The Czech football team Slavia Prague lost 1:3 to Inter Milan at the Sinobo
Stadium in Prague on Wednesday evening. With third placed Dortmund now five
points ahead of the Czech team, the loss means that Slavia is doomed to
finish last in the group and not qualify for the spring Europa League.
The game saw Inter take the lead in the 19. minute, but Slavia's Tomáš Souček equalised from a penalty before half time. A deflected shot by Lukáš Masopust in the second half could have seen Slavia go into the lead, but goalkeeper Samir Handanović managed to push the shot out for a corner. Goals by Inter's Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez then sealed the result for the away side in the last 10 minutes.
Police arrested 28 fans of the Banik Ostrava football club following a riot
after the team lost an away match against Sparta Praha by a score of 0:2 on
The visiting fans attacked local supporters, firefighters and police officers. At least one victim has been hospitalised.
Of those arrested 19 could be charged for disturbing the peace while seven may face charges for instigating a riot.
Sparta Prague manager Václav Jílek has accused his players of making
trivial and naive mistakes in defence after a 3:4 defeat at Mladá Boleslav
in Czech football’s First League on Sunday. Sparta have seven points out
of a possible 15 after the first five rounds of the season.
Defending champions Slavia Prague are first on 13 points after a 1:0 win over Jablonec at the weekend. Viktoria Plzen were beaten 2:0 at home by Slovácko; last season’s runners-up have now failed to score in four games.
The Czech football goalkeeper Petr Čech lost the final game of his career
on Wednesday night when his club Arsenal were beaten 4:1 in the final of
the Europa League by his former team Chelsea. The 37-year-old made a couple
of important saves when Arsenal were still in with a chance and was seen by
many as their best performer.
Čech holds the record for number of international caps with the Czech Republic and collected numerous trophies and set goalkeeping records during a very successful period at Chelsea.
Viktoria Plzeň’s hopes of retaining Czech soccer’s league title have
receded further. The reigning champions were beaten 2:1 by Teplice on
Friday evening, meaning they will be a full nine points behind league
leaders Slavia Prague if the latter can beat Příbram on Sunday. There are
five more rounds after this weekend.
Meanwhile, Slavia are looking forward to playing Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Europa League following Friday’s draw. They overcame five-time winners Sevilla on Thursday in a sensational seven-goal match in Prague.