In Sports News this Monday: Czechs top medals table at “home” judo European Open – gold winner Krpálek is looking forward to Rio; scandal as football ref allows player to continue despite two yellow cards; Liberec set records on way to winning Extraliga regular season; and snowboarder Ledecká wins World Cup Crystal Globe in Turkey.
London football club Arsenal, third in the Premier League, fell 3:2 to a young Manchester United side on Sunday, a result which Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech called a step back after Arsenal’s recent win over league leaders Leicester. Arsenal are in third spot, five points behind the leaders, while Tottenham Hotspur are second. The last time the Gunners won the league title was in 2004.
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.
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