Ten-man Brno overwhelmed
Tuesday, 5 July 2005
Central Slovakia 6-0 JMKFS Brno An early red card enables the Slovakians to ease to victory in Proszowice.
The dismissal of JMKFS Brno's goalkeeper prompted a comfortable 6-0 win for Central Slovakia in their UEFA Regions' Cup Group A encounter in Proszowice.
The Czech side, who started the competition with a 3-1 defeat against South-West Region-Sofia, needed a win to stay in contention for a final place and had started brightly with Central Slovakia's goalkeeping hero in their opening 1-1 draw with hosts Malopolska, Peter Pernis, making a couple of fine early saves. However a defensive error at the other end was to allow Lubomir Luptak to open the scoring for the Slovaks with a neat finish after 22 minutes.
A drama swiftly became a crisis for Ladislav Bedrich's side after goalkeeper Ladislav Vymazal raced out of his box to dispossess Central Slovakia forward Jaroslav Sidlo. The No16 caught his opponent with a high boot, and the referee was left with no choice but to show him the red card after 30 minutes.
While Vymazal's replacement Jaroslav Flicek was to make a number of fine saves in the remaining hour of football, he could not stop the tide turning in the Slovaks' direction, as a Marián Berky cross following a corner allowed Bohus Drugda to double the advantage with a headed finish after 35 minutes.
Any slender hopes of a Czech comeback were to be extinguished two minutes into the second half as Jozef Letrik made it 3-0 with a fine lob from the edge of the penalty area, and things continued to go from bad to worse for Brno after Igor Obert was brought down in the penalty area. Drugda gratefully converted from the spot after 80 minutes.
A long throw-in from Pavel Pracko led to Ján Petrák's side's fifth goal as midfield player Michal Kempny contrived a one-on-one with Vymazal and finished precisely. Luptak completed the scoring at the end of the match, gathering a through-ball from Drugda to beat the goalkeeper in another one-on-one situation.
The match leaves Central Slovakia needing a win against leaders South-West Region-Sofia in the final Group A game on Thursday to book a final appointment with Vasca in Proszowice two days later. Meanwhile, Brno and the remaining Group A side, Malopolska, have lost any chance of making the final and the Czech team must defeat the hosts to move out of bottom place.