Pavel Vrba made one change in the starting line-up for the match in Liberec. Punished Hejda was substituted by Luděk Pernica. The score was opened right several minutes into the game by Tomáš Hořava, Patrik Hrošovský secured the victory by a 90th-minute goal.
play-offs, Sun 19th May 2019, 15:00, Stadium U Nisy
Liberec: Nguyen – Fukala, Kacharaba, Mara, Hybš – Breite, Oscar – Potočný (78. Micovčák), Sýkora, Pešek (46. Koscelník) – Musa (64. Pázler)
Plzeň: Hruška – Řezník, Pernica, Brabec, Limberský (55. Pačinda) – Hořava, Hrošovský – Kopic (79. Petržela), Kayamba, Kovařík – Beauguel (72. Chorý)
Goals: 8. Hořava, 90. Hrošovský (pen.), YC: Musa, Oscar – Pernica, Kopic, Řezník, Hořava, Chorý, Referees: Franěk – Kříž, Kotalík
A very successful opening of the match from Viktoria’s side was crowned by a goal from 8th minute scored by Tomáš Hořava. He linked to his shooting form from recent weeks. In front of the box he took a crossed ball from Kayamba and by his left foot he scored to the upper righ corner.
The home team first attempted to response during first half by Peter Musa – first, he headed off the goal and later his shot was inaccurate again. Musa tried to shoot quickly but slided down. Potočný also had an effort on goal later but even he did not make Hruška busy.
Soon before the break Mara shot on goal from a long distance and his attempt flew to back upright, however, Aleš Hruška jumped bravely, rebounded it off and saved his team’s margin.
Second half did not offered much interesting game. Little bit more active Liberec produced several chances but none of them threatened Aleš Hruška. On the contrary, Viktoria hit at the end of the match for the second time. In the 90th minute Patrik Hrošovský took a penalty kick and completed the final score to 2-0 for Plzeň.
Pavel Vrba’s Commentary
“First half was better from our team, we took advantage from one chance and went in leading. In second half we didn’t let our opponent to perform their game much, our patience won because we waited for chances and then hit.“ Vrba also spoke about Slavia having won the title. “To be fair we have to admit Slavie deserved to win the title. We gained a record number of points involving the play-off, too, but our opponent had an amazing season.“