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Czech Republic round-up: Sparta slump sends Slovan top

AC Sparta Praha suffered a 2-0 defeat allowing FC Slovan Liberec to take top spot.

AC Sparta Praha's title hopes took a knock today as they suffered an unlikely 2-0 defeat allowing FC Slovan Liberec to snatch top spot.

Joy for Jablonec
FC Jablonec 97 - formerly coached by Sparta boss Jaroslav Hrebik -  had not won a game at their Strelnice stadium since 19 November but they managed to pull off their first victory against Sparta since 1996. Just seven minutes into the game Martin Petráš scored the first goal after Radim Konig's free-kick and Jirí Mašek doubled the advantage in the 25th minute after an error by Sparta captain Jirí Novotny.

Slovan hit top spot
Slovan took full advantage of Sparta's slip and grabbed top spot with a 3-1 win against FK Drnovice despite being without Jiri Štajner. Ghanian striker Gyan Baffour smashed the ball to the net in 32nd minute for Slovan's first and international defender Petr Johana added a second before the break. Last season's top scorer Vitezslav Tuma hit back for Drnovice after the interval but Jan Nezmar restored the two-goal cushion.

Slavia hold their nerve
SK Slavia Praha were given a scare at home by lowly FK Chmel Blšany but came from behind to beat them 3-1. On-loan Miroslav Toth took just 24 minutes to open his account for Chmel, but Slavia captain Richard Dostalek turned the tide his side's way with two goals before Štepan Vachoušek, a recent signing from Teplice, hit a third in the last minute.

No joy for Sigma
SK Sigma Olomouc remain in relegation trouble after losing 2-1 at home to FC Príbram. Marek Špilár got Sigma off to a bad start by turning the ball into his own net but fellow Slovakian Lubomír Reiter levelled after the interval to spare his blushes. However Jan Riegel had the last word adding a second goal for Príbram.