In Sports News this Monday: with one round to go, Viktoria Plzeň clinch the Czech football title, Ústí nad Labem and Brno are relegated and Dukla Prague return among the elite; in tennis, Lucie Šafářová advances to French Open’s second round with more Czechs yet to face their first round opponents; and in cycling, Roman Kreuziger ranks in the top ten in Giro d’Italia.
The Czech hockey team continues streak at the World Championships with wins over Slovakia and Russia; Czech tennis player Kvitová breaks into the women’s top ten for the first time; League-leaders Plzeň defeat Mladá Boleslav to retain three point lead over Sparta; defending Premier League champions Petr Čech and Chelsea suffer defeat against Manchester United; Kenyan runners dominate Prague International Marathon.
The reigning ice hockey world champions the Czech Republic beat Finland 2-1 in their final preliminary match on Wednesday evening in Slovakia. Milan Michálek and Jaromír Jágr scored for the Czechs, while goalie Ondřej Pavelec only allowed a goal in the dying seconds. The team has shown its strength, finished first in Group D without losing any points and needs only one more win to guarantee a spot in the first sudden death round, the quarterfinals.
The Czechs get off to a winning start at the Ice Hockey World Championship, defeating Latvia 4:2; Czech defenceman Radek Martínek is out for six weeks after suffering chilling injury; Plzeň draw against Brno, leaving window of opportunity for Sparta; Petr Čech and Chelsea have fighting chance in Premier League title race.
With just a few days before the start of the hockey world championships in Slovakia, the Czech national team has shown good form. The Czechs beat Finland and Russia at the Czech Hockey Games held in Brno over the weekend, and although they lost their last game to Sweden, the team’s promising performance raises hopes the team will be able to defend last year’s world title.
In Sports News: Hockey’s Vítkovice win a dramatic Game 4 to stay alive in the Extraliga hockey finals; in the NHL, goalie Vokoun blanks Washington; football’s Olomouc & Ústí continue downward slide; Petr Čech and Chelsea will have their work cut out for them in Champions League second-leg match against Manchester United.
In Sports News: Hockey club Třinec complete an electrifying comeback against Slavia to book a spot in the Extraliga finals; Czech goalie Vokoun confirms he will play for the national squad in the upcoming Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia; football league leaders Plzeň widen their lead over second-place Sparta; and racer Abraham suffers spill in second MotoGP race but still manages to come in seventh.
The Czech national football squad defeated Liechtenstein in their 2012 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday, a win that was seen as obligatory against the football minnows. Striker Milan Baroš and Michal Kadlec both scored to secure the team’s 2:0 win. Despite the success, the squad’s play, especially in the second half, was less than scintillating and many are critical the Czechs will have to improve significantly in September if they want to get to the final competition. Earlier I spoke to sports journalist Karel Haring and asked him for