The Czech Republic have extended their unbeaten run to 20 games, with a draw in a friendly against Italy on Wednesday. The Czechs had to come from behind four minutes from full-time, though coach Brueckner says they could have won. With his 91st international appearance Karel Poborsky has set a new Czech caps record. Meanwhile, Pavel Nedved has - surprise, surprise - been named Czech Footballer of the Year. And the Ice Hockey World Championships will, after all, be shown live on Czech Television.
Draw against Italy increases Czech run to 20 games without a loss
"We could have been more inventive when we got near their goal. We should have been sharper and we should have finished several movements off. I think towards the end of the game we had a few chances and should have won. At the same time, I'm satisfied because it was a useful friendly and the result was decent."
Poborsky breaks Czech caps record with 91 games
Wednesday's game saw Karel Poborsky enter the record books as the most capped Czech player of all time; the Sparta Prague midfielder has appeared for his country 91 times. The record had previously been held by Zdenek Nehoda.
Nedved predictably named Czech Footballer of the Year
Czech TV to show Ice Hockey World Championships after all
There was good news for Czech ice hockey fans on Wednesday, when it was announced that Czech Television is after all going to broadcast games from the World Championships live; the tournament is being held in Prague and Ostrava in just over two months time, and there had been fears a dispute between the organisers and Czech TV would lead to viewers missing out.
Four against Kladno makes Zlin's Balastik leading scorer in Extraliga
Meanwhile, in the latest round of the Czech hockey Extraliga, Hame Zlin stole the headlines with four goals from Jaroslav Balastik in a 5:0 win over Kladno; the first, after only eight seconds, was the fastest goal of the season. Balastik is now the leading scorer in the Extraliga, with 29. Tuesday also saw a Prague derby between Slavia and Sparta; that game ended in a 1:1 draw.