Czechs lose 1:0 to Wales in first World Cup qualifying defeat

The Czech Republic lost 1:0 to Wales in a qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Cardiff on Tuesday night, succumbing to a goal in the 81st minute. Both sides had a player sent off. After suffering their first defeat the Czechs are now second in their qualifying group, behind Belgium, with four points from three games.

Prior to the game the Czech side did not take the knee, a gesture many teams use to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Instead they adopted what they called a neutral apolitical stance, pointing to the UEFA Respect badges on their jerseys.

Author: Ian Willoughby