In Sports News this week: no medals so far for the Czechs at Rio but they have pulled off some surprises and comebacks on the tennis courts. In football, both league title holders Viktoria Plzeň and Sparta Prague make a stuttering start to the season. And Czechs made an impression at the Moto Surf Wold Cup in Prague.
In football, Slavia Prague have moved through to the final pre-qualifying round of the Europa League after an away 1:1 draw against Portuguese team Ria Ave. The Czechs go through on away goals after a 0:0 draw at home. Josef Hušbauer put Slavia ahead in the 22nd minute. Down to 10-men, the home team drew level in the 57th minute but were held to the final whistle. In other action, Mladá Boleslav won 1:0 against Macedonian outfit Tetovo, but that was not enough to overcome the away 0:2 defeat.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech tops the rankings of the best paid Czech sportsmen and women even after his earnings reducing transfer from Chelsea last season. Čech’s annual earnings, combining his club wage and sponsor deals, is estimated at around 260 million crowns a year, according to the Forbes magazine. That puts him well ahead of second placed Czech Jaromir Jágr, whose annual income is estimated at 154 million crowns. Jágr jumped tennis player Petra Kvitova who previously occupied the second spot.
In football, Sparta Prague have once again been eliminated from the Champions League qualifying competition. Sparta went down 0:2 against Steaua Bucharest, losing the tie 1:3 on aggregate. Sparta will now have to focus on qualifying for the Europa League. Sparta last played in the Champions League group stage 11 years ago. Earlier, Slovan Liberec kept their hopes alive of playing in the Europa League with a 2:0 win against Austria’s Admira, winning 4:1 on aggregate.
Viktoria Plzeň have reached the playoffs for soccer’s Champions League. After a 0:0 draw at home, the Czech title-holders got through on the away goals rule following a 1:1 result against Qarabag in the Azerbaijani capital Baku on Tuesday night. Plzeň left it late, however, with a Michael Krmenčík goal drawing them level with only five minutes to go. Even if the West Bohemians fail to reach the Champions League they have now earned at least a place in the Europa League, the second-tier European club competition.
The Czech football league title holders Viktoria Plzeň are preparing to face Qarabag in the Azerbaijani capital Baku on Tuesday night in the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie. Following a 0:0 result in West Bohemia last week a score draw or win would see Plzeň reach the final qualifying round of the lucrative competition. Even if they fail to make the Champions League they would be into the second-tier European competition the Europa League.
In Sports News this Monday: Title contenders need to work hard for victories and Boleslav’s Chramosta scores his first hat-trick as new Czech football season begins; Plzeň and Sparta gear up for away Champions League qualifiers; and Olympic javelin champion Špotáková says Olympics without Russian athletes “incomplete”.
The reigning Czech football league champions Viktoria Plzeň have got off to a wining start to the 2016/2017 season, beating Jilhava 2:1 away. The title-holders came from behind to draw level before Jan Kopic earned them all three points with a fine strike. Plzeň on Tuesday visit Quarabag of Azerbaijan for the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie. The first leg ended 0:0.
Austrian club Admira drew first blood against Slovan Liberec on Thursday
evening in their third round qualifying match for the Europa League but the
Czech club got two goals from Vuch to win 2-1. The second leg against
Admira will be on August 3.
In other qualifying matches, Macedonia’s Shkëndija defeated Mladá Boleslav 2-0, while Slavia Prague drew with Portuguese club Rio Ave.
Czech football title-holders Viktoria Plzeň could only manage a 0:0 home draw with Quarabag of Azerbaijan in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie on Tuesday night. A score draw or win in next week’s return leg would see Plzeň through to the final qualifying round for the prestigious competition. Sparta Prague, meanwhile, drew 1:1 at home with Romanian side Steaua Bucharest at the same stage of qualification.
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