Soccer World Cup Qualification: Discredited Reputation
The Czech national team mixed one success and one failure in two
games of the third 2002 World Cup qualification group. It easily
defeated Iceland 4-0 October 7, but four days later it lost two points
after a scoreless tie in Malta. After three games the Czech Republic
leads its group's standings with seven points, two and three points
ahead of its biggest opponents, Denmark and Bulgaria, respectively.
Qualification will continue in the spring.
Czech Republic - Iceland 4-0 (3-0)
After winning in Bulgaria, the Czech team welcomed Iceland to
Teplice. The Czechs' managed to break the Iceland defense early and
decided the game with three goals in the first half. Striker Jan Koller
was the hero of the game, scoring the first two goals (18th and 41st
minute), breaking his scoring drought in a return to past form. Captain
Pavel Nedved, who was with Koller the best player on the field, scored
the third Czech goal in the 43rd minute.
Malta - Czech Republic 0-0
The game between the Czech Republic and Malta demonstrated the
irreparable complex of the Czech team against this poor opponent. The
cause of the Czechs' repeated failures probably lies in the opponent's
defense, the bad field and Malta's less-than-dignified play.
David Pilar/Mirek Langer
Champions League: Sparta Praha Loses in Donetsk 1-2
With seven defensive players, sent onto the pitch by coach Ivan
Hasek for reliable defense and fast counterattacks, Sparta Praha played
its fourth game in the soccer UEFA Champions League in Donetsk, Ukraine.
The beginning went perfectly for Sparta, as goalkeeper Virt only
deflected Rosicky's shot and after Labant's corner kick Jiri Jarosik
Adam Fendrych/Mirek Langer
Soccer League: Champion Sparta Loses First Game
Sparta Praha suffered its first loss this season, in the 10th round
of the soccer league. In the Prague intracity derby it lost at Bohemians
2-4. In the incomplete standings, Sparta fell to the second place behind
Liberec, which defeated Ostrava. Sparta's first defeat could be traced
to captain Jiri Novotny's illness, the team's defense without him was
not as consistent as usual and Bohemians had too much room for
combinations. Bohemians forward Hartig played very well, assisting on
three of the four Bohemians goals. Sparta lost in the Bohemians'
Vrsovice stadium for the first time in 14 years.
Petr Adam/Mirek Langer
Captain Reichel Moves Litvinov into Extraleague Lead
The hockey players of Litvinov earned the full amount of eight points from the last four rounds and moved to the top of the extraleague. The Litvinov team is led by captain Robert Reichel (a longtime NHL player), who has scored nine goals in the last seven games. After beating Ceske Budejovice, Litvinov managed to defeat the last two seasons' champions: Sparta and Vsetin. Karlovy Vary fell into the last place after Kladno managed to win its last two games in overtimes. Sparta forward Patrik Martinec leads the scoring table with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists. Results of the 11th round: Karlovy Vary - Vsetin 1-2, Pardubice - Havirov 5-1, Litvinov - Ceske Budejovice 2-1, Kladno - Sparta Praha 1-5, Vitkovice - Znojmo 3-2, Zlin - Plzen 4-2, Slavia Praha - Trinec 4-2. Results of the 12th round: Znojmo - Plzen 4-0, Trinec - Zlin 5-2, Ceske Budejovice - Slavia Praha 0-0 OT, Havirov - Kladno 4-2, Vsetin - Vitkovice 4-2, Sparta Praha - Litvinov 3-4, Karlovy Vary - Pardubice 2-4. Results of the 13th round: Pardubice - Sparta Praha 2-1, Litvinov - Vsetin 4-2, Kladno - Ceske Budejovice 5-4 OT, Vitkovice - Havirov 5-2, Zlin - Karlovy Vary 4-3, Slavia Praha - Znojmo 4-4 OT, Plzen - Trinec 0-2. Results of the 14th round: Zlin - Sparta Praha 0-2, Vitkovice - Trinec 2-2 OT, Plzen - Ceske Budejovice 4-2, Kladno - Pardubice 3-2 OT, Litvinov - Karlovy Vary 4-1, Znojmo - Havirov 2-2 OT, Slavia Praha - Vsetin 1-2. Standings: 1. Litvinov 29 points, 2. Sparta Praha 28, 3. Vitkovice 28, 4. Pardubice 26, 5. Vsetin 26, 6. Plzen 25 , 7. Zlin 20, 8. Trinec 19, 9. Slavia Praha 16, 10. Havirov 16, 11. Znojmo 15, 12. Ceske Budejovice 14, 13. Kladno 11, 14. Karlovy Vary 11.
Petr Adam/Mirek Langer
Peruan Completes Great Pardubice Steeplechase Hattrick
Peruan, a 12-year old brown horse, won the Grand Pardubice (Velka
pardubicka) steeplechase for the third time in a row. With jockey Zdenek
Matysik aboard, Peruan won the 110th year of the race. Jockey Jan
Havlicek finished on Belovodsk in second place after three third places.
In the race, Peruan waited at the back of the field and moved ahead in
the last third of the race. Only Belovodsk was able to stay close and at
the beginning of the backstretch Peruan led by a few centimeters.
Behind Belovodsk, Dušan Andres finished third with Czanka. A total of
10 horses crossed the finish line.
Petr Adam/Mirek Langer
SPORTS IN BRIEF
* Czech cyclist Jan Hruska was suspended for six months for doping.
Hruska tested positive for nandrolon during the Tour of Spain. Because
of the investigation, Hruska had to miss the Sydney Olympics and the
World Championships. The punishment is on the low end of the scale, the
disciplinary commission gave him the benefit of the doubt as Hruska
claimed the substance got into his body without his knowledge.
Stepan Vorlicek, Gabriela Pribilova/Mirek Langer