In Sports News this Monday: Czech World Cup hopes fade with draw against Norway – Jarolím accuses players of schoolboy mistakes; Schick reported close to Juve deal; Šafářová lifts women’s doubles title in Paris; and Plíšková remains world number three after missing out on Roland Garros final.
Czech chances of reaching World Cup recede with Norway draw
Speaking to Czech Radio, Sivok said it had been a proverbial game of two halves.
“In the first half we played, passed and held onto the ball well, and the Norwegians didn’t create any chances. But then after the break we messed up every second pass, which put us under tremendous pressure. The Norwegians attacked more and then it was hard to get something out of the game.”
For his part, manager Jarolím was unimpressed by his charges’ performance, which was further punished when group rivals Northern Ireland scored an injury time winner in their game against Azerbaijan.
“Whatever way you look at it, we made schoolboy mistakes. That just shouldn’t happen at the level of the national team. Of course, things have now become more complicated. We lost the lead and the Irish scored in time added on, unfortunately. It’s four points.”
Indeed, Northern Ireland currently have four more points than the Czech Republic with only four rounds to go. One of those games – in Prague in September – is against World Cup holders and group favourites Germany, so it looks like quite a hill to climb for the Czechs.
Schick reportedly close to signing with Juventus
In some good news for Czech soccer, striker Patrik Schick, who came on as a substitute against Norway, is reported to be close to joining Italian giants Juventus. The rangy 21-year-old scored 11 goals for Sampdoria last term in his first season in Italian football.
Šafářová lifts fifth women’s doubles Grand Slam title with Mattek-Sands
“Against Hingis-Chan, who are an excellent team, we played really top tennis against this team today. We were in really good form and we didn’t allow them many chances. When we’re both on our games, that’s how we play. It’s super.”