In Sports News this Monday: Two league defeats in two weekends for Sparta – weakened side no excuse, says Lavička; Špotáková beaten for first time this season in Birmingham; Kvitová lifts New Haven title on eve of US Open; and no medals for Czechs at European Swimming Championships.
Sparta beaten by Dukla for second league defeat in succession ahead of European game
“Recently it seems that our lightness of touch has disappeared when it comes to passing and creating chances. Our creation of goal-scoring opportunities has become overly complicated. But it should be said that Dukla really defended thoroughly. But that’s no excuse for our performance. We’re lacking quality, accuracy and self-sacrifice in shooting positions.”
The only goal of the game came from Tomáš Berger, son of Sparta legend Jan Berger. That strike came midway through the first half and Dukla captain Patrik Gedeon, a former Slavia player, denied suggestions that his side had tried to shut up shop after that.
Despite that defeat, the defending champions are only three points behind leaders Slavia, who beat Viktoria Plzeň 1:0 in the capital at the weekend. Sparta welcome Dutch side Zwolle in a Europa League playoff game on Thursday after the sides drew 1:1 last week.
Špotáková beaten for first time this season in Birmingham
The Czech Republic’s Barbora Špotáková has been beaten for the first time this season. On Sunday the recently crowned European champion came second behind Elizabeth Gleadle of Canada in the women’s javelin at a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham. Špotáková’s compatriot Denisa Rosolová came third in the women’s 400m hurdles.
Kvitová lifts New Haven title on eve of US Open
Disappointment for Czechs at European Swimming Championships
The Czech team at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin left empty-handed. The biggest disappointment was for Petra Chocová, who failed to defend her 2012 title in the 50m breaststroke, finishing sixth in Sunday’s final.