In Sports News this Monday: Czechs finish 15th in Sochi Olympics’ medal table; national football team face tough group in Euro 2016 qualification; Plzeň draws with Donetsk in first leg of their Europa League’s knockout tie; and NBA’s only Czech player debuts for Denver Nuggets.
Czechs finish 15th in Sochi Olympics’ medal table
Czechs draw Netherlands, Turkey for Euro qualification
“The Netherlands are the favourites and Turkey are unpredictable. But there is another strong opponent, Iceland, which put up a tough fight in the World Cup qualification and only narrowly missed the play-outs. The group is not an easy one but our goal is to advance to the Euro [finals].”
The Czechs, who failed to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil this year, will launch their Euro 2016 campaign in September when they host the Dutch. A month later, they are set to travel to Turkey.
Europa League: Plzeň draws with Donetsk, Liberec loses to Alkmaar
Czech league titleholders Viktoria Plzeň drew 1:1 with Shakhtar Donetsk at home on Thursday, in the first leg of their Europa League’s knock-out stage tie. Plzeň took the lead in the 62nd minute with a goal from Tecl but the Ukrainian side equalized just two minutes later. The game was Plzeň’s first under new manager Dušan Uhrin who remains hopeful for the second leg.
“We were leading 1:0 but Shakhtar created a number of opportunities to score. However, if had not made a mistake, it would have been better to maintain the advantage. But the tie is over two legs and the result remains open.”
Liberec, meanwhile, lost to Alkmaar of the Netherlands 1:0 at home. The second legs of the Europa League’s last-32 ties are scheduled for the coming Thursday.
Gambrinus liga kicks off after winter break
Basketball: Veselý makes debut for Denver Nuggets