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Leaders Slovan Bratislava defeat Nove Zamky in Slovak ice hockey league******
BRATISLAVA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Leaders Slovan Bratislava edged past bottom-ranked HC Nove Zamky 2-0 in the 22nd round of the Slovak Tipos Extraliga ice hockey league on Friday.。
HKM Zvolen built a comfortable lead against HC Kosice thanks to three straight goals in the first period. Kosice's Pavel Klhufek managed to pull one goal back for the home team, but his rallying call remained unanswered and Zvolen cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory.。
In other games, HK Dukla Ingema Michalovce lost to HK Poprad 4-5, while HK Dukla Trencin defeated HK Nitra 2-1. MHK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas whitewashed HC Grotto Presov 6-0, and HK Spisska Nova Ves eased past HC '05 Banska Bystrica 6-2. Enditem。
Poland smash Andorra in World Cup qualifier to secure play******
WARSAW, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Poland beat hosts Andorra 4-1 on Friday to secure the second place in the Group I of the FIFA World Cup European qualification.。
The game was special for Aston Villa defender Matty Cash, who made his debut for Poland coached by Paulo Sousa. The 24-year-old whose mother was born in Poland obtained Polish citizenship this month. On Friday he came onto the pitch in the 62nd minute to replace Przemyslaw Frankowski.。
The hosts had to play with 10 men from the first minute as Ricard Fernandez was sent off for hitting Kamil Glik by the elbow.。
Poland didn't have problems proving their advantage. Robert Lewandowski scored twice, while Kamil Jozwiak and Arkadiusz Milik also beat the goalkeeper. Andorra found a consolation goal just before the break thanks to Marc Vales who surprised Wojciech Szczesny.。
Poland have secured their spot in the play-offs of the qualifications. They have earned 20 points so far, five more than third-placed Albania with one game to play.。
On Monday, Poland will host Hungary, while Andorra will try to beat Albania. Enditem。
Mental strength key for Beijing medal: Ski jumping world champion******
WARSAW, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Polish ski jumping world champion Piotr Zyla ensured that he will prepare well for the Winter Olympics and "mental strength will be a key factor to achieve success" in Beijing.
Zyla stood on the highest podium at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2021 in Oberstdorf, Germany. In the new season, the main target for him is to take his first Olympic medal.
"I don't put extra pressure on myself. I try not to focus on the games. For me, the whole winter is important, although the Olympics are indeed the target event and we are to be in top shape there," the ski jumper said in a Wednesday interview for local media. "I will be ready, the mental strength is the most important."
The Poland team hasn't jumped yet on the Olympic hills in China.
"There will definitely be an additional thrill because it's an unexplored object for us. But the hill really doesn't matter. If you are in shape, you jump far. The jump technique doesn't change," Zyla claimed.
The six-time world championships medalist hopes that he will keep momentum by achieving good results until the Winter Olympics.
"You have to keep going all the time. Whenever you stay at the same level, it feels like you've taken a step back. That is why you have to take the good results all the time and push the limits of your abilities," the 34-year-old concluded. Enditem