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Sparta earned no points in a Sunday night thriller against Viktoria Plzeň. Despite being the better side for most of the time and having a number of goal opportunities, they conceded the only goal and lost 0-1.

Andrea Stramaccioni made only one change in his starting eleven, replacing Bogdan Vatajelu with Josef Šural on the left wing.

David Lafata had the first two chances, but missed the goal on both occasions after some lovely passes by Václav Kadlec and Jonathan Biabiany.

When the pressure was at the peak, it was the opposition to score. Hejda crossed the ball from the right and Daniel Kolář headed it over Dúbravka to open the score.

Anyway, the action was not over for the first half. Hovorka could answer right back, his header beat Kozáčik, but Viktoria defenders managed to clear the ball on the goalline. On the other side, Petržela redirected Kopic’s sharp cross and forced Dúbravka to make a brilliant save.

Slovak keeper did a great job once again early in the second half, tipping away a dangerous shot by Petržela after a quick passing play down the right side.

Václav Kadlec was the main man in all offensive efforts for Sparta. First, he had the ball in a good shooting position, but only hit Lafata, standing in the way.

Then he outrun a defender and cleverly chipped the ball over Kozáčik, but Řezník cleared the ball in front of Ben Chaim, who would only have to hit the empty net. In his final chance, his long-range shot hit the post and Ben Chaim, who tipped it in, stood in the offside position.

 

 

AC Sparta Praha - FC Viktoria Plzeň 0-1 (0-1)

Goals: 38' Kolář

Booked: V. Kadlec - Krmenčík, Hejda, Havel, Hrošovský, Zeman

Sparta: Dúbravka - Zahustel, Hovorka, Štetina, M. Kadlec - Mareček (74' Sáček), Mavuba - Bibiany (62' Rosický), Lafata, Šural (54' Ben Chaim) - V. Kadlec.

Plzeň: Kozáčik - Řezník, Hejda, Hájek, Havel - Hořava, Hrošovský - Petržela (64' Zeman), Kolář (81' Bakoš), Kopic (70' Pilař) - Krmenčík.

Match officials: Příhoda - Moláček, Kříž.

Attendance: 17134.

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