The Extraliga semi-final playoffs are now under way, and Slavia and Zlin have set the pace with convincing victories. In football, Liberec and Teplice struggle against lower-league opposition in the Czech FA cup, while amateur player Radek Vana wins a Fair Play award for exposing corruption in Czech football.
Slavia and Zlin easily win first round of play-off matches
Teplice and Liberec limp into the next round of the Czech FA Cup
The latest round of matches in the Czech FA Cup were held last night. First division side Teplice were given a fright against lowly part-timers Unicov who took a shock 1-0 lead thanks to an own goal from Petr Benat. Benat made up for his error, however, by scoring the winner after Pavel Krmas had calmed Teplice's nerves with the equalizer. Liberec also struggled against lowly opposition, having to wait until the 72nd minute for David Langer to break the deadlock against Strakonice who play in a regional division. Liberec eventually won 2-0 thanks to a last-minute goal from Miroslav Slepicka. Elsewhere, Brno won 2-0 away to Drnovice, while Sparta cruised through to the next round with a 2-0 win at home to Opava. In the Cup's other matches Pribram won 2-0 at home to Zlin while Blsany enjoyed a 2-0 win at Chocen
Radek Vana wins award for exposing corruption in Czech football
Marek Heinz to face disciplinary committee
The Czech first division's leading scorer Marek Heinz faces an anxious wait to see if he receives a possible ban for dangerous play. Heinz, who plays for league leaders Banik Ostrava, is accused of deliberately stamping on an opponent in last week's league match against Pilsen. Although no action was taken by the referee at the time, TV pictures of the incident have persuaded the Czech FA's disciplinary committee to look into the matter. If found guilty, Heinz could be suspended for several matches, which would leave Ostrava without their top-scorer just as they are trying to wrap up the league.
Strycova crashes out of Indian Wells tournament
Czech tennis player Barbora Strycova saw her progress in the Indian Wells tournament come to an end with a fourth-round defeat to world number-one Justine Henin-Hardenne. Henin-Hardenne cruised past Strycova in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.