In Sport News this Monday: in football, the Czech national team beats Lithuania to earn a Euro 2012 playoff place while Sparta Prague suffer first league defeat of the season; in tennis, Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová takes her fifth WTA title while the Czech women’s team prepares for Fed Cup final; and in cyclocross, world champion finishes third in the World Cup opener.
The Czech national football squad secured an impressive 4:1 win over Lithuania on Tuesday, keeping alive the team’s chances of reaching the European Championship next year in Poland and Ukraine. Despite receiving bad news shortly before the match that midfielder Tomáš Rosický would not be able to play, the team displayed plenty of verve throughout the game and jumped to an early lead.
Czech football titleholders Viktoria Plzeň made their second appearance in the prestigious Champions League when they played Italian champions AC Milan on Wednesday. The Czechs put up a brave fight but a harsh penalty and an excellent performance by Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the hosts a 2:0 win, ending Plzeň’s hopes of upsetting the strong favourite.
Czech football champions Viktoria Plzeň played in their first-ever Champions League group stage match on Tuesday, facing off against Belarus’s BATE Borisov. Buoyed by a goal from Marek Bakoš late in the first half, the club showed plenty of spark, but the more experienced Belorussian team came back, leading to a 1:1 draw.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs mourn three hockey players killed in the Yaroslavl plane crash; in football, Vitkoria Plzeň prepare for their first Champions League game; tennis player Jiří Veselý loses in the US Open boys’ singles final; the Czech men’s volleyball team secures a spot in the European championships’ play-offs; and Czech canoeist Kateřina Hošková claims the gold medal at the slalom world championships.
The Czech Republic is mourning the loss of its three ice hockey stars in a plane crash that will be remembered as one of the worst sporting tragedies in history. Jan Marek, Karel Rachůnek and Josef Vašíček were among the 43 victims of Wednesday’s tragic plane crash in Russia which wiped out the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team.