Baník Ostrava have drawn level on points with Sparta Prague at the top of the Czech soccer league with only four rounds remaining this season. Baník beat Bohemians 1905 in the capital on Monday evening to reach 54 points, the same number as Sparta who have a superior goal difference of four. The two clubs, whose fans are bitter rivals, will go head to head in Ostrava next Sunday in a game that could decide who wins the Czech title.
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Baník Ostrava have drawn level on points with Sparta Prague at the top of the Czech soccer league, after a 1:0 away victory over Liberec on Monday evening made it five wins in five games for the north Moravian side. With five games remaining this season, both teams are on 51 points. The closeness of the title race means all eyes will be on a match between the top two at Baník Ostrava’s Bazaly stadium in two weeks’ time.
In Sports News this Monday: Pardubice make home advantage pay to go 2:0 up in the Extraliga final, with young forward Daniel Rákos and veteran goalie Dominik Hašek making most headlines; Sparta Prague drop two points in the race for the Czech league title and have to see out season without goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek; and Czech javelin star Barbora Špotáková is named an “ambassador” for the new Diamond League.
For fans of the Prague soccer club Bohemians 1905, the year 2010 is shaping up to be the end of an era. Due to several architectural shortcomings that would cost millions of crowns to fix, the club will have to leave its storied Ďolíček stadium in Vršovice. But some Bohemians fans believe that the real reason behind the club’s move is a different one. Sarah Borufka reports.
In football, the Czech football association’s disciplinary committee
imposed a record 6.0 million crowns fine and deducted 20 points from the
club for failing to play in a Gambrinus League game on Saturday. The points
deduction guarantees automatic relegation. The committee also banned
striker Marek Kincl from holding the captaincy for two years and banned
club boss Karel Kapr from holding any post connected with the game for the
same period. Kapr said the club would appeal.
Earlier, Bohemians 1905 was awarded three points and a 3:0 win over Bohemians Praha. The refusal of Bohemians Praha to play amounts to one of the biggest scandals to hit the top Gambrinus league in recent years. The two clubs have been conducting a legal battle and war of words over the right to use the Bohemians name. Bohemians Praha has called for European football’s governing body, UEFA, to intervene in the dispute.
In a major fixture of the Czech football season, Sparta Prague beat city rivals Slavia 1:0 on Monday. The host Sparta, a strong favourite for this year’s title, was on the defensive throughout much of the first half, with defending champions Slavia wasting some good opportunities. But in the 39th minute, Sparta threw the ball in front of the goal where it re-bounced before Sparta’s Libor Sionko drove it in. In the second half, Slavia was pushing to equalize but Sparta would not let that happen. After Monday’s win, Sparta Prague is leading the table with two points ahead of Baník Ostrava, six rounds before the end of the season. Slavia, down at eight place, has lost any viable chance of defending the league title.
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The new manager of Slavia Prague football club František Cipro continued his winning start with a 3:0 home win over Bohemians 1905 on Monday evening. In his first game in charge on Thursday, Slavia beat their biggest rivals Sparta Prague 1:0 in the first leg of the Czech cup quarter-finals. Cipro replaced Karel Jarolím as boss after the latter parted company with Slavia following a run of poor results; during Jarolím’s five years in charge the club won back-to-back league titles for the first time in decades and reached the Champions League for the first time ever.
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