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Fortuna League, Round 5: Slavia Praha – Slovan Liberec 1:0

After four league matches, coach Hoftych´s team had just 3 points. In addition, in the last three games they always left defeated, so they wanted to earn points in Eden. However, the strongest possible opponent – Slavia Prague – stood in the way. It was speculated that there would be no home-field advantage in a nearly empty stadium. But this speculation was rebutted when Masopust scored the only goal for the home side. Moreover, Liberec failed to put a single shot on target the whole match. This is one of the reasons we’re returning to Northern Bohemia without a point.
5.kolo, Saturday 10.8.2019, 19:30, Sinobo Stadium
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Slavia: Kolář - Coufal, Hovorka, Frydrych, Bořil - Souček (c) - Holeš (80. Traore), Hušbauer, Stanciu (65. Král), Masopust (73. Olayinka) - Van Buren.
Liberec: Nguyen - Mikula, Kačaraba, Karafiát, Hybš - Breite (c), Mara - Malinský (65. Koscelník), Nešický (72. Pázler), Pešek - Potočný (81. Dordič).
Goal: 39. Masopust. Yellow cards: 73. Hušbauer, 76. Coufal - 16. Potočný, 23. Hybš, 41. Kačaraba. Referees: Marek - Melichar, Vitner (VAR: Adam, AVAR: Nádvorník)


Slovan entered the match actively, but we waited until the 10th minute for the first serious chance and it was Slavia who worked it out. Liberec lost the ball in the middle of the field, where Romanian midfielder Stanciu took possession and headed straight for the goal. His drive to the gallows brushed off Nguyen's fingertips. Nine minutes later, Coufal found Holeš, who fired a low shot toward the near post. However, the guardian of the Liberec sanctuary was on the ground in time and the ball went off him. Hušbauer's shot was deflected in the 24th minute by one of his teammates.

After half an hour of play, Frydrych took advantage of Potočný's hesitation and, in a timely reaction, took the ball himself. His pass from the left was headed wide by Nešický. Six minutes later, Nešický noticed that Kolař was far from the goal and tried a surprising half-shot, but he missed the net. Then Van Buren headed on the other side, leaning over. Unfortunately, the goal came in the 39th minute. A sharp cross from the left side resulted in a header by Lukáš Masopust right in front of the goal to make it 1-0 for Slavia. Three minutes later, Stancia misfired on a free kick. We did not see another chance in the first half.

Just after the beginning of the second half, and especially after 53 minutes, it seemed that Slovan would manage a shot on goal. After a nice penetration by Breite into the area and a back pass to Karafiáta in a good position, the latter put the second ball on and then lost it. Three minutes later, Filip Nguyen had to make a great save against a twisting Shrovetide missile to the far post. Frydrych was headed for a corner kick from Liberec after a corner. For the next 15 minutes we watched Slovan’s futile attempt to find the goal, which wasn’t forthcoming. After 71 minutes, Souček got through on the right side and hit Nguyen with a header.

In the second half, Liberec seemed to play better. Slavia, however, defended fairly well and did not let the Slovan players get into good shooting positions. Hušbauer made a great block, after 83 minutes, with Nguyen's back. In another four minutes the bearded midfielder fired again. This time just high. In the 90th minute, Van Buren got into the area and hit the outside of the post. In the late going, Slovan gambled and turned over the ball to Olayinka, whose weak shot was stopped by Nguyen. Liberec tried in the second half but, unfortunately, a goal cannot be scored without a shot. Therefore, we fell 1-0 away to Slavia.

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