In Sports News this Monday: Plzeň to play Slovenia’s Maribor in Champions League’s final qualifier Liberec face Udinese while Jablonce play Real Betis to reach Europa League; and two Czech medal hopefuls qualify for their events’ finals at World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
Football: Plzeň to play Maribor in Champions League’s play-off
Plzeň have welcomed the result of the draw as they consider Maribor one of the easier possible opponents; also, Slovenia is not that far for their fans to be able to travel to the match. Plzeň captain and playmaker Pavel Horváth joked that if Plzeň’s luck did not run out, they might go right on to the final.
“I expect that our fans will show up in great numbers to support us. We are playing the first leg at home so we’ll see what position we’ll have before the second match. But I believe that if the draw is good and we draw weak opponents, we could win the Champions League.”
The first leg of the Champions League’s final qualifier will be played in Plzeň on August 20, the second eight days later in Slovenia.
Liberec drawn against Udinese, Jablonec face Real Betis in Europa League’s final qualifiers
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Two Czechs qualify for their finals at World Athletics Championships in Moscow
On Monday, Czech runners Denisa Rosolová and Zuzana Hejnová qualified for the 400 metres hurdles semifinals after they both finished first in their heats. Hejnová won in 55.25 which was her slowest time this season but she told Czech Radio that was all she needed.
“I have to say it was an easy heat. When I saw the starting list I thought this was the easiest of them all, and it was true because ours was the slowest. But I think that if I hadn’t let off at the end, I would have run around 54:50, and it would not look so bad. But there was no reason for me to do that.”