In Sports News this Monday: Czechs flounder at ice hockey Worlds with first ever loss to Denmark – Jágr calls for more teamwork; Sparta take the Czech cup after an 8:7 win over Plzeň in penalty shootout; Czechs preparing to face Finland in friendly; and Rosický wins FA Cup, his first trophy at Arsenal.
Czechs suffer historic defeat to Denmark at ice hockey Worlds
The Czechs had been leading 3:1 with just 20 seconds remaining but conceded twice before being beaten on penalties. It was the first time they had ever lost to the Danes at a World Championship.
Afterwards a disappointed Jaromír Jágr said the team had to improve in all areas – and start performing as a unit.
“It was a slap in the face but a necessary one. If that doesn’t wake us up then nothing well. During the game we didn’t help one another out or double up. You can’t play hockey one on one. We need to improve – and it doesn’t matter if it’s in attack or defence – and double up on our opponents. But that would involve skating a bit more. One player plays and four others just watch him – you can’t play that way at any level.”
Narrow win over Norway keeps alive chances of avoiding Russians
Hockey federation apologies for decisions that cost Czechs goals
Meanwhile, an IIHF official has apologised to the Czech Republic for two goals allowed against them that should not have stood. One helped the Danes take that game to 3:3 and overtime; the other was a 3:4 defeat to Sweden.
Sparta take Czech cup after epic penalty shootout against Plzeň
However, in the 94th minute Sparta equalised through a spot kick, forcing the game to penalties. And it was an unusually tight and long shootout, with Sparta eventually winning 8:7.
The last of their penalties was converted by defender Pavel Kadeřábek – after nine of his teammates had stepped up.
“I knew that I was the last man and that all the other outfield players had taken one. Tomáš Vaclík asked if I would take it, or whether he should go before me. But I said it’d be a real disgrace if I let the goalie go before me. The first five takers were clear, and then we agreed one by one. I wasn’t in a hurry to take one and I thought it’d be settled before I had to go. But then it fell to me.”