There were mixed results for Czech clubs in their Europa League
qualification group games on Thursday night.
Slavia Prague lost 0:2 at home to Spanish club Villarreal, their first defeat in the competition so far, but still slip to third place in the qualification group.
Viktoria Plzeň beat Italian club Lugano 4:1 and are now second in their Europa League group.
Zlín lost 0:3 to Copenhagen and with just two points in the group just a slim mathematical chance of going further in the competition.
Andrea Hlaváčková lifts Singapore doubles title with Babos – and promptly splits from Hungarian; Plíšková slips to fourth after exiting WTA Finals in semis; Sparta overcome Ostrava but latter’s Baroš insists his team could have done better against “average” side; and Plzeň make it 12 league wins in a row for maximum points so far this season.
In football, Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzeň consolidated their lead
at the top with a 3:1 win over Karvina.
Plzeň went two goals up after slack defending before Karvina pulled one back and believed they had equalised in the 56th minute. The goal was controversially disallowed for an earlier foul.
Plzeň went on to score again. Plzeň now have a 14 point lead on second placed Slavia Prague, which have a game in hand.
In football, there’s been more misery for Sparta Prague. In the main Czech cup competition, the MOL Cup, they lost in the last 16 to Baník Ostrava. Sparta came back twice from behind to level the match at 2:2 but lost 2:4 after penalties. Sparta manager Andrea Stramaccioni had picked out the cup competition as a priority for the club and a means to qualify for the Champions League given their poor performance so far in the domestic league. Sparta are fifth in the league, trailing leaders Viktoria Plzeň by 15 points.
A row has broken out at the top of Czech football with the head of the
reigning champions, Slavia Prague, warning that it will refuse to allow
players to be released to play for the national team.
The warning has come from Slavia head Jaroslav Tvrdík, who said he was disgusted by the attacks on national manager, Karel Jarolím, by the deputy chairman of the football association, Roman Berbr.
Jarolím was confirmed in his position on Tuesday in spite of the Czech failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Berbr, according to the news site Aktualne.cz, has continued his attacks on the manager and said that the only reason he has not been sacked is that the contract is difficult to terminate.
The Czech Republic’s national football team eked out a 2-1 win over
Azerbaijan on Thursday in World Cup qualifying.
Neither squad had any hope left of qualifying for the tournament in
Russia, with the two top spots in the group already sewn up by Germany and
Northern Ireland; but a third-place finish in the group would leave the
squad better positioned in the draw for Euro 2020.
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