Alex Král sets up goal as Czech Republic beat Poland

Two Royal Blues represented their countries on Friday (24/03), in the form of Alex Král and Tom Krauß. Henning Matriciani, named alongside Krauß in the Germany U21 squad for the first time, will have to wait for his debut. An overview of the evening’s action is here on

Perfect start to qualification for Král

EURO 2024 qualification has started with a win for Alex Král and the Czech Republic. The Schalke midfielder and his team beat Poland 3-1 in Prague.

Ladislav Krejci opened the scoring for Czechia with just 32 seconds on the clock, and Tomas Cvancara doubled their lead two minutes later in an electric start for the home team. The third goal came after half time, as Jan Kuchta made it 3-0 – all three Czech goals were scored by Sparta Prague players. The assist for the third goal was provided by Schalke man Král, who played the ball precisely across the box for his compatriot. Damian Szymanski netted Poland’s consolation goal three minutes from time.

Monday (27/03) will see the Czech Republic play their second qualifier for EURO 2024 in Moldova. Kickoff in Chisinau is 20:45 CEST.

Krauß plays 77 minutes

Tom Krauß was named in the starting XI for the Germany U21 team’s 2-2 friendly draw against Japan. Schalke’s number 6 played 77 minutes of the match in Frankfurt. Henning Matriciani, the other young Royal Blue in Antonio Di Salvo’s side, was named on the bench. The defensive all-rounder was an unused substitute.

A high-tempo game saw four goals in very quick succession, as Hertha BSC striker Jessic Ngankam opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 40 minutes. Kein Sato scored the equaliser less than three minutes later, before Mao Hosoya gave Japan the lead just 15 seconds after the restart. Another quick response came, this time from Germany, as 1. FC Köln’s Denis Huseinbasic scored to make it 2-2 in the 49th minute.

The DFB team will now travel to Romania for another friendly on Tuesday (28/03). The match in Sibiu against the Romanian youth team will kick off at 18:00 CEST.

U23 AFCON qualifiers: Cissé starts for Mali

Wednesday saw Ibrahima Cissé make an appearance for Mali’s U23 team as they played an U23 AFCON qualifier against Senegal. 22-year-old central defender Cissé and his young Mali side were beaten 3-1 by the Senegalese team. The two sides will face each other again, in Bamako, at 20:00 CEST on Tuesday evening (28/03).