Vydra at the double for Czechs
Watford loanee's double inspires victory
Last Updated: 26/03/13 9:39pm
Matej Vydra: Scored a double as Czech Republic beat Armenia
Matej Vydra kept the Czech Republic in the hunt for qualification from Group B with a well-taken brace to down Armenia 3-0 in Yerevan.
The Udinese striker, on loan at Watford, won the Championship player of the season award this week and celebrated by heading his country ahead two minutes after half-time.
Vydra has impressed English football fans with his performances in the second tier, where he has scored 20 goals, and his impressive 81st-minute strike was further evidence of the young Czech's burgeoning talent.
Substitute Daniel Kolar then scored to rubberstamp a win that moves Michal Bilek's men on to eight points in their bid to reach next year's World Cup, while Armenia remain in fifth place with three points.
Armenia's Edgar Manucharyan tested Petr Cech with a swerving shot before Czech defender Tomas Sivok scooped over the crossbar in the early exchanges.
Home keeper Roman Berezovsky fumbled a Jaroslav Plasil corner to safety before the break, but two minutes after the restart, the Czech Republic took the lead.
When Plasil lofted the ball across the box to Vydra at the end of a flowing move, the 20-year-old headed across a stranded Berezovsky.
And with nine minutes left to play it was Vydra who put the result beyond doubt with a splendid solo effort as he span his marker to smash the ball home from the edge of the area.
Armenia were beaten but there was still time for Kolar to convert Tomas Hubschman's left-wing cross five minutes into stoppage time.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 26th Mar - Group B
Armenia0 - 3Czech Rep
Denmark1 - 1Bulgaria
Malta0 - 2Italy
Tue 26th Mar - Group F
Azerbaijan0 - 2Portugal
N Ireland0 - 2Israel
Tue 26th Mar - Group D
Estonia2 - 0Andorra
Turkey1 - 1Hungary
Holland4 - 0Romania
Tue 26th Mar - Group H
Ukraine2 - 1Moldova
Poland5 - 0S Marino
Montenegro1 - 1England
Tue 26th Mar - Group A
Serbia2 - 0Scotland
Belgium1 - 0Macedonia
Wales1 - 2Croatia
Tue 26th Mar - Group C
Rep Ire2 - 2Austria
Germany4 - 1Kazakhstan
Tue 26th Mar - Group I
France0 - 1Spain
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I