brace of goals from Thomas Muller and one from Toni Kroos. The German team outclassed the Czechs, who lacked possession for large parts of the match, and often looked as though they could easily increase the margin. Czech manager Karel Jarolím’s squad, still to find the net in the campaign so far, face Azerbaijan at home on Tuesday.
The Czech Under-21 football team has booked its place for the European Championships being hosted by Poland next year. The Czechs beat Moldova 4:1 at home on Friday night. Their place in the finals was secured after Belgium lost 3:0 against Montenegro. That means that while other teams have games in hand the Czechs cannot be overtaken. Czech prospects had been dented after a defeat last month against Belgium.
In football, Czech and Sparta Prague midfielder Martin Frýdek has suffered a knee injury during training with the national squad which now threatens to leave him sidelined for the rest of the season. The injury was sustained Tuesday with the latest update and prospects on him playing delivered on Friday. The 24-year-old already underwent an operation on Wednesday. Frýdek’s injury increases the ranks of sidelined Sparta players which already includes Ondřej Zahustel, Josef Šural, Costa, Lukáš Vácha and Tomáš Rosický.
The Czech national football team face Germany at Hamburg in their second world cup group C qualifier on Saturday night. Czech trainer Karel Jarolím has urged his players before the match to tighten up their performance in defence against the potent German attack. But he has also warned them not to be too much in awe of their opponents and make the most of any attacking opportunities offered. The last Czech-German confrontation on German soil two years ago resulted in a surprise 3:0 win for the visitors. The Czechs drew their qualification group opener against Northern Ireland without finding the net. Germany are the reigning world champions.
Monday, October 3, marks the 90th anniversary of Europe’s first live coverage of a sporting event: a football match between Slavia Prague and Hungaria Budapest in 1926. Radiožurnál’s Josef Laufer, who went on to become a broadcasting legend, provided live commentary of the match, a stroke of luck for the reporter after the original candidate to call the match failed to show up. Radiožurnál edged the BBC by several months in its live broadcast of a sporting event, Czech Radio said.
Goalkeeper Petr Čech kept a clean sheet and fellow player Laurent Koscielny scored in the dying seconds for Arsenal against Burnley at the weekend in the Premiere League to clinch all three points. The match marked Arsene Wenger’s 20th anniversary as Arsenal coach. Although the Gunners dominated in possession, Burnley were not without chances: Johann Berg Gudmundson forced Čech into a full-length stop with a header; the match remained even until virtually the last play of the game.
Czech football club Sparta Prague stunned visitors Inter Milan in their Europa League group stage match at Letná on Thursday night, getting two goals from Václav Kadlec in the first half. Inter got a goal back in the final 19 minutes but Holek headed in a third goal after the Italian side’s Ranocchia was sent off. Sparta now have three points from two games in Group K, putting them in third spot.
Football club Sparta Prague face Inter Milan in their second Europa League group stage match on Thursday led by David Holoubek, the 36-year-old assistant trainer who has taken over in the interim on the bench after Zdeněk Sčasný was let go on Sunday following the club's 2:0 loss to cross-town rivals Slavia. Sparta has not won in four matches. In their Europa League group stage opener, Sparta lost 3-0 against Southampton. Thursday's match takes place in Prague.
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