Jan Zamburek scored from the half-way line as Czech Republic Under-18s drew 3-3 with their Italian counterparts on Friday.
The Czechs led three times in Rome but each time their hosts responded. It was after the first equaliser that Jan’s moment of brilliance occurred. Direct from the kick-off, the 17-year-old midfielder looked up, spotted the Italian keeper off his line, and sent a shot flying over his head from fully 50 yards.
The goal was Jan’s first at Under-18 level, in his seventh cap. In total, Jan has four goals in 30 caps across all age groups. Jan and the Czechs are back in action on Monday with a game at home to Austria.
In Cardiff, Henrik Dalsgaard and Denmark secured promotion to the top league in the Nations League following a 2-1 win over Wales in Cardiff. Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jørgensen finished off a flowing counter-attack to give Denmark the lead late on in the first-half. Martin Braithwaite then wrapped up the win in the closing stages before Gareth Bale pulled one back for the home side.
Victory assured Denmark of top spot in Group B4 and promotion to League A. Last night’s win keeps up Henrik’s remarkable record for his nation, The Danes have lost just once in 90 minutes in 18 internationals where Henrik has played. Denmark’s Nations League campaign comes to a close on Monday with a game against already-relegated Ireland in Aarhus.
Chris Mepham was not involved for Wales after pulling out of the squad through injury earlier in the week.
In Cyprus, Latvia Under-19s beat Montenegro 2-1 in European Championship qualifying despite David Titov being one of two Latvian players sent off. Kristers Lūsiņš gave Latvia a tenth-minute lead which they held until half-time. However, Titov’s, and Latvia’s, afternoon changed on the hour as he was shown a straight red card for a foul in the box; Sergej Grubac converting from the spot.
Despite their man disadvantage, Latvia re-took the lead inside the final ten minutes through Dmitrijs Zelenkovs. Emīls Birka was then shown a second yellow card as ten men became nine for the final seven minutes.
Latvia held on for those closing minutes, taking their tally in Group 11 to four points from two games. With the top two qualifying for the Elite Qualifying Round in March, avoiding defeat against hosts Cyprus on Monday will ensure Latvia’s progression.