Souček & Coufal maintain undefeated start
Tomas Soucek won his 50th international selection and Vladimir Coufal joined him in the starting XI as they helped the Czech Republic maintain their unbeaten start to the UEFA Nations League by drawing 2-2 with Spain on Sunday night.
The Hammers duo side have led twice against visitors in Prague, and although Spain have caught them, the Czech Republic are still level on points with Group A2 leaders Portugal after two matches.
After overcoming Switzerland on Thursday, Souček and Coufal started again – with the former in his familiar central midfield role and the latter deployed as a right-back.
The Czechs started with confidence and Sparta Prague winger Jakub Pešek gave them a fourth minute lead.
Gavi fired back for Spain at half-time but the hosts were undeterred and Jan Kuchta – who was also on target in that win over Switzerland – restored their lead midway through the second half.
Just as it looked like the home side were about to claim a famous win, Athletic Bilbao centre-back Iñigo Martínez equalized in the end.
The Czech Republic may have been denied the three points but they started their campaign well in the group stage ahead of Thursday’s trip to face the leaders in Lisbon.
Souček’s half-century of Czech caps has included nine goals, while Coufal now has a total of 28 caps and just one goal.