Plzeň 15 points clear of Sparta after 10th win in 10; Kolář plays down title talks while Stramaccioni rues missed opportunities; Hradec trounce Pardubice in ice hockey derby; and Strýcová wins first singles title since 2011.
Plzeň 15 points clear of Sparta after 1:0 win
Sparta had a number of penalty shouts turned down and a legitimate looking goal disallowed for offside, but the only goal of the game came from the head of Plzeň’s star performer Daniel Kolář.
The West Bohemian club have won four league titles since 2011 but captain Kolář is refusing to discuss their chances of repeating that feat this term.
For his part, Sparta’s Italian manager Andrea Stramaccioni said he felt his charges deserved more out of the game.
“We were very disappointed because the team made a good performance. We didn’t deserve to lose. Of course, I don’t want to say that we deserved to win, but we didn’t deserve to lose. All the players played their best, and we had 18 shots and 11 corners. So the result is disappointing.”
Hradec hammer Pardubice in East Bohemian derby
“The first three games didn’t work out for us, in terms of either productivity or defence. Now you can see that we are on the up. We play with more confidence and take more risks with the puck than at the start of the season. I’m sure our performances will improve even further.”
Strýcová lifts first singles trophy since 2011
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has climbed one spot to 25th in the world after winning the Ladies Linz tournament on Sunday. The result ended a six-year wait for a second WTA singles title for Strýcová, who has 20 doubles trophies to her name.