In this Monday’s Sports News: Footballers need to take maximum from “key game” against Azerbaijan after 3:0 loss to Germany in World Cup qualifiers; and Charme Look ridden by multiple-winner Jan Faltejsek comes first in 126th Velká pardubická.
Czechs still on only one point after 3:0 loss to Germany in World Cup qualification
Midfielder Bořek Dočkal said he and his teammates had failed to execute their game plan: combine quickly and try to catch the Germans on the counterattack.
“We knew they might outplay us and keep possession. But we also knew they would lose the ball, and we thought that’s when our chances would come. But when they hold the ball for so long and then you finally do get possession, you may not have the energy to do execute a decent move. Also, the players who could have had chances and were available for a pass didn’t perhaps perform 100 percent.”
Azerbaijan clash was always going to be key, says Dočkal
“For us it would be a key game in any case. If we want to play for qualification to the World Cup, we have no alternative but to manage these home games. They will be no pushovers and it’s going to be an extremely tough game. How many points they have is irrelevant to us – we would need to win in any case if we want to qualify.”
Experienced Faltejsek rides Charme Look to debut win in Velká pardubická
“I wouldn’t put it like that. I’m lucky when it comes to horses. I was lucky with Orphee and with Charme Look. They asked me to ride her here just a month ago. Both Orphee and Charme Look are very strong horses who have no problem with jumps – and have an engine!”
The Velká pardubická, which was held this year for the 126th time, has 31 jumps over 6.9 kilometres. The notoriously difficult steeplechase is known for being chaotic, but this year’s edition was relatively calm. Also noteworthy was the fact that, for only the fourth time since 2002, no foreign jockeys or horses took part.