Sparta Prague beat Swiss club Lausanne in their Europa league return match 3:1 on Thursday night to considerably boost their chances of going through to the next round of the competition. Sparta came back from going a goal down early on in the game. Other results in the group also went their way with group leaders CSKA Moscow beating Palermo. Sparta are now second in the group with seven points, trailing CSKA on 12 but ahead of third placed Palermo on three points with two games still to be played.
In Sports News this Monday: Slavia Prague win the Prague ice hockey derby after scoring twice against Sparta in under 30 seconds; young Czech goaltender Ondřej Pavelec appears for Atlanta in his first game since collapsing on the ice earlier this season; soccer league leaders Viktoria Plzeň bounce straight back after their first defeat this term; and cyclo-cross world champion Zdeněk Štybar comes first for the eighth time in nine races this season.
In football, Sparta Prague have closed to gap on league leaders Viktoria Plzeň to nine points after a narrow 1:0 home win in the derby match against Bohemians 1905 on Saturday night. The win takes Sparta to second in the table. Sigma Olomouc failed to overtake Sparta, going down 0:1 against mid-table Hradec Králové on Sunday.
In football, Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzeň returned to winning ways with a 4:2 victory over Teplice on Friday night. The win extends their lead to twelve points over second placed Sigma Olomouc and Sparta Prague. Sparta can close the gap on Saturday in the local derby against Bohemians 1905. Olomouc plays mid-table Hradec Králové on Sunday. Plzeň suffered their first defeat since the start of the season last week.
The former Czech football international Pavel Nedvěd has been appointed to the board of directors of the Italian club Juventus. Nedvěd, who is close to Juve’s president Andrea Agnelli, was a huge success during a seven-year playing career at the club, and was named European player of the year in 2003. He made 91 appearances for the Czech Republic, captaining the side for several years.
Sparta Prague drew with Lausanne in a Europa League group game in the Czech capital on Thursday night. The Czech champions had been 3:1 up after 75 minutes when the Swiss team scored twice – including one goal deep into injury time – to level the game at 3:3. Sparta remain second in the group behind CSKA Moscow. Their next game in Europe’s second tier competition is away to Lausanne on November 4.
Police have prepared charges against the first people in an alleged corruption scandal surrounding top Czech league football, according to the daily Hospodářske noviny. Four charges have been prepared against the goalkeeper of first division Sigma Olomouc and the manager of the then first division outfit Bohemians Prague and two players of accepting bribes. The alleged corruption took place before a game in May 2009. The Bohemians manager said in March this year that he advised players to take the cash offered saying he would contact the police later. But he did not get in touch till several months later. Olomouc, now second in the league, could face punishment for the affair this year with one possible sanction being banishment to a lower league.
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