In Sports News this Monday: Czech soccer’s first division set for cliff-hanger finale with Plzeň’s lead on Sparta down to two points with one game to go; Hradec Králové and České Budějovice relegated as Bohemians 1905 bounce straight back from second tier; and decathlon great Roman Šebrle may well have competed for last time.
Dramatic finale in store after Plzeň lose to Liberec
Indeed, they could have hoisted the championship trophy on Sunday and t-shirts were on sale at their ground emblazoned with the word “double”, referencing the city’s recent historic first ice hockey league title. However, wearers may soon have been regretting their purchase as Plzeň lost 2:1 to defending champions Liberec.
Meanwhile, Sparta Prague picked up all three points with a 3:0 away victory over Teplice, reducing the gap to two points and meaning the title race goes down to the wire.
Plzeň’s highly experienced captain Pavel Horvath said nerves had got the better of his teammates.
Adding to the drama next weekend will be the variety of mathematical permutations to be considered. An away win against Hradec Králové would obviously make Plzeň champions and they are still very much the bookies’ favourites.
However, if Sparta beat Dukla Prague at home, a draw may not suffice for the West Bohemians – though it would if it’s a 2:2 or higher draw and Sparta win by only one goal and score two fewer than Plzeň on the day. In any case, it’s sure to be a nail-biting afternoon for fans of the two clubs.