In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň see their first win in the Champions League; in tennis, Tomáš Berdych loses in the semifinal of the ATP’s World Tour Finals; in hockey, Czech hockey clubs refuse to form a joint Czech-Slovak league; and in motorsport, a Czech driver takes part in a Formula 1 event.
Plzeň beats Bate Borisov in Champion League
After the game, when reporters asked Marek Bakoš whether he would always remember his winning goal, the striker said it was too early to say.
“I’m not thinking about that because I’m so happy that we won, and it was a very difficult game. But maybe in the future, it will be nice to see in the statistics that I scored the winning goal. The most important thing was that Milan Petržala managed to get past a defender, pass the ball to where the strikers should be, and I was able to put it in.”
The Czech champions have no chance of advancing to the Champions League’s knock-out stage in the spring but Wednesday’s victory over Borisov means they will most probably finish third in their group and continue in UEFA’s Europa League – provided Bate Borisov does not beat Barcelona. In their final appearance in the Champions League, Plzeň hosts AC Milan in Prague on December 6.
Tennis: Tomáš Berdych loses to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at ATP’s World Tour Finals
“I’m pleased with the week and it was a great experience for me, maybe a bit sad. I had a match point against world no. 1 on the first day; it could have been a perfect run through the group. I won the group all the same but my first semifinal of this event could be better if I had felt better. But it didn’t happen and that’s it. You have to be ready for the whole week, not just certain days.”
Czech hockey clubs refuse to revive Czech-Slovak league
Meanwhile, action continued in the top Czech hockey league with Sparta Prague top of the standings, followed by Slovan Liberec, Plzeň and České Budějovice; at the other end of the league table Mladá Boleslav in last place are one point behind Karlovy Vary and four points behind Slavia Prague.
Czech driver appears in Formula 1 training session
Jan Charouz, who was a testing pilot for the Renault team last year, drove for the Hispania Racing team at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Although he finished last, 5.7 seconds after the session’s winner Mark Weber, the promising Czech driver said he made no serious errors during the 37 laps he drove, and that he enjoyed the experience, adding that he hoped the stint might get him a permanent seat in a Formula 1 car in the future.