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Czech Republic round-up: Sparta back on top

Published: Sunday 24 February 2002, 22.21CET
AC Sparta Praha regained their lead in the Czech 1. liga with a 4-1 win on Sunday. features

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Published: Sunday 24 February 2002, 22.21CET

Czech Republic round-up: Sparta back on top

AC Sparta Praha regained their lead in the Czech 1. liga with a 4-1 win on Sunday.

AC Sparta Praha regained their lead in the Czech 1. liga with a 4-1 defeat of SFC Opava at the Letná stadium as Sparta put their UEFA Champions League defeat by Panathinaikos FC behind them.

Sparta back on song
Goals from Tomás Cízek and Marek Kincl put Sparta 2-0 up at half-time. Home goalkeeper Michal Spit was sent off for catching the ball outside his box in the 48th minute and Opava took advantage of their extra man less than 60 seconds later with a goal from Jan Baránek. However, Sparta steadied themselves before restoring their two-goal lead after 62 minutes through Libor Sionko's header from Cízek's cross from the right. Lukás Zelenka converted a penalty to seal the win.

Slovan go third
FC Slovan Liberec moved into third place with a 2-0 win over SK Hradec Králové. Jirí Stajner opened the scoring in the 14th minute, driving the ball home from Martin Zboncák's cross. Stajner turned provider ten minutes later, sending over a cross for Jan Nezmar to head in from close range.

Brno fight back
FC Baník Ostrava and SK Slavia Praha fought out an entertaining but scoreless draw between the fifth and sixth-placed teams while FC Brno came from behind to beat FK Drnovice 2-1, with Pavel Sustr scoring the winner six minutes from time following a cross by Zdenek Valnoha. Libor Dosek had brought Brno level in the 54th minute with a header, Drnovice having taken the lead two minutes before the break through an own goal by Petr Krivánek.

Synot triumphant
SK Sigma Olomouc lost 2-1 at 1. FC Synot. Radim Krupník gave Synot a fifth-minute lead with a spectatcular 20-metre shot. Jirí Kowalík then doubled their advantage 12 minutes before the break with a strike from a similar distance. Patrik Siegl gave Sigma hope in the 75th minute with another long-range effort but their revival came too late, with Synot goalkeeper Petr Drobisz snuffing out any hope of a late equaliser by saving from David Kobilýk.

No joy for Blšany
Lukás Jarolím scored the only goal of the game in the seventh minute for FC Príbram in their away game at FC Chmel Blšany. The result eases Príbram's relegation worries, but leaves FC Chmel Blšany second from bottom having suffered 13 defeats in 19 games.

Waterlogged pitch

FK Teplice's home clash with FK Jablonec was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Referee Jaroslav Jara made the decision 90 minutes before the game after an inspection of the surface.

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