The Czech footballers lost the qualifying match for the World Cup in Belgium 0: 3. They were especially bothered by the home gunner Romelu Lukaku, who scored one goal and scored another. And he still managed to hurt goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík.
“Belgium won quite deservedly. It is the first team in the world. In order to think of a good result in these matches, everyone must leave an extraordinary performance there. It did not work out today,” Šilhavý told ČT Sport.
In the September program, for various reasons, it lacks almost 20 players, including the penalized attacking number one Schick. After Thursday’s winning home match with Belarus (1: 0), he made three line-up changes – the injured Yankt was replaced by Pešek, this time Vydra started at the tip of the attack and the premiere in the national A-team was made by stopper Kaša.
It was the Pilsen national team rookie who sent a weak little house to Vaclík in the first minute, who had to be treated after a painful step by Lukaku. “Unhappy little house, it was slow. A mistake,” Squinting remarked.
The Czechs started actively, attacked high and had an introductory opportunity in the seventh minute, but Hložek’s shot was knocked down by Denayer. In a minute, they hit the home team. Vanaken found Lukaku perpendicular, and the escape ended right at the pole. The striker, who returned to Chelsea this summer, celebrated his 100th goal for the national team and scored 67th goal as the best scorer in Belgian national history.
After 14 minutes, Vaclík had to be injured from the game, and Staněk replaced him among the sticks during his premiere in the Czech team. “It’s a reality, we have to deal with it. Tomorrow Tomáš will go for an X-ray and we’ll see. According to that, we will arrange for the last match at the meeting,” said Šilhavý.
After half an hour of play, the Pilsen goalkeeper fired Lukak’s shot, but in the 41st minute he collected. Hazard ended the quick combination action. “Too bad for the second collected goal, my leg got stuck there,” Staněk regretted.
In the setting of the first half, Souček could reduce, but he only hit the middle of the goal. Vydra, who advanced himself to the goalkeeper three minutes after the break, did not succeed either, but he did not change the big chance. In the 55th minute, Staňka did not beat Lukak on the other side.
In eight minutes, Hložek fired, but Courtois ruined his joy from the premier national team goal. “I didn’t see the shot at all, because I fell, but Courtois caught it beautifully. That’s probably why he catches Real Madrid,” said Hložek.
The bronze medalists from the last World Championship, who, like the Czechs, reached the quarterfinals at this year’s European Championship, did much better in the end. After Lukaku’s heel struck, he got Saelemaekers in the 65th minute ahead of Staňka and did not hesitate. He scored his first national team goal. The Czech or Czechoslovak team did not even win the ninth competition match with Belgium.
“The quality turned out mainly in the transformation of chances. They mostly had a goal, we worked out four goal chances and did not give them. The difference is striking,” admitted Šilhavý.
“The Belgians are extra class, they are deservedly where they are. We could have shown more than we showed in Prague. We had good things there, we created some chances. But the Belgians created more and deservedly won. Our team can definitely give a better performance and he has to play with such opponents as well. But we didn’t show it today, “added team captain Tomáš Souček.
Group E World Cup Qualifiers match in Brussels:
Belgium – Czech Republic 3: 0 (2: 0)
Goals: 8. Lukaku, 41. E. Hazard, 65. Saelemaekers. Judges: Oliver – Burt, Bennett – Kavanagh (video, all English). ŽK: Vertonghen, Witsel, Lukaku – Barák.
Belgium: Courtois – Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen – Castagne, Tielemans (81. Dendoncker), Witsel, Carrasco (57. Saelemaekers) – Vanaken (81. Lukebakio), Lukaku (81. Batshuayi), E. Hazard (73. Trossard) . Trener: Martinez.
Czech Republic: Vaclík (14. Staněk) – Coufal, Kaša, Kalas, Matějů – Holeš, Souček – Pešek (66. Zmrhal), Barák (77. Král), Hložek (77. Wiesner) – Vydra (65. Tecl). Coach: Squinting.