The Czech national soccer team lost 3:1 to Brazil in a friendly game in Prague on Tuesday night. The home side opened the scoring in the 37th minute thanks to David Pavelka’s first international strike. However, Brazil stepped up the tempo in the second half. Robert Firmino drew the visitors level not long after halftime and substitute Gabriel Jesus added a brace in the final 10 minutes.
Goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík was named Czech Footballer of the Year 2018 at a
ceremony in Prague on Monday evening. The 29-year-old has been a regular at
Spanish top flight side Sevilla since joining them last summer from
On Tuesday it was announced that injury had forced Vaclík, who has 23 international caps, to pull out of the Czech squad to face England on Friday and Brazil four days later.
Viktoria Plzeň’s hopes of retaining Czech soccer’s league title have
receded further. The reigning champions were beaten 2:1 by Teplice on
Friday evening, meaning they will be a full nine points behind league
leaders Slavia Prague if the latter can beat Příbram on Sunday. There are
five more rounds after this weekend.
Meanwhile, Slavia are looking forward to playing Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Europa League following Friday’s draw. They overcame five-time winners Sevilla on Thursday in a sensational seven-goal match in Prague.
In football, Slavia Prague has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Europa
League after knocking out five-time winner Sevilla in front of the home
crowd on Thursday night.
The Czechs came from behind in extra time to win the second leg 4-3 and progress into the quarter-finals with a 6-5 aggregate victory.
Slavia Prague reached this stage of the competition for the first time in 19 years. The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on Friday afternoon.
There has been no change at the top of Czech football’s First League,
with the top two teams both winning on Monday evening. Leaders Slavia
Prague maintained their three-point lead after beating Slovácko 4:0 while
Viktoria Plzeň overcame Opava 2:1.
There are eight rounds remaining until the end of the season. Plzeň are defending league champions and Slavia lifted the title two years ago.
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