In Sports News this Monday: The Czech Republic just about hang on at Ice Hockey World Championship – and now need to beat Norway to reach playoffs; defeat for leaders Plzeň allows Sparta to cut gap to two points with three rounds to go in soccer league; Kweuke gets 12-match ban for leg-breaking “tackle”; and Nicholas Kemboi wins Prague Marathon.
Czechs hang on at Worlds and must beat Norway to reach playoffs
“It’s a disappointment. It’s a pity we couldn’t have played like that from the start of the tournament. It was like night and day. Everybody fought…we had a lot of chances, but unfortunately things haven’t gone our way from the start of the tournament. I think we were more than an even match for Canada. It’s just a pity we didn’t manage to pick up a point.”
In order for the Czechs to advance to the playoffs at the Worlds, they need any kind of victory – including in overtime or on penalties – over Norway on Tuesday evening. There has been some good news for Czech fans ahead of what will surely be a nail-biting clash: NHL players Tomáš Plekanec and Marek Židlický have arrived in Stockholm and should provide a much needed boost.
Sparta reduce gap to two points after leaders Plzeň slip up
“I’m glad I scored but I wasn’t looking at it like that – we weren’t doing well collectively. Of course we’d like to play beautiful football, but I think the most important thing is to win. Everybody goes through sticky patches and unfortunately ours came at the worst possible time. We have to do everything to end it. Hopefully we’ve succeeded in that and we’ll manage the remaining games.”