Manchester United loanee Matej Kovar produced a stunning save to help Czech Republic qualify for the UEFA Under-21 European Championships.

The 22-year-old was making his tenth appearance at under-21 level for his country and he produced an inspired moment of brilliance.

Having won the first leg of their play-off against Iceland 2-1, Czech Republic were in the driving seat heading into last night’s second leg.

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With the Czech’s on the brink of qualification with the game level at 0-0 heading into injury time, Kovar produced a pivotal point blank save that the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Edwin van der Sar and David de Gea would have all been proud of.

Kovar, who is spending the season on loan back in his homeland with Czech giants Sparta Prague, showcased his lightening reflexes.

His teammates rushed over to the goalkeeper to thank him for bailing them out and securing qualification for next summer’s championships.

Matej Kovar produces stunning save to help Czech Republic qualify for U21 European Championships

Kovar, who spent the second half of last season on loan at League One side Burton Albion, now has an impressive six clean sheets from ten under-21 international games.

With his confidence likely to be sky high, the Manchester United youngster will no doubt be targeting registering his first clean sheet for his loan side.

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Prior to his move to Sparta Prague earlier this month, Kovar, who was signed from Slovako in January 2018, had only had two loan spells with English Football League sides Burton and Swindon Town.

Playing week in, week out in a top European league is only going to benefit his development and experience.

And with Czech Republic’s place at next summer’s under-21 championships guaranteed, Kovar could be one of the stars of the tournament.

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