Against the odds Sparta Prague have made the last 16 of football's most prestigious club competition, the Champions League. Marek Kincl, whose last minute goal against Lazio led to joyous scenes at Letna on Tuesday, says it was nothing less than the fulfilment of a childhood dream. Meanwhile, Lazio's Jaap Stam rues his side's missed chances. In other football news, Miroslav Beranek has stepped down as manager of Slavia, while in ice hockey Pardubice's long undefeated run came to an end on Tuesday.
Sparta reach last 16 in Champions League with last-minute miracle goal
"For every footballer a game like that is a kind of dream. I've always imagined that some day I would play in such a game, when I would get a goal like that and decide everything. It's a footballer's dream and tonight I fulfilled that dream. It was a great feeling; I was happy and emotional at the same time. It's hard to describe the feeling."
"Everybody wants to play in the Champions League and everybody wants to get as far as possible, and if you don't get there it's quite disappointing. We had more chances than they did, but they scored a goal and that's what it's all about in football, to score goals. If you don't score goals then it's hard to win the game, isn't it?"
Beranek steps down as manager of troubled Slavia
Miroslav Beranek this week stepped down as manager of Slavia Prague, exactly two years to the day after taking over at the club. He is expected to be replaced by Liberec trainer Josef Csaplar. The first half of the season did not go well for Slavia, and a large question mark remains over if and when the club will get a new stadium.
Pardubice's long undefeated run in hockey league brought to end by
Sparta The Czech ice hockey Extraliga's runaway leaders Pardubice were beaten for the first time in 16 games on Tuesday, going down 2:1 to Sparta Prague; that result, which owed a lot to veteran goaltender Petr Briza, saw Sparta advance to third in the table. Slavia Prague remain in second place, after a 6:2 win over Pilsen.