Slavia Prague have put themselves in a good position to reach the Champions League group stage after beating Romanian side Cluj 1:0 away in the first leg of their final qualifying round tie. The Czech side’s goal came from Lukáš Masopust in the first half, while in the second goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář saved a penalty and the hosts hit the woodwork. The second leg takes place in Prague next Wednesday.
Sparta Prague manager Václav Jílek has accused his players of making
trivial and naive mistakes in defence after a 3:4 defeat at Mladá Boleslav
in Czech football’s First League on Sunday. Sparta have seven points out
of a possible 15 after the first five rounds of the season.
Defending champions Slavia Prague are first on 13 points after a 1:0 win over Jablonec at the weekend. Viktoria Plzen were beaten 2:0 at home by Slovácko; last season’s runners-up have now failed to score in four games.
The legendary Czech striker Josef Kadraba has died at the age of 85, the
football club Slavia Prague reported on Twitter on Monday.
Kadraba played for Slavia in the years 1965-1967 helping the club return to the first league.
He played 17 matches for the Czechoslovak national team, scoring 9 goals altogether.
In the 1962 FIFA World Cup he scored a decisive goal against Yugoslavia, helping the Czechoslovak team win the silver medal.
Reigning Czech football champions Slavia Prague maintained their perfect
start to the new season by sailing past Teplice 5:1 away in the second
round. Teplice were reduced to 10 men for almost 45 minutes of Sunday
evening’s game after Jakub Mareš was sent off.
Viktoria Plzeň and Opava also have six points from two outings after beating Liberec and Příbram, respectively, at the weekend.
The Czech Republic’s Under-19s football squad lost to Ireland in their
final group game on Sunday evening in Yerevan, Armenia by a score of 1:2.
Ireland scored first. While the Czechs would equalise with 10 minutes to go, thanks to a clever back-heel by Dynamo Dresden forward Vasil Kušej, Ireland would retake the lead thanks to Celtic’s Barry Coffey.
Like Ireland, the Czech Republic went into the match with a loss to France, the favourites, but a goal-free draw with Norway condemned them to last place in Group B.
Sunday’s result and France’s win over Norway ensured Ireland would finish second in the group. Ireland next face Portugal while France take on Spain.
The Czech Republic’s best showing at the under-19 European Championship’s came in 2011 where they finished as runners-up.
Ivory Coast international Simon Deli is reportedly leaving Slavia Prague
for FC Brugge next season.
According to press reports, the Belgian team will pay around 2.5 million euros for the 27-year-old defender.
Deli has twice won the championship title with Slavia Prague and the Czech Cup. He was also a regular player for his club in the Europa League quarter-finals this year.
Slavia Prague are crowned champions for 19th time with one round to go – coach Trpišovský says he’s relieved to have got over line; Plzeň boss Vrba says charges had successful season despite coming second; Czechs power on with fifth win in six games at hockey worlds; and Plíšková climbs to second in world with Rome triumph.