2017-18 HET Liga Review – Week 9: Plzeň March on

Viktoria Plzeň continued their excellent start to the season on Sunday, though they were made to work hard for their 2-1 win by Bohemians 1905

The Klokani took surprising lead moments before half-time in a move that the league leaders would have been proud of: Martin Hašek found space between the lines, drove forward, found Antonín Vaníček out wide, who then curled in a pinpoint cross that was met by Dominik Mašek.

However, in the second-half, Plzeň moved through the gears and made their continued pressure tell. Michael Krmenčík scored in the fifth successive game to level the tie before Milan Havel got a late winner. It was Havel’s first goal for Viktoria and, coming against his former side, it’ll probably be one he won’t forget.

That’s now nine in a row for Plzeň and with their win on Sunday afternoon, they have matched the record set by Sparta for the best start to a Czech league season. Pavel Vrba will have the chance to claim that record for themselves when domestic football resumes after the international break. And you guessed it, Plzeň will have to beat Sparta to do so.

Jablonec are another side in form and the zelenobílí eased to a 3-1 victory over Mladá Boleslav. Montenegrin international Vladimir Jovovič opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark with a delightful first-time finish from the edge of the area and would later add a second after the break to effectively end the match as a contest. Their win means that the Střelnice-based side have won four of their last five and are keeping tabs on the teams immediately above them, Sigma Olomouc and Slavia Prague.

Both Sigma Olomouc and Slavia Prague won, though the manner of their victories could not be more different.

At Eden, the defending champions consigned Zbrojovka Brno to their fourth successive defeat. The result signalled the end of the short tenures of Richard Dostálek and Lukáš Přerost as co-managers, who were replaced by former Plzeň boss Roman Pivarník a few days later.

While Slavia made light work of their opponents, Sigma Olomouc toiled against Vysočina Jihlava. Try as they might, Hanáci just couldn’t find a way past Jan Hanuš in the Jihlava goal. But in cruel fashion, David Houska finally found a way through with just three minutes left to play.

Roman Potočný scored a trademark left-footed rocket to give Slovan Liberec the lead against Teplice, his former club no less, in the Friday night game at the ACG Arena Na Stínadlech. David Vaněček levelled things up but late on, Jan Rezek decided to score the goal of the weekend to seal the points for the hosts.

The most entertaining game of the weekend saw Baník Ostrava fight from two goals down to secure a point from their tie with Zlín.

Against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League, Zlín made a slow start and conceded three goals in the opening seventeen minutes. Here, they started quickly and went into a commanding 2-0 lead as Adnan Džafič and Mirzad Mehanovič found the back of the net. But from a commanding position, last season’s MOL Cup winners let the game slip as Azevedo and then Milan Baroš – from the penalty spot – both scored. Two points dropped for Zlín but certainly, a point gained for Baník.

The two matches on Saturday both provided dull 0-0 draws. First, Slovácko and Karviná served up a goalless game before Dukla and Sparta followed suit in a thoroughly listless small Prague derby.

HET Liga Results

Friday 29th September

Teplice 2-1 Slovan Liberec

Saturday 30th September

Slovácko 0-0 Karviná
Dukla Prague 0-0 Sparta Prague

Sunday 1st October

Baník Ostrava 2-2 Zlín
Jablonec 3-1 Mladá Boleslav
Slavia Prague 2-0 Zbrojovka Brno
Viktoria Plzeň 2-1 Bohemians 1905
Vysočina Jihlava 0-1 Sigma Olomouc

  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 2nd October 2017