In Sports News this Monday: Sparta slip off top of table after over three months after Congo’s Delarge gives Liberec 1:0 win; new leaders Plzeň and Sparta prepare for Europa League action; Sáblíková enjoying best ever start to season, says coach after her latest feats; and Synek named Czech rower of year for sixth time.
Sparta slip from top spot for first time since early August
The result leaves the north Bohemians six points off the top one game away from the mid-point in the season and comes thanks to a perhaps unlikely hero.
Liberec’s striker Dzon Delarge has often flattered to deceive since joining the club three years ago and only started due to a long injury list.
But the Congolese international came up trumps on Sunday with the only goal of the game against Sparta, a well taken strike midway through the second half. Jindřich Trpišovský is the coach of Liberec:
“There were a lot of question marks over playing him. You never know with Delarge. In the past I’ve given him a hard time – now I’ve got to praise him. He has started fighting for his place in the sun and has shown that when he wants it, and when his head is in the right place, he can help us a lot.”
Plzeň three points clear after Ďuriš nets 11th of season
“Big two” in Europa league action Thursday
Plzeň are in action again on Thursday, when they travel to Dinamo Minsk for a Europa League clash. In the same competition Sparta play host to Asteras, a Greek side who have never won an away game in Europe.
Sáblíková breaks own Czech record in 1500m in Salt Lake City
World champ Synek again named Czech Rower of Year
Ondřej Synek has just been named Czech Rower of the Year for the sixth time ever and the third time in a row. The accolade follows the 33-year-old’s triumph in the men’s single sculls at the World Championships in France in September.
Hockey champions end Litvínov miserable run to climb off bottom
Reigning Extraliga champions Litvínov notched up their first win after a string of seven defeats on Sunday. Litvínov beat their neighbours Chomutov on penalties to move, if only on goal difference, off the bottom of the league table. Leaders Liberec, meanwhile, won their first game in three attempts with a 2:1 victory over Pardubice and are now four points clear at the other end.