FC Slovan Liberec saw their Czech title hopes surprisingly dented by FK Teplice in a 2-0 defeat.
FC Slovan Liberec saw their Czech title hopes surprisingly dented by FK Teplice in a 2-0 away defeat today.
Unbeaten run over
The 1. liga leaders are still six points above second-placed FK Viktoria Zizkov, but the challengers have three games left opposed to Slovan's two. It was Slovan's first defeat since 23 September and ended a run of 19 league games without a loss. For lowly Teplice, it was another creditable victory after they ended AC Sparta Praha's championship ambitions last week.
At the Na Stínadlech stadium, Slovan were without the suspended Vaclav Kolousek and their opponents took full advantage. Teplice snuffed out the threat of feared striking duo Jiri Štajner and Jan Nezmar, who have hit 28 goals between them this season, and even when Slovan did appear to score, through Ivan Hodur, the 'goal' was ruled out for offside.
Another Slovakian broke the deadlock for Liberec in the 54th minute. Vladimír Leitner fired in a shot only for Slovan goalkeeper Antonin Kinsky to save it. However the ball spilled out and Leitner was on hand to fire it home. Tomás Kukol headed home the second from Michal Dolezal's free-kick in the 77th minute.