The Czech Republic's two UEFA Champions League representatives warmed up for their third qualifying round second-leg ties with 1. liga victories at the weekend.
AC Sparta Praha cruised past 1. FC Synot, scoring all three goals in their 3-0 victory on Friday before half-time. Sparta, who host KRC Genk on Tuesday, were inspired by Michal Pospísil, who scored the opening goal and then laid on further strikes for Miroslav Baranek and Pavel Mares.
Hodúr the hero
Sparta stay top of the table but FC Slovan Liberec, who welcome Milan AC to the U Nisy stadium on Wednesday, are still only two points adrift after their 1-0 win at CU Bohemians Praha on Saturday. Slovakian midfield player Ivan Hodúr's splendid solo run and finish did the damage to Bohemians, who are the only team in the Czech first division yet to register a point.
Elsewhere, an own goal from former player Karel Rada put SK Slavia Praha on their way to a 3-1 victory at FK Teplice. Patrik Gedeon added second and substitute Adauto hit the target just 67 seconds into his 1. liga debut. Michal Kolomazník, playing his first match after six months out with injury, pulled a goal back for Teplice.
Spot of bother
Sunday's games included FK Jablonec 97's 2-1 win at home to FK Viktoria Zizkov, for whom Ludek Stracený missed a penalty. SK Sigma Olomouc lost by the same margin despite enjoying home advantage over ten-man 1. FC Brno, who had Milos Krsko sent off midway through the first half. Pavel Sustr's double was too much for Sigma, although Lubomír Reiter managed to score late on.
In the day's other games, FC Príbram went down 2-1 at home to FK Chmel Blsany, despite hitting the woodwork on three seperate occasions, and FK Svit Zlín drew 1-1 with FK Hradec Králové.
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