In Sports News this Monday: Sparta take another step closer to first title in four years with win over relegation-threatened Slavia, while Plzeň fall further off pace; bottom placed Ostrava sack František Komňacký; and Kladno are relegated from hockey’s Extraliga as Zlín reach the playoffs final.
Sparta edge closer to league title with derby win
However, there was a record 38-point gap between the clubs going into the game and that gulf was reflected in their performances as Sparta made relatively light work of the old enemy with a 3:0 win through goals from captain David Lafata, Josef Hušbauer and Bořek Dočkal.
Sparta midfielder Ladislav Krejčí said he and his teammates had a healthy respect for Slavia despite the fact that the latter currently find themselves battling to stay in the top flight.
“Of course we had to be careful. It was a kind of tricky derby. They aren’t doing well and we’re at the top of the table. But we didn’t underestimate anything, and I have to say we all gave 100 percent and we had the game under control for pretty much the whole time. We didn’t give Slavia a chance, though of course anything is possible. I believed we’d succeed, and when we scored the third goal it was all over.”
Plzeň fall further off pace after draw with Jihlava
Reigning champions Viktoria Plzeň could only manage a 1:1 home draw with Jihlava on Sunday, leaving them a full 10 points behind Sparta with only six rounds remaining.
Ostrava sack Komňacký after latest defeat…
… while Bohemians inch closer to safety
Above them are Bohemians 1905, who now have 22 points after a crucial 3:1 victory over Teplice. Slavia, Znojmo and Brno (with a game in hand) are on 23 points – ensuring there will still be drama at one end of the table at least between now and the end of May.
Kladno exit Extraliga after 12 years
“It’s nothing to be happy about. We know that every player wants to be in the playoffs but we were in the playoffs to stay in the division. No hockey player wants to go through that. I don’t know what to say. We’re all pissed off but it’s our own fault – we didn’t perform well this season. That’s it – what else can I say?”