OLOMOUC, Czech Republic (Reuters) – Czech Republic eased to a 3-0 win over Montenegro helped by an own goal and a penalty in the second half on Monday as they claimed a second consecutive win in Euro 2020 qualifying.
The victory moved the Czechs level on six points with Group A leaders England, who beat them 5-0 at Wembley in their opening match and have a game in hand having played only twice.
The Czechs opened the scoring against Montenegro in the 18th minute when Jakub Jankto slammed a left-foot volley into the net from a tight angle after Pavel Kaderabek sent over a deep cross.
Their lead was doubled just after the break when Boris Kopitovic deflected Patrik Schick’s cross into his own goal after the forward had rounded a defender.
Schick got the third with a penalty in the 82nd which he smashed home after being sent sprawling in the area.
Montenegro — who fired Serbian coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic on Saturday after he pulled out of Friday’s qualifier against Kosovo which they drew 1-1 — have two points along with Bulgaria, who conceded an added-time goal in a 3-2 home defeat by the Kosovans, who are third with five points.
(Reporting by Michael Kahn; Editing by Ken Ferris)