In Sports News: The Czech Republic’s football squad downs Montenegro to boost its chances of reaching Euro 2012; Plzeň, currently in fourth spot in the Gambrinus Liga down 2nd league Sokolov in the 3rd round of the Czech Cup; Federer defeats Berdych in Paris; Russia has defeated the Czech Republic’s hockey team to win Karjala Cup.
Czech player Martin Staszko achieved the greatest success of his poker career when he finished second in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on Wednesday where the 35-year-old Czech won over 5.4 million US dollars in prize money. Czech players now hope his accomplishment will popularize poker back home, and eventually relax recently tightened Czech legislation on the game.
In Sports News: In tennis, the Czechs win their first Fed Cup in 23 years; Football’s Slavia win third in row under new coach Frantíšek Straka; goalkeeper Petr Čech, who suffered a broken nose, may miss the upcoming Euro 2012playoff against Montenegro; hockey star Jaromír Jágr and the Philadelphia Flyers demolish Columbus.
It was always going to be a tough battle for Czech squad Viktoria Plzeň in Champions League action on Tuesday and despite the team’s best efforts, especially in the first 20 minutes, things went south pretty fast. Barcelona star Lionel Messi earned a hat-trick on the evening and 4:0 was the final result at Prague’s Eden Stadium.
In Sports News: Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová caps best season with WTA Championship triumph; in football, Liberec & Viktoria Plzeň notch up victories while league leader Sparta slip; in the NHL, Montreal Canadiens Plekanec helps sink Bruins in their home-and-home series, while in the Extraliga Budějovice down Slavia.
Sports News: In football, Jablonec, Liberec and Plzeň all secure wins to inch closer to league leaders Sparta Prague; Chelsea – with Petr Čech – lose 1:0 against QPR; hockey goalie Chábera earns a shut-out against Sparta, while in the NHL Vokoun notches up his sixth straight win with the Washington Capitals; and, Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová will face tough opponents in her group in the WTA Championships.
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.