In Sports News this Monday: Gap at top of soccer league narrows as Plzeň play out stale draw with Mladá Boleslav and depleted Sparta beat Karviná ahead of Southampton clash; Jágr ends goal drought in style; and Olympic star Krpálek named Czech judoka of year.
Gap narrows at top after Plzeň-Mladá Boleslav produces dull stalemate
“I even read betting advice that said a 0:0 result was the most likely outcome, so it could have been expected. Everybody did their jobs and there just weren’t any chances. We were hoping to make up ground on Plzeň but unfortunately it didn’t work out. But it was clear that it was a clash between two solid teams. Both sides tried to make the fewest possible mistakes and that led to the game not being so attractive.”
Sparta take three points despite absence of many regulars
“It’s a very complicated situation. At 10 this morning the doctor called to say that Lukáš Mareček had been given an infusion – that he was ill and hadn’t slept all night. So I’m glad that he even played. Right now I’m fielding all the healthy players. I’m also going to call up players from the under 19s. There’s no other way – we don’t have any other players.”
Sparta’s situation is unlikely to be much changed by Thursday, when they welcome Southampton in the Europa League. Sparta currently lead their group, two points ahead of the English club.