Sparta Prague remain three points behind at the top of the Czech soccer league after a 2:0 win over Mladá Boleslav on Sunday. Sparta’s 20th win in 21 home games saw recent signing came after leaders Viktoria Plzen grabbed three points with a 1:0 win over Teplice. Sparta beat Krasnodar 1:0 in the first leg of a Europa League tie this week and travel to Russia for the second leg on Thursday.
In football, Sparta Prague got off to a promising start in the first leg of their Europa League home tie against Russia’s Krasnodar in Prague on Thursday night. Sparta won the tie 1:0 thanks to a 64 minute header by young striker Lukáš Juliš. The win puts Sparta on course for the quarter finals of the competition if they can hold Krasnodar to a draw or better in the second leg. Sparta are the only Czech team remaining in European club competitions.
In football, Sparta Prague are facing the upcoming Europa League tie against Russia’s Krasnodar with top striker and captain David Lafata unlikely to play. Lafata has been nursing a muscle strain for several weeks which resulted in him missing Saturday’s league match and most of the previous warm up games. The two leg tie against Krasnodar takes place in Prague on Thursday night. Sparta are the last Czech club remaining in European competitions.
A deal paving the way for a clash between Czech-Slovak football clubs at the end of this season is ready to be signed, the head of the Czech Football Association Miroslav Pelta announced on Wednesday. The clash should take place at the end of the season between the cup winning clubs from each country. Pelta said full details would be unveiled in May. Associations in both countries have been seeking ways of boosting their cooperation sundered with the split of former Czechoslovakia in 1993.
London football club Arsenal got back on winning form after four winless matches, taking all three points against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday. The Gunners got goals from Özil and Oxlade-Chamberlain while goalkeeper Petr Čech made several key saves late in the match to retain the clean-sheet, his twelfth with Arsenal this season. The final score was 2:0. The result puts the Gunners within three points of league leaders Leicester. The two clubs face each other next weekend in a match which could go a long way in deciding who wins the title this year.
In football, Czech captain and Arsenal midfielder Tomáš Rosický has reportedly torn his thigh muscle and looks like he will be out for the rest of the season. The player was injured at the weekend in a FA CUP encounter with Burnley. An update on his condition was given by the English daily, the Sun. For Czech supporters the news puts a big question mark over Rosický’s participation in the European Championships starting in June.
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