Footballer Koller close to record after two goals in 3:0 win over Armenia
On Wednesday evening the Czech football team won their second World Cup qualifying game in a row, beating Armenia 3:0 in the country's capital Yerevan. Two of the Czechs' goals came from man-of-the-match Jan Koller, with the third scored by his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Tomas Rosicky.
The Czechs' stated intention was to get an early goal, and it was mission accomplished after the gigantic Jan Koller headed into the net from a Marek Heinz free after less than three minutes.
Armenia fought back gamely for a while - and had one shot hit the crossbar and a goal ruled offside - before a brilliant 25-metre strike from Tomas Rosicky on the half hour took the wind out of their sails.
In the second half Koller and Libor Sionko both came close with solo efforts, before the former killed the game for certain fifteen minutes from time. Here's what the man-of-the-match striker had to say after the game.
"In a game like that it's definitely important to score a goal, which we succeeded in doing in the third minute. That meant they had no choice but to try to go forward, which left room for us to catch them on the break. Then we got a second and around five times we made solo runs at their goal - we weren't under any pressure at all in the second half."
Getting back to the Czech Republic's World Cup qualifying campaign, after three games they are three points behind group leaders Romania, though they have a game in hand. Main rivals the Netherlands are two points behind Romania, also with a game in hand. The Czechs' last qualifier this year is away to Macedonia in the middle of next month.