The Czech Republic were beaten 2:1 by Austria in a football friendly in Olomouc on Tuesday night. It was their first defeat under new coach Pavel Vrba, a result that followed two draws. The hosts’ only goal was a stunning long-range effort from Tomáš Hořava of Viktoria Plzeň. The squad for Tuesday’s game was almost entirely composed of players from the Czech league, with the only exception striker Matěj Vydra of West Bromwich Albion. The Czech Republic did not qualify for the World Cup in Brazil and are preparing for qualification games for the 2016 European Championships.
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