Slavia Prague’s run in football’s Europa League came to an abrupt end
on Thursday night when they were defeated by Kazakh club Astana in Prague.
Astana scored in the closing minutes of the first half following a mistake by Slavia’s defence and goalkeeper. Slavia has numerous chances to equalise but did not find the back of the net. The final score was 1:0.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň booked a place in the next stage of the Europa
League after beating Romanian club FCSB at home 2:0 on Thursday night.
The win secured the Czech club second place in the group. Slavia Prague also increased its chances of further European football with an away 2:0 win against Israeli club Maccabi.
Zlín already with a slim chance of progression out of the group stage, lost 1:0 to Tiraspol and cannot go through to the play-offs.
Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilič could be lined up as the new coach of
Sparta Prague, Czech news sites reported Thursday.
The web site Seznam reported that Bilič’s agent is due in Prague next week for talks with club bosses about the possible engagement of the Croat.
Sparta are currently fifth in the Czech top league with 25 points. That’s a massive 17 points adrift from league leader Viktoria Plzeň on 42 points. The current manager of the team is Italian Andrea Stramaccioni, whose squad has failed to shine in spite of heavy spending in the transfer market.
The Czech soccer league leaders Viktoria Plzeň beat Slovácko 4:0 away on
Saturday evening. The result saw the West Bohemians take revenge after
Slovácko dumped them out of the domestic cup and equaled a club record of
16 wins in a row set two seasons ago. They also extended their Czech record
of wins from the start of this season to 14 in succession.
Despite the fact their nearest challengers also won, Plzeň are 13 points clear of the rest of the pack and a senior figure at current champions Slavia Prague recently congratulated them on “winning the league.”
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In football, Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzeň consolidated their lead
at the top with a 3:1 win over Karvina.
Plzeň went two goals up after slack defending before Karvina pulled one back and believed they had equalised in the 56th minute. The goal was controversially disallowed for an earlier foul.
Plzeň went on to score again. Plzeň now have a 14 point lead on second placed Slavia Prague, which have a game in hand.