In Sports News this Monday: Czechs target playoffs spot after drawing Germany in 2018 World Cup qualifiers; winning start for Plzeň as league begins; König helps Froome to Tour de France victory; and Hejnová wins in London as Špotáková misses top spot by one centimetre.
Czechs targeting playoffs spot after drawing Germany in World Cup qualifiers
Czech manager Pavel Vrba says the Germans are clear favourites to top the group – and his team will likely be battling with Norway and Northern Ireland for second spot.
“The group is of course difficult but we will definitely fight for second place and a place in the playoffs. And perhaps we will cause a few surprises in some games… But still the group isn’t that bad – I had a much worse feeling after the draw for Euro 2016. We’ll see how it goes, but I hope we come at least second.”
Title holders Viktoria Plzeň begin defence with win
Plzeň and Sparta fly out for Champions League qualifiers
Meanwhile, the Plzeň and Sparta squads spent Sunday night in the same hotel by Prague Airport. Plzeň have flown to Israel to face Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Champions League third qualifying round, while Sparta are now in Moscow for an analogous clash with CSKA. The return legs are on Wednesday next week.
König, seventh in 2014, helps Froome to Tour de France victory as part of Team Sky
Hejnová tops podium in Diamond League again…
… while Špotáková misses first place by one centimetre
Hejnová’s compatriot Barbora Špotáková was less fortunate in the British capital. The world record holder achieved her best throw of the season in the javelin with 65:00 metres… only to see the Latvian Madara Palameika beat her by one centimetre.