In Sports News this Monday: Czech national football team draws against Denmark in World Cup qualifier; in tennis, three Czechs reach finals at US Open but fail to win; in hockey, Lev Prague premieres in Kontinental Hockey League; and Czech athletes win 11 medal at London Paralympics.
Czechs hold Denmark to goalless draw in World Cup qualification opener
“I was lucky that I could see all the shots. What was most dangerous however was the pitch, because it was only laid down two days ago and every strip is different. The ball sometimes bounced off and sometimes it slid, and sometimes it bounced in a funny way. But I think the most difficult shots came in the first half that jumped right in front of me.”
“First of all, we had issues with the line-up which was difficult to put together as we have some many injured players. We also played against an opponent that was a favourite in the game. So we have to be happy about that point. It was hard-won.”
The Czech national team is next playing Finland in a friendly game, before taking on Malta in October in Prague.
None of three Czechs in US Open finals win title
“Of course, right now it’s sad. I don’t like to lose, and I didn’t like losing this match in the semis which I thought I had a good chance in. But the best thing I can say is that the wind blew it away from me. In a couple of days, I’ll probably see it in a positive light, in that I reached the semis and played a great game against Roger, and will just keep going forward.”
Lev Prague premiers in Kontinental Hockey League
“For us, this game was very important as far as getting into the game and winning it. With our new franchise and a lot of speculation from a lot of people if we are going to survive or not, I think it was very important.
“For me personally, getting the first goal was also important. For every player, getting the first one in is like a kick-start into the season. So it’s good. We enjoyed it and I’m happy we got the win.”
In their second appearance in the Russian-based league, Lev Prague lost 1:4 to Spartak Moscow in Prague on Saturday. In their three-match home stretch, the new franchise play Donbass Donetsk later on Monday before going to play three games in Russia and Belarus.
Czechs win 11 medals at London Paralympics
Jiří Ježek won his 11th medal in London to become the most successful cyclist in the history of the Paralympics. The gold medallist told Czech Radio he was considering competing at the next Paralympics in Rio de Janiero.
“I’ll be getting back to Prague where I will keep cycling because there are many races scheduled before the end of the season. I will also start getting ready for the future because I can say now that I have decided to go on. I’m not sure if I make it to Rio de Janeiro but I will continue for at the least two or three more seasons.”