Sparta Prague drew 1:1 with Lazio Rome in the first leg at home of the last 16 round of the Europa League. Sparta went ahead early with a superb strike by Frýdek in the 17th minute. Lazio’s Parolo equalized from close range in the 38th minute after a scramble in the goalmouth. Lazio had most of the pressure in the second half with Lazio’s Candreva hitting the post in the 58th minute. Sparta now have to score at least one goal in Rome in a week to go through to the last eight of the competition for the first time.
In football, Sparta Prague face Lazio Rome at home in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night. Coach Zděnek Šcasný says he will not be underestimating the Italian team although they are only eighth place in the Seria A league. He says he was impressed by Lazio’s last Europa League performance against Turkish side Galatasary. Šcasný refused to comment on whether Sparta top striker David Lafata will play from the start. The return leg will be played in Rome on March 17. Sparta have never made it to the last eight of the Europa League.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech could be out for up to a month after sustaining a calf muscle injury following the Wednesday night clash between Arsenal and Swansea. Manager Arsène Wenger confirmed at a press conference on Friday, ahead of the upcoming game between Arsenal and Tottenham, that Čech will be out for ‘three to four weeks, adding that the injury was serious. The 33-year-old might also miss out the preparation matches of the Czech national team against Scotland and Sweden at the end of March.
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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.
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