Viktoria Plzeň’s hopes of retaining Czech soccer’s league title have
receded further. The reigning champions were beaten 2:1 by Teplice on
Friday evening, meaning they will be a full nine points behind league
leaders Slavia Prague if the latter can beat Příbram on Sunday. There are
five more rounds after this weekend.
Meanwhile, Slavia are looking forward to playing Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Europa League following Friday’s draw. They overcame five-time winners Sevilla on Thursday in a sensational seven-goal match in Prague.
There has been no change at the top of Czech football’s First League,
with the top two teams both winning on Monday evening. Leaders Slavia
Prague maintained their three-point lead after beating Slovácko 4:0 while
Viktoria Plzeň overcame Opava 2:1.
There are eight rounds remaining until the end of the season. Plzeň are defending league champions and Slavia lifted the title two years ago.
Viktoria Plzeň can look forward to European football in the New Year after securing third spot in their Champions League group to earn a place in the Europa League. It is the fifth time coach Pavel Vrba has steered Plzeň to the spring phase of Europe’s second-tier competition – an impressive feat for a club of the West Bohemians’ stature.
Viktoria Plzeň have boosted their chances of coming third in their group
in football’s Champions League after a 2:1 away win over CSKA Moscow on
Tuesday evening. The Czech side went behind in Moscow before overturning
the deficit with goals from Roman Procházka, who had earlier missed a
penalty, and Lukáš Hejda.
With the two qualifying positions in the group won by Real Madrid and Roma, Plzeň are vying with CSKA for third spot and a place in the Europa League after Christmas. With both on equal points, Plzeň welcome Roma on the final match day in a fortnight while CSKA visit Real.