It was a bad day for Brentford B midfield player Jan Žambůrek and his Czech Republic team mates yesterday. Jan started for Czech Republic Under-18 in a match in Slovakia yesterday, Monday 20 May. Jan played the first 58 minutes, but his side were beaten 2-0 by Ukraine.
Jan and his teammates are taking part in an eight-team tournament this week. The tournament will see Czech Republic Under-18 play three games in four days. They are next in action this afternoon against Croatia before finishing against Spain on Thursday. There will then be another game to decide the final placings. The other group contains the hosts, England, Mexico and Russia.
They will be hoping for better today after defeat yesterday. Ukraine scored a goal in each half to take the win and go in to pole position in the group, along with Spain. Jan - who became the first player born after 2000 to make a professional appearance for The Bees when he came on against Hull City in February – earned his 11th Under-18 cap in the loss. He has played 34 matches in total for his country at youth level.