It took six long years but Slavia Prague have finally beaten fierce rivals Sparta in the biggest game in Czech league football, the Prague "S" derby. Slavia got off to a slow start at Strahov on Sunday evening, going 1:0 down after four minutes and then missing a penalty. But the hosts got one goal back in the first half, and then scored three in quick succession in the second to run out 4:1 winners and become - for now at least - kings of the city. Here's Slavia boss Karel Jarolim, who in his playing days appeared in many Prague derbies for the club.
"We didn't start well, we were chaotic, but the turning point came when we equalised after half an hour. Then we started playing the way we wanted to play from the start - we were more aggressive, more active and we punished their mistakes in defensive. So I'm totally satisfied with the second half performance."
Karel Jarolim's opposite number Stanislav Griga also experienced many a Prague derby in his day, as a Sparta player. But this is one clash he won't remember fondly.
"We learned two unpleasant things during this game. The first is that in the second half we weren't up to it physically, either in terms of running or aggression. And the second thing is our defense - it wasn't the first time it's happened, but we really showed a lot of shortcomings at the back."
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