Tuesday 08 Jun
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West Ham United's Vladimír Coufal and Tomáš Souček help Czech Republic to Albania win

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West Ham United's Vladimír Coufal and Tomáš Souček helped the Czech Republic complete their preparations for UEFA Euro 2020 with a morale-boosting 3-1 win over fellow finalists Albania on Tuesday evening.

The Hammers pair both started in Prague as the Czechs bounced back from a 4-0 defeat by Italy to secure a welcome victory. Souček earned his 35th cap, while Coufal was capped for the 16th time.

Patrick Schick put the home side in front on 18 minutes at the Generali Arena before Sokol Cikalleshi drew the visitors level three minutes before half-time.

Souček was booked early in second half before Lukas Masopust put the hosts back in front on 62 minutes, and the win was assured a minute from full-time when defender Ondřej Čelůstka added a third.

The Czechs now head for Glasgow to face Scotland in their Group D opener at Hampden Park on Monday 14 June. After tackling Croatia at the same venue on Friday 18 June, they travel to Wembley to take on England - and West Ham's Declan Rice - on Tuesday 22 June.

Elsewhere, Łukasz Fabiański was an unused substitute as Poland twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Iceland in their final warm-up fixture in Poznan.

Fabiański and company now travel to St Petersburg in Russia for their opening group-stage fixture with Slovakia on Monday 14 June, before crossing Europe to tackle Spain in Seville five days later, then heading back to St Petersburg to face Sweden on Wednesday 23 June.

 

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