The Czech Republic's disappointing form since qualifying for the UEFA European Futsal Championship in Porto this November continued with two friendly defeats in Slovenia.
Having lost 4-1 and 6-0 to Portugal in April, the Czechs were hoping to continue their four-match winning run against Slovenia. But the Czech Republic, who have been drawn with Portugal, Italy and Romania in the European finals, found life tough against a nation only pipped to a place in Porto with a last-day 3-1 reverse against Belgium in qualifying that meant they missed out by a single goal.
In the first game in Benedikt, Slovenia led 2-1 at the break and eventually prevailed 5-3 despite Czech goals from Pavel Formánek, Radim Špaček and Radovan Kroulík. The next day in Maribor, three second-half goals have Slovenia a 3-0 victory. The Czech squad will assemble again next month for a training camp and plan a warm-up tournament in September before beginning their EURO campaign against Romania on 16 November.
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