In football, Sparta|Prague closed the gap on the leaders of the top Czech league after a 3:0 win at home against |Karviná on Sunday. Sparta remain in fifth place on 26 points but close some of the gap with league leaders Viktoria Plzeň who could only manage a goalless draw against Mladá Boleslav on Saturday. Plzeň have 33 points, two points ahead of second placed Zlín.
The Czech Republic’s footballers drew 1:1 with Denmark in a friendly in Mladá Boleslav on Tuesday night. The hosts’ goal was scored by Antonín Barák of Slavia Prague, who was making his international debut, while another newcomer, Jaromír Zmrhal, hit the post. It was the last game of the year for the Czechs, who are fourth in their World Cup qualifying group after a win against Norway on Friday.
The Czech national football squad, which had been struggling in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup got their first win on Friday evening. The team defeated Norway by a score of 2-1, getting goals from newcomers Michal Krmeníček, in his international debut, and Jaromír Zmrhal, for the first time in the starting roster. Norway got one back but overall the Czechs had more opportunities, coming close to adding a third goal.
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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.
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