Defeat in Plzeň
Sparta played the third match in the group for title. We lost 0-3 on the pitch of the leading team of FORTUNA:LEAGUE. Plzeň scored all goals in the first half.
Sparta head coach Pavel Vrba decided for the same eleven as well as in the postponed MOL Cup final. Only injured Čelůstka and Panák could not play.
In the 8th minute Beauguel headed after the corner and sent the ball into net.
In the 21st minute Havel fired in the penalty area, his cross hit the right post and bounced to our goal.
Five minutes later, Bucha, as the last man, fouled Pešek and was sent off. The situation was confirmed by VAR.
In the 34th minute Plzeň had a free kick. Hejda was the most active player in the box and scored the third Plzeň goal.
So, we were three goals down after the first half.
Six minutes after the break, Dávid Hancko sent the ball to the net after a shot by Haraslín. But the joy was really short. The referee immediately raised the flag for offside.
In the 54th minute LK37 saw a second yellow card after contact with Řezník. So, the number of players on the pitch was equalised.
After an hour of play, Sparta had a big opportunity. After Minchev's cross, Staněk dropped the ball right in front of Čvančara who sent the ball to the goal. But Staněk stopped his header by great save.
In the 68th minute Minchev tried a shot from distance. His attempt flew over the goal.
Twenty minutes before the end Hancko saved Sparta when he kicked out a shot by Řezník on the goal line.
In the 83rd minute, Hložek shot from the corner of the box. One of the defenders sent the ball to a corner.
Sparta lost 0-3 in Plzeň.
FC Viktoria Plzeň – AC Sparta Praha 3-0 (3-0)
Goals: 8. Beauguel, 21. Havel, 34. Hejda. YC: Dočkal, LK37, Čvančara, Sáček – Beauguel. RC: 26. Bucha – 54. LK37. Referees: Černý – Caletka, Paták. Attendance: 11 389.
Plzeň: Staněk – Řezník, Santos, Hejda, Havel – Kopic (77. Trusa), Bucha, Kalvach, Sýkora (40. Pernica), Mosquera (66. Holík) – Beauguel (66. Chorý).
Sparta: Heča – Wiesner (38. Harslín), Vitík, Hancko, Højer (46. Pavelka) – Pešek (60. Minčev), Sáček, LK37, Dočkal (60. Karabec), Hložek – Čvančara.