In Sports News: Spain buries Czech Republic in final minutes of Euro football qualifier; Vítkovice reach the hockey finals, will Slavia follow suit?; the Florida Panthers are out of playoff contention in NHL leaving goalie Vokoun free to play for the Czechs.
European Championship football: Spain down Czech Republic in qualifier
“We put in the maximum effort, everyone played their very best against the best team in the world and in the end we almost earned points so I think it’s very positive. I think that we can still keep our hopes on qualifying because we will face nothing worse or rather no tougher opponent than Spain. We have to focus now on the match against Liechtenstein . That’s the most important for us now: we need all three points.”
Currently the Czechs remain in second spot, ahead of Scotland; they face Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
Hockey: Vítkovice first team to make it to final, after ousting Pardubice
“From the first practice I saw that the guys wanted to prove they were no worse than players who had left before. The trainers also played a huge role, they saw what kind of team we had, and set-up an appropriate style of play which fans also like.”
The other semi-final series is currently led by Prague’s Slavia, who have won three matches to Třinec’s one and could take out the regular season and President’s Trophy winners with one more victory later on Monday.
Mf Dnes notes Vokoun free to play for Czech team at Ice Hockey World Championship
The Czech daily on Monday noted that Czech NHL goalie Tomáš Vokoun, who plays for the Florida Panthers, should be free to play for the Czech team at this year’s Ice Hockey World Championships, which take place in Slovakia. After losing to Buffalo, the Panthers have no chance of making the NHL playoffs. Last year, Vokoun backstopped the Czech team to gold in a memorable 2:1 final -against Russia. Star forward Jaromír Jágr has already confirmed he will play this year.