In Sports News this Monday: Kvitová’s resurgence continues with WTA Elite Trophy win – Fed Cup trainer hopes it will also help deliver fifth title in six years against France next weekend; Sparta fall further behind in title race as Dočkal sees red; and reasons to be cheerful despite defeat to Russians in Karjala Tournament.
Czech football club Sparta has continued a solid run in the Europa League, downing Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva to take nine points in their group. Four stadium sections in Prague, however, were closed off on orders by UEFA’s Disciplinary Commission. The move was in reaction to inappropriate chants by Sparta fans in a previous match against Inter Milan.
The fourth round of matches in the Europa League group stage brought mixed results for the three Czech clubs in the competition. Sparta Prague took a massive step towards the next stage with a 2:0 home win against Israeli club Hapoel Beer Sheva. The opening goal resulted from a lucky deflected shot from Dočkal with Lafata extending the lead before half time. Liberec though went down 0:3 against Italian club Fiorentina and will need a miracle to progress out of the group stage. Viktoria Plzeň drew 1:1 against Romanian club Astra Giurgui and remain at the bottom of their group.
Sparta Prague are top of their group in football’s Europa League after a 1:0 away win on Thursday over Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel. The only goal of the game came from substitute Matěj Pulkrab on 71 minutes. In the same competition Viktoria Plzeň reduced their chances of advancing with a 2:1 home defeat to the Romanian side. The same goes for Slovan Liberec, who were beaten 1:3 at home to Fiorentina of Italy.
Zlín have lost for the first time this season in Czech soccer’s top flight. The club’s unexpected positive start to their 2016–2017 campaign earned comparisons in the media with Leicester City, who stunned the football world by winning the English Premier League last season. However, Zlín’s 10-game unbeaten streak came to an end on Saturday night when they went down 2:0 to Teplice. Zlín avoided relegation last season by just three points and play at a 6,000-capacity stadium.
The Czech Republic drew 0:0 with Azerbaijan in Ostrava on Tuesday night in a qualifier for the football World Cup in Russia in 2018. Coach Karel Jarolím made seven changes from the team that lost 3:0 to Germany at the weekend but the move brought no improvement up front. The Czechs have not scored any goals in three World Cup qualifiers and with only two points to date are second from bottom in their group.
The Czech national soccer team are preparing for a World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Ostrava on Tuesday night. The Czechs have only one point from the first two games in their campaign to reach Russia in two years’ time and coach Karel Jarolím says he believes his players will not allow the gap between them and group leaders Germany and Azerbaijan – both of whom are on six points – to widen.
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