World Baseball Classic – Group B in Tokyo: Czech Republic – China. Pictured from left are David Winkler and Martin Mužík in Japan on March 10, 2023.
Tokyo – A day after the historic win at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) against China, the Czech national team will challenge home Japan in Tokyo today in its second match at the tournament. The duel will be played from 11:00 CET and the Japanese baseball players will go into it as favorites, having defeated China and Korea in the previous matches and are great candidates for the overall triumph.
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The Czechs beat China in the WBC premiere on Friday after an 8:5 turnaround. Coach Pavel Chadim's men controlled most of the duel in the Tokyo Dome, but after an unsuccessful sixth inning they lost by a point and decided only in the final ninth with four points, three of which were scored by a home run by Martin Mužík.
After Japan the Czechs will face Korea and Australia. The best two teams of the group advance to the quarter-finals, the teams in fourth place are guaranteed a start at the next WBC in 2026.