March 27th, 2010 - Euro U17 Elite Round Qualifying
Czech Republic U17 2 Ukraine U17 1
Attendance: 500 (official, but more likely closer to 1000)
Admission: 30kc (1 euro)
Distance travelled: 300km
International football, there is nothing like it, no matter the level. The Czech Republic is currently hosting one of the Elite Round groups for U17 Qualifying. Only the group winner will advance.
Kyjov is a town in Southern Moravia of 11,000. It took me 3 hours to get there by train, because I had to go through Brno to get a return ticket. Once I arrived, I walked around for a little while, and eventually found my way to the stadium. It is only a 5 minute walk from the main train station. The stadium has a large stand on one side, and cement steps on the other. Unfortunately, there is a huge track around the pitch.
The Czechs lost their first game against Georgia 1-0, while the Ukranians lost 2-0 to the Netherlands. As a result, both teams were desperate for a win, and it showed. There were many yellow cards and two red cards in the match. It should be noted that each half was only 40 minutes. I am not sure why, but day light was most certainly not a factor. The Czechs scored in stoppage time to record a crucial victory. Ukraine will play Georgia on Monday, while the Czech Republic will play the Netherlands.
Highlights from the Czech FA -http://tv.fotbal.cz/169-sleduj-video