In Sports News: Star goalie Petr Čech becomes just the fourth Czech in football history to win the Champions League; national squad captain Rosický should be fit in time for Euro 2012; in hockey, the Czech national team wins bronze at the Ice Hockey World Championships.
Čech one of the heroes in Champions League triumph
When the game came down to extremely dramatic penalties after extra time, Chelsea trailed at one point 3-1, but Čech then stopped Ivica Olic and 'forced' Bastian Shweinsteiger’s shot which hit the post. Drogba then scored the winner, securing the famous trophy for Chelsea. After the game, here’s what goalkeeper Petr Čech said:
“After I saved Robben’s penalty I began to believe we would successfully see things through. In this game I faced a total of six penalty shots and each time I guessed the direction correctly and went the right way. That gave me the added confidence that I would be able to stop at least one of them.”
A day after the win Petr Čech turned 30, making clear he couldn’t imagine a better birthday present. Erased at last is the disappointment of losing in the Champions league final in Moscow (also on penalties) against Manchester United four years ago. As the press noted the Chelsea triumph is a major one for Chelsea’s ‘old guard’ that includes longtime players like Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry.
Rosický to be ready for European Championship
“I was really exhausted from the regular season. It was very long and I played all the time. I even had problems with my heel so I didn’t train for two weeks before, so I was wiped out from the matches themselves and didn’t have time to recover in training.”
Czech hockey team rebounds from semifinal loss, wins bronze at worlds
Meanwhile, here’s how the result was rated by team coach Alois Hadamczik:
“I am glad that after the big disappointment of the semifinal they were able to get some rest and that they came back in a fighting mood. They showed that they wanted to win, that they wanted the medal both for themselves and for the nation and they played a really good game.”
In the bronze medal game the Czech team scored all three of its goals in the first period and then had to weather an onslaught that brought Finland within one. In the third, for example, the Finns outshot the Czechs 14-1 but goalie Jakub Štepánek held on.