In sports news this Monday: the women’s basketball world championship gets underway in the Czech Republic; in football, Galatasary’s Milan Baroš scores a hat-trick and gets injured in a single game; and at home, Plzeň set a league record as they establish a convincing lead at the top of the Gambrinus liga.
Czechs advance at women’s basketball world championships
The Czech team kicked off the tournament against Argentina on Thursday, and won 67:53. The next stop for the Czechs was Russia on Saturday. The Czechs started off well, but Russia soon took over and built up a lead of 11 points at half time. The Czech team came back in the second half with the final score ending at 55:52. Hana Horáková scored 17 points for the hosts.
On Sunday, the Czechs played their remaining opponent in Group D, Japan. They were not expected to put up much resistance to the Czechs but a series of mistakes in the last two quarters allowed the Japanese to reduce the difference to four points with three minutes to go. The Czech team eventually won 66:60. Czech centre Ilona Burgrová thanked the crowd for their great support.
With the win over Japan, the Czech women secured the second place in their group, and advanced to the next stage. In the next group round they are playing South Korea on Monday, followed by Spain and Brazil.
Galatasaray’s Baroš scores hat-trick but suffers muscle injury
Baroš’s performance moved him to 3rd place in Turkey’s Super Lig’s top score chart with five goals. But the Czech forward suffered a muscle injury in Sunday’s game which puts him out of action for two to three weeks; he will most likely miss the Czech national side’s European Championship qualifiers against Scotland and Liechtenstein in October.
In Gambrinus Liga, Plzeň sets league record with 28 points after 10 rounds
Sparta Prague drew 1:1 with Mladá Boleslav on Saturday, and lag nine points behind Plzeň. Slavia Prague failed to win in their ninth consecutive game on Friday, when they lost 3:0 to underdogs Slovácko. Slavia now ranks 12th in the Gambrinus liga, and trail the leaders by 18 points. Slavia manager Karel Jarolím offered to step down after the defeat but club management want him to keep him on – at least until Friday’s game against leaders Plzeň.