AC Sparta Praha

A win that means the third spot

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20. 5. 2017 | 19:30 back to news

Sparta made no mistake at Letná and defeated Hradec Králové 3-2. The win secured them the third place one match before the season ends.

Mario Holek got injured before the match, so the coaches had to replace him surprisingly with Vyacheslav Karavaev. Ondřej Zahustel got the chance as the right back and returned after an injury, as well as Václav Kadlec, who started as the right wing.

It was Václav Kadlec to open the score after a slow start. Vatajelu got the ball to him in the box, Kadlec turned around and Hradec goalkeeper Ottmar didn’t have a chance at the near post.

Josef Šural then doubled the lead for Sparta from a similar combination. Vatajelu crossed the ball from the right, Šural got it in the box, turned around and beat Ottmar again.

David Lafata added the third in the second half after a nice feed by Šural to make it 3-0.

Sparta were close to score the fourth as well, but headers by Šural and Lafata hit the post and were saved by Ottmar, respectively.

Hradec Králové finally changed the score with the fulltime whistle approaching. Karavaev redirected Šípek’s long range effort and Bičík was unable to react, then Vlkanova headed it in in the very end of the match.

The 3-2 win means the third spot for Sparta, while Hradec Králové are relegated to the second division.



AC Sparta Praha – FC Hradec Králové 3-2 (2-0)

Goals: 23. V. Kadlec, 31. Šural, 55. Lafata – 69. Šípek, 90. Vlkanova

Booked: Juliš - Mudra, Martan, Plašil

Sparta: Bičík - Zahustel, Karavaev, M. Kadlec, Hybš - Vácha, Sáček - V. Kadlec (73. Juliš), Lafata, Vatajelu (89. Čermák) – Šural (86. M. Frýdek).

Hradec Králové: Ottmar - Plašil, Bederka, Čech, Mudra (81. Vlkanova) - M. Černý, Malinský (46. Trubač), Janoušek, Schwarz, Martan – Pázler (46. Šípek).

Match officials: Jílek - Kubr, Boček.

Attendance: 8234.

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