Slavia Prague defeated French team Girondins Bordeaux at home crowd 1: 0 on
Thursday evening in the opening match of the Europa League group stage.
Czech midfielder Jaromír Zmrhal, who scored the only goal of the match, described it as the most beautiful one of his career. Meanwhile, Jablonec lost 2:1 to French side Stade Rennes.
Slavia Prague have replaced Viktoria Plzeň at the top of the Czech soccer
league after a 4:0 victory over reigning champions in the capital. In a
dramatic game the hosts opened the scoring after just three minutes through
Souček and were awarded two penalties, converting one. The visitors had
defender Hubník sent off five minutes before half-time.
Previously Plzeň had taken the maximum points in the opening six round of the league and Slavia are only in front of them on goal difference.
The Czech high jumper Jaroslav Bába has announced his retirement, a week
before his 34th birthday. Bába’s greatest success came with a bronze
medal at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, when he was just 19.
The athlete told Czech Television that he had reached the top at a very young age and that that fact was now telling on his body. Bába, who also came third at the 2004 World Athletics Championships, holds the Czech indoor and outdoor high jump records.