In football, Viktoria Plzeň lost in the first leg of their Europa League
last 16 away tie against Portuguese team Sporting Lisbon 2:0.
Both goals were scored by Montero. The result leaves the Czech club with a major challenge to get through to the quarter finals when they play at home in a week.
Manager Pavel Vrba said Lisbon’s individual quality showed through in the first leg and suggested the Czechs would have to score quickly in the second leg to stand a chance of overturning the deficit.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň have booked their place in the last 16 of the
Plzeň beat Partisan Belgrade 2:0 at home on Thursday night in the second leg of the tie. That meant a 3:1 win on aggregate.
The opening goal was scored by Michael Krmenčik in the 67th minute. A second goal was added by Čermák in stoppage time. The draw for the next round takes place on Friday afternoon.
The Czech Football Association have called on the police’s organised
crime unit to investigate Czech third division club Mohelnice over
suspicions of match-fixing involving a betting mafia based in Asia, the
news website iDnes.cz reported.
A representative of the Moravia-based Mohelnice told Sport.cz that they had only heard about the move from the media but would cooperate with any investigation.
Suspicions centre on at least two games involving the club in the first half of this season. A Chinese company named Anping, which has faced similar accusations in Portugal and Ireland, entered the organisation last summer.
In football, Czech club Sparta Prague have announced a deal with English
club Newcastle United under which Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka will
leave on a free transfer to the end of the season.
A decision will then be made about his future. Sparta Prague will get Romanian keeper Florian Nita from Bucharest club FCSB under terms which have not been revealed.
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