Soccer-Czechs down Poland 3-1 in Euro qualifier due to quick-fire targets


PRAGUE (Reuters) – Two targets throughout the first three minutes and a second-half Jan Kuchta strike helped the Czech Republic to cruise previous Poland 3-1 of their opening Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday.

The Czechs ruined the debut of Poland supervisor Fernando Santos by netting their first aim simply 27 seconds after kickoff within the Group E encounter, with Ladislav Krejci out-jumping a Polish defender to go dwelling Vladimir Coufal’s lengthy throw in.

Two gamers making their senior group debut mixed to double the lead, with Tomas Cvancara firing in David Jurasek’s cross from the left flank previous Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The guests managed possession for big spells following their torrid begin however the Czechs successfully wrapped up the win within the sixty fourth minute when Jan Kuchta tapped in Alex Kral’s low cross. Damian Szymanski pulled a aim again for Poland within the 87th minute.

“We began very properly and we thought we needed to go on like that and to not decelerate as a result of Poland have large high quality,” Cvancara advised Czech Tv.

“We performed an excellent recreation tonight.”

The Czechs — who discovered their scoring contact with out injured Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick — journey to Moldova on Monday whereas the Poles host Albania in Group E.

(Reporting by Michael Kahn, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)