In the penultimate of eight World Cup qualifying matches against Belarus, the Czech footballers had won 2-0 and remained hopeful of second place in the group.
Patrik Schick opened the scoring for Monday’s duel in the 22nd minute, and Adam Hložek added in the 65th minute after his assist. The national team followed September’s home victory over Belarus 1-0 and also won the seventh game. Due to the ban on flights to Belarus after European Union sanctions, the match was played on neutral Russian soil in Kazan, moreover, without spectators.
Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý’s men still have the same number of points in second place as the third Welshman, who played one game less. Only the group winner, who will most likely be Belgium, will qualify directly for the championship.
The teams in second position await the playoffs, where the other two best winners of the Nations League groups will present themselves, who will not succeed in qualifying. The Czechs are almost certain that they would end up occupying one of these two places. The qualifying group ends at home against Estonia in November.
“We think we are going to handle the last home game, Wales will probably win too. Then that will probably be decided in the game between Wales and Belgium. We will see, we will support Belgium. We will not. ‘we have more in our hands, but we still think it will happen, “he told a press conference in Šilhavý.
Coach Šilhavý has made four changes to the game against Wales. Defenders Wiesner and Zima made their first debut in the national team’s basic lineup, and Vydra and Sadílek jumped in reserve. Novák, Kalas and Král only started on the bench, midfielder Barák was absent due to a yellow card penalty.
The Czech team had a territorial advantage from the start, but it did not come easily into play. From the first major option, the guests struck. Sadílek found Schick in the 22nd minute, who scored Pavljučenka with the volley and scored the 17th goal for the national “A” team.
In the 26th minute, striker Vydra escaped, tried to get around the Belarusian goalkeeper, but in distress he took off from the post. Soon after, Schick shot and the local goalkeeper stopped his attempt with problems more than twice.
“We played in a complicated way in the first half, we lost some simple balls from the start. The opponent waited for our mistake and made dangerous breaks. However, we scored a goal in the first half.” , Šilhavý said.
Immediately after the break, captain Souček Peška pushed on but narrowly missed a cross shot from the right side and didn’t follow the shot against Wales. After 53 minutes of play, Schick had a fantastic opportunity to reply, but his shot flew harmlessly into the side net of the goal.
Ten minutes later he shot from an angle outside Hložek, but a moment later the nineteen-year-old Spartan talent was met. After Schick’s pass with a short run, Pavljučenka scored and scored for the first time in the 12th national team. The Belarusians, the last team on the table, hardly threatened and did not shoot between the posts during the entire match. The Czech team won for the first time after three duels.
“The first goal of the national team, I’m excited. I had a nice ball from Páti Schick and maybe he fell there with luck. But even that counts,” said Hložek on Czech television, scoring for the first time since the end. August. “I hope it helps me and I broke it. I haven’t scored more than 10 games, that’s a lot. I hope it will start to fall,” he added.
The Belarusians, the last team on the table, hardly threatened and did not shoot between the posts during the entire match. The Czech team won for the first time after three duels. “We regrouped the roster in the second half and I think it got better. We already dominated. We could have added more goals, but we won 2-0,” said Šilhavý
Group E qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup in Kazan:
Belarus – Czech Republic 0: 2 (0: 1)
Goals: 22. Schick, 65. Hložek. Judges: Letexier – Mugnier, Rahmouni – Willy (video, all Fr.). ŽK: Bykov, Pečenin, Judenkov – Hložek, Zima. No spectators.
Belarus: Pavlyuchenko – Begunov, Seljava (46th Sadovnichi), Judenkov, Pechenin – Sedko, Bykov, Klimovich (78. Solovej), Antilevsky (68. R. Lisakovich) – Ebong, V. Lisakovich. Coach: Kondratev.
Czech Republic: Vaclík – Wiesner, Čelůstka, Zima, Matějů – Sadílek (88. Zmrhal), Souček – Pešek (81. Kopic), Hložek (88. Kuchta), Vydra (46. Pavelka) – Schick (90. + 2 Král ). Trainer: Squint.
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