The Czech Republic left the Cardiff City Stadium dejected as Wales beat them by one-nil during the World Cup Qualifiers. During the game, the Czechs put up a great defense. But it did not stand for long as Manchester United midfielder Daniel James scored against them on March 31st, 2021. Wales thereby put pressure on the visitors and secured the three points in the end.
After the game, the Dragons assistant coach Robert Page took a page from manager Ryan Giggs’s playbook and spoke about his team’s victory while appreciating his opponents. In an interview on March 31st, 2021, he said, “We have had many in-house issues with Giggsy’s arraignment and player departures (for breaching COVID protocols).”
“Despite that, we beat a tough opponent, and we are proud of that” said Page.
The Czech Republic displayed their dismay for not salvaging a point in the fixture. Their coach Jaroslav Silhavy criticized striker Patrick Schick for his actions that cut down the Narodak to ten men. In an interview, he said, “No matter the provocation, he should not have raised his hands at another player. His actions made us weak while counter-attacking, and that is not acceptable behavior.”
— Czech Football Team (@ceskarepre_eng) March 30, 2021
Though Lokomotiva has lost their game against Wales, they are still in the second position with four points on the group table. They have a game to be played before the Dragons as well.
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The Narodak path to the 2022 Qatar World Cup
In the past, the Czechs have reached the World Cup finals twice (1934 and 1962. This time Lokomotiva has the chance to make it happen again by qualifying for the competition after placing themselves in 2nd on the group table.
However, the Czech Republic team’s in the past and the ones now in comparison lack quality. This is because players from the Czech side received the highest recognition and worked hard to win in the year 1934 and 1962.
Though quality is lacking, the dedication and intent to strive ahead remain as strong as ever. Hence Lokomotiva has secured such a high position on the table despite having tough opponents.
In their first game of the World Cup Qualifier, the Narodark faced Estonia. The game started slowly, but then the Czechs took control of the game. West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek became the man of the match by recording three goals. Thus he pushed his team forward in the competition, and the game ended with Lokomotiva winning by six-two.
Their next game had been against Belgium, and the Red Devils had a record of three wins, three-loss and three draws against the Narodark. This time around, Belgium sported a side with a stronger eleven, and experts expected the Czechs to concede defeat. Fortunately, Lokomotiva robustly lined their defense and drew the game by one-one, making Belgium’s forwards ineffective.
Through these games, they set up a strong precedent for their qualification to the upcoming World Cup. Now, they have another obstacle in the form of the UEFA Euro group stages.
Czech Republic will face Scotland in the first game of the UEFA Euro’s group stages
The Narodark have a terrible record against Scotland in the UEFA Nations League, losing both their games against the Scots. Their manager, however, would implore his team to cross their limits and win the game against the Tartan Army on June 14th, 2021.
Therefore, the Czechs would need Patrick Schik to be on his best behavior and form to win the game and move ahead in Euros.
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