Updates: 31.12.2021 13:44
Released: 31.12.2021, 13:40
Prague – The international football Sparts crushed Slavia 11: 4 in the New Year’s Eve derby and achieved their highest win in history. The Letna team won only the ninth victory in the 35th year of the traditional Prague rivals, but did not lose for the fourth time in a row. David Lafata scored five goals on artificial grass in Eden, the hat-trick was still recorded by the league player Mladá Boleslav Marek Matějovský. In the match of veterans over 45 years, the teams broke up amicably 5: 5 for the second time in the last three years.
The New Year’s Eve derby took place after a one-year hiatus, last year it was not played due to the coronavirus situation. Due to measures against the spread of the disease, this time they could not reach the auditorium on the Eden campus.
In the international derby over the age of 35, Sparta had a stronger line-up on 2×25 minutes with two still-active league players, Matějovský and Jablonec from Tomáš Hübschman. From the beginning, the Letna team confirmed their role as the favorite and showed a number of handsome combinations and goals.
The cooperation between Matějovský and the former gunner Lafata worked especially for the Spartans. The first nominee shone at the end of the opening act with a successful long-range shot, which he adjusted to 5: 2, after the change of sides he then amused the present with a clever dredger through goalkeeper Martin Slavík, thus completing a hat-trick.
Lafata scored three goals in the second half, scored five times overall and was named the best Spartan player in the match. The author of two goals, Tomáš Pešír, received the same award for Slavia. Sparta recorded a record victory in the New Year’s Eve derby, its maximum so far was a 9: 4 victory from 2017. The Slavists twice defeated their opponents by seven goals in the 1990s.
The older category of veterans was traditionally played for 2×20 minutes. Former gunners Marek Kincl and Vratislav Lokvenc were sent to the two-goal lead of Sparta in the beginning, but Slavia combined better and turned the situation around by half. The coach of the league in Liberec, Luboš Kozel, has established himself. Teplice coach Jiří Jarošík again played for Sparta in the international category.
Slavic veterans increased after the change of sides and seemed to be heading for the seventh victory in history. But Sparta equalized with two goals by Lukáš Hartig and won the draw in the penultimate minute. The veterans parted ways in the derby amicably for the ninth time in the 18th year.
35. New Year’s Eve international football derby – players over 35 years (2×25 min., Balance after the match 21-5-9):
Slavia Prague – Sparta Prague 4:11 (2: 5)
Goals: 11th and 42nd of pen. Táborský, 20th and 30th pen. Pesir – 10., 17., 32., 41. and 50. Lafata, 25. + 1, 31. and 35. Matějovský, 2. Zelenka, 12. Voříšek, 43. Lost from pen.
Slavia: Slavík – Dosoudil, L. Došek, Hyský, Kalivoda, Klinka, Koubek, Müller, Pešír, Šmíd, Štohanzl, Volešák, Táborský, Ulich.
Sparta: Blazek – Cizek, Flachbart, Hübschman, Jarosik, Kucera, Lafata, Matejovsky, Straceny, Vorisek, Vidlicka, Zelenka.
18. New Year’s Eve football derby veterans – players over 45 years (2×20 min., Balance after the match 6-9-3):
Slavia Prague – Sparta Prague 5: 5 (3: 2)
Goals: 24. and 30. Koubek, 13. Kozel, 18. Janoušek, 20. Ulich z pen. – 30. and 39. Hartig, 5. Kincl, 6. Lokvenc, 25. Novotny.
Slavia: Winter – Janousek, Jeslinek, Jindracek, Koubek, Kozel, Kuka, Machacek, Medynsky, Rehak, Ulich, Vesely, Zakostelsky.
Sparta: Zítka – Budka, Denk, Frýdek, Hartig, Horňák, Kincl, Lokvenc, Margolius, Novotný, Vrabec.