In Sports News this Monday: Czechs beat Romania to stay in the Davis Cup World Group; in football, Plzeň wins its first point in the Champions League; the Czech top hockey league begins; and Jaromír Jágr arrives in Philadelphia for yet another NHL season.
Czechs beat Romania to retain Davis Cup World Group
“It definitely means a lot for us players, for our fans and the whole country, to stay in the World Group. In the last two years, we were very close to achieving our goal which is to get the Davis Cup back in the Czech Republic after many years. It didn’t happen but we had two great runs. Now we’re obviously very happy to secure our spot in the World Group and to give ourselves a shot again next year.”
On Sunday, Czech substitutes Jan Hájek and Lukáš Hájek both won their singles, achieving an impressive 5:0 win for the Czech Davis Cup team.
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In football, Viktoria Plzeň ties with Borisov in Champions League
“It’s pity that we didn’t win 1:0 because that would have put up front. We made a number of mistakes in the game; you could see that both our team and Bate wanted to play safe as it was our first game, and focused more on the defensive. I take one point but I’m disappointed we didn’t get three.”
The Czech champions landed a fine from the European governing body after their fans put up an offensive banner criticizing UEFA for not allowing Plzeň to play at their home stadium. Plzeň will next play AC Milan in Italy on September 28.
In the seventh round of the Czech top division at the weekend, Plzeň beat Jablonec 4:2 on Saturday to moved up to 4th place of the league table with 13 points. Last season’s runners-up Sparta Prague are in the lead, with maximum points from six matches.
Hockey season begins with champions Třinec losing to Brno
“I think Tomáš Žižka shot the puck against the board behind the goal; it rebounded in front of the goal where I picked it up, and just closed my eyes and shot it in. Of course I’m happy; the first game is always tough. But we won, we got three points and it’s great.”
Veteran Jaromír Jágr arrived in US to join Philadelphia Flyers
“I’m not 21 and I won’t just try to prove something with my words. We’ll have to wait and see. I can promise you one thing: I'm going to give my best shot to play on a high level. I didn't come here for the money just to impress myself. I'm not saying I am going to be dominating. I'm not saying I'm going to be good. I can promise you I will do all the right things to play.”
For Jaromír Jágr, the NHL season starts on October 6 when his team plays the Boston Bruins.