Star goalkeeper Petr Čech reached a milestone on Saturday by making his 400th appearance in the Premier League, a feat achieved by only five other keepers, news site iDnes reported. On the day, Čech’s club, Arsenal, comfortably defeated Stoke by a score of 4:1, with the goalkeeper turning away three shots and allowing only a controversial goal from Peter Crouch. Arsenal are chasing a final qualifying berth in the Champion’s League - one point behind Liverpool, who are fourth.
In football, Slavia Prague have opened a two point lead at the top of the Czech league. Slavia beat Bohemians 1905 3:1 in the Prague derby whereas reigning champions and previous league leaders Viktoria Plzeň drew 2:2 earlier in the day against Jablonec. There are three matches left to play in this two horse race for the title before the end of the season with Slavia also having the advantage of a better goal difference.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň saw their hopes of retaining the league title shrink after a 2:2 away draw against Jablonec. Plzeň saw a two goal lead evaporate with two second half goals from Jablonec’s Martin Doležal. The draw leaves Plzeň one point ahead of Slavia Prague, who can overtake them on Saturday evening with a Prague derby against Bohemians 1905.
In football, Sigma Olomouc have secured their return to top Czech football and the first division. The second division leaders won promotion with a 4:1 win against Znojmo. That puts them 16 points ahead of the third placed club with only five games remaining. The win against Znojmo was the seventh straight victory in a row for Sigma.
With four more rounds to go, the top two teams in Czech soccer's first division are tied on points after Slavia Prague drew 1:1 with Jablonec on Sunday evening. Slavia managed to save at least one point with an equalising goal in the final minute of regular time at their Eden stadium. The Prague side are ahead on goal difference only of defending champions Viktoria Plzeň, who had earlier beaten Dukla Prague 2:0.
Czech football league leaders Slavia Prague have been knocked out in the semi-finals of the domestic cup. Slavia suffered a surprise 1:0 defeat to Zlín in the capital on Tuesday evening when the visitors’ Lukáš Holík scored the only goal of the game. It was the Prague side’s first defeat in 24 outings. Zlín last reached the cup final in 1970.
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