The Czech title holders Sparta Prague had a great start in their Europa League on Thursday when they beat Italy’s Palermo 3:2 in the Czech capital. After a nervous start, Bony Wilfried scored the home side’s first goal in 17th minute. Palermo managed to draw before halftime, but Jiří Kladrubský and Václav Kadlec put Sparta back in the lead in the second half. Palermo’s Hernandez set the final score with some ten minutes left of the game. Sparta manager Josef Chovanec said the hosts owed the victory to their team spirit. The Czech champions will face CSKA Moscow on their turf at the end of the month, before hosting Lausanne in October.
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