Europa League: Plzeň advance after second defeat of Napoli while Sparta exit competition despite decent showing at Chelsea

Viktoria Plzeň have advanced in football’s Europa League after a 2:0 home win over Napoli which gave them a remarkable 5:0 aggregate victory over the Italian side. The goals in Thursday’s second leg came from Kovařík and Tecl. Sparta Prague, meanwhile, have exited the competition. Trailing 0:1 from the first leg in Prague, they gave Chelsea a scare when a goal from David Lafata put them ahead for a long period of the game; however, an equalizer in time added on killed the Czechs’ hopes of forcing the tie to extra time.

Author: Jan Richter