High loss in Pilsen
We lost the third match of the group of champions to Viktoria Plzeň. After a decent start of the match, Sparta got two goals in each halves and a result is 0-4.
Michal Horňák made changes in the line-up. Plechatý was in the staring eleven for the first time since the fourth spring round. Chipciu played as the wing midfielder and Adam Hložek as a striker, because. Drchal is injured.
Sparta started actively and had two corner kicks in the first few minutes. In both cases domestic defence led by former Spartan Jakub Brabec handled the situation.
Viktoria had the first big chance of the match in the ninth minute. Kayamba went alone after beautiful cross. Milan Heča ran out against him and eliminated his attempt.
Heča was in action again after twenty minutes. The Spartan goalie pulled out a Kayamba’s cross from the right, followed by Hrošovský's defeat to be blocked by the defenders.
In the 24th minute, Plzeň got to the lead. Beauguel extended the ball after a corner kick, and Hořava snt the ball into the net. At the end he kicked Milan Heča's to the face. Spartan goalie was then in care of our medical team.
Plzeň had another chance five minutes before the break, when Kayamba missed the target.
Unfortunately, the home team added another goal before the half-time. Kopic pushed the ball to right to Hrošovský and he crossed and free Kovařík sent the ball into the empty goal.
Sparta's performance was not ideal in the first half and Coach Horňák made two substitutions. Kanga replaced Hašek in the midfield, and Ćivić replaced Zahustel.
Sparta had the first chance of the second half. Karlsson shot, Hruška performed a great save and pushed the ball to the post. In the 58th minute home team was close to the third goal. Hořava headed in the box, Heča pushed the ball to the corner.
Unfortunately, we've already got another goal a minute later. Fast Kovařík went alone after big mistake of our defence, Heča ran out against him and the Plzeň midfielder easily sent the ball to the net. 0-3.
We immediately got another hit. Kopic took the ball in the middle of the field, changed the ball with Beaguel, and scored the fourth goal.
Heča saved Sparta from the fifth goal after 73 minutes. Kopic passed through the Spartan defence and finished in the box. Heča pushed out his attempt, then Chipciu cleared the situation in our box.
Nothing more happened and Pilsen gave us the same high defeat as we did in the regular season.