Pavel Horváth ensured I will be dining well this week as he defied the face melting temperatures in Ostrava to inspire Plzeň to a 3-1 victory. But before I decide what side orders to enjoy with the steak, it’s well worth taking a look at the highlights of the game here.
Much of the Czech Republic was awash with glorious sunshine yesterday, surpassing 100 degrees Fahrenheit in same cities, so to see Plzeň make a lightening quick start was a surprise. The rotund figure of Horváth made use of a short corner and fired in a cross towards Marek Bakos, whose shot bounced onto the head of Francis Ševinský to set the 2010/11 champions on their way.
The match itself had a touch of déjà vu about it when Horvath’s free kick made it two nil on 28 minutes. Plzeň claimed their maiden title success with a 3-1 victory over Ostrava back in May 2011, with Horváth scoring a similar free kick. Lucky omen perhaps?
Before the game, Pavel Vrba had commented about the Brno defeat being “a slap in the face” and he reminded his players of this – not literally I hope – however, they banished the memories of the Brno horror show as Marek Hanousek made it 3-0 on 50 minutes to all but seal victory.
Ostrava substitute and the wonderfully named, Ebus Chukwubuka Onuchukwu, scored a late consolation for the hosts. His goal celebration was quite a sight and suggests he has been captivated by the London 2012 Olympic games and is angling for a place on the Nigerian gymnast team for Brazil 2016.
But, unfortunately for Viktoria Plzen and their fans the game was bittersweet as Czech international, Daniel Kolář, suffered a broken calf bone on 59 minutes and will be sidelined until October.
Elsewhere, I had recommended Stanislav Tecl to score for Jihlava against Liberec. Whilst the newly promoted side did manage to score at the home of the champions, unfortunately it fell to Marek Jungr and not the prolific Tecl.
There looks to be some good opportunities in this weekend’s fixtures and I will post my thoughts in the coming days.