Football: Czechs face Russia at EURO 2012


The Czech Republic’s national football team plays Russia later on Friday in its first appearance at the EURO 2012 championships in Poland and Ukraine. Team managers said that striker Milan Baroš, who experienced a thigh muscle problem earlier in the week, is fit for the game. Likewise, squad captain and key playmaker Tomáš Rosický is also ready after returning to action on Monday following a three-week layoff. The Czechs are hoping for at least a draw in Friday’s match; bookmakers, however, are largely favouring Russia. The game starts at 8:45 PM CET.