Tomas Soucek had an international outing to remember when sticking three past Estonian keeper Mihkel Aksalu last night.
Soucek wasn’t the only Czech Republic player to enjoy the night, with the World Cup qualifier ending in a 6-2 thrashing in Estonia’s back yard.
Estonia taking the lead obviously made the Czech hulks angry as Bayer Leverkusen star Patrik Schick equalised on 18 minutes.
Soucek began his goalscoring exploits in the 32nd minute and had completed his hat-trick 16 minutes later.
Soucek – three shots, three goals
Jakub Jankto and Antonin Barak were the other goalscorers for the Czech Republic in their spring stroll.
Soucek and his teammates have a much sterner test ahead of them, however.
Next up are Belgium, who the Czech Republic haven’t played since 2017. They lost 2-1 that time, with Michy Batshuayi and Marouane Fellaini scoring for the Red Devils.
Belgium are even more fearsome these days, with a star-studded squad that includes Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens.
It’s safe to say Soucek will have a much tougher challenge on Saturday (7.45pm).
Back to business
West Ham supporters are familiar with Soucek’s goalscoring talents, the 26-year-old has netted nine times for their side.
When the international break is over, West Ham travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, 5 April (8.15pm).
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