Winning start for Czech coach
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Ivan Hasek's reign in charge of the Czech Republic got off to a winning start with a 3-1 success over Belgium in an international friendly in Teplice.

Hasek, who took over last month for the remainder of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying campaign, saw his side go behind to Jan Vertonghen's 12th-minute opener.

But Roman Hubnik levelled shortly before the half-hour mark and Milan Baros gave the visitors the lead with a penalty four minutes before the break.

Michal Kadlec sealed the win in the 78th minute for the Czechs, who are languishing in fourth place in qualifying Group Three, seven points behind leaders Slovakia.

Golovatenco for two
Moldova were even more convincing as they won 4-1 in Armenia, a brace either side of half-time from Victor Golovatenco setting them on their way.

Ararat Arakelyan halved the deficit in the 75th minute, but there was to be no comeback from the hosts as Valeriu Andronic and Aleksandr Epureanu with a 90th-minute penalty added further goals for Moldova.