A plan for a charter plane to take Czech fans to Baku for the European Championship quarterfinal match against Denmark on Saturday has been canceled.
There are no direct flights between Prague and Baku and there are strict coronavirus restrictions in place in Azerbaijan. Fans also would have to isolate themselves on arrival home.
The Czech national team fan club says initially about 300 people wanted to make the trip to Baku despite the restrictions but in the end not enough were ready to go.
The Czech Republic qualified for the quarter-finals after beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the last-16. For Denmark boss Hjulmand he admits he would have preferred facing the Dutch in the last eight than the Czechs.
“I would rather have played the Netherlands,” Hjulmand said. “Now we’re facing a team for the first time [in the tournament] that I think can match our own intensity.
“We have worn our opponents down gradually and have played with a high intensity in our press and transitions. Now we can’t be surprised that we face a team that has the same work ethic and the same intensity in their pressing.”
Kick-off time and TV details
The quarter-final clash between the Czech Republic and Denmark takes place on Saturday 3 July at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. Kick-off is at 6pm.
Czech Republic team news
Jan Boril returns from suspension and could come back into the starting XI. Vladimir Darida missed the win over the Dutch due to injury and could also return.
Denmark team news
Captain Simon Kjaer is expected to be fit after suffering a thigh injury in the 4-0 win over Wales. Daniel Wass and Yussuf Poulsen both missed the round of 16 match and could also be in contention.
“I think it would take a lot to hold him [Kjaer] back and keep him out of the match on Saturday,” Hjulmand said. “Yussuf Poulsen had something with his thigh. It’s not a strain that keeps him out for weeks. We assume he’s getting ready. And Wass is recovering.”