The 15th round of the FORTUNA:LIGA saw SK Slavia Praha triumph at Andrův stadion, defeating Sigma Olomouc 3-1. In front of 8,897 spectators, the first half was framed by goals from Conrad Wallem and Michal Tomič, while Václav Jurečka sealed the victory at the beginning of the second half.
Compared to Thursday's clash with AS Roma, the starting eleven saw four changes. In the midfield, the recovered Oscar Dorley joined Petr Ševčík, making a return to the starting lineup after almost two months. Petr Ševčík, who spent a significant part of his career in Haná, took to the field alongside goalkeeper Aleš Mandous. Conrad Wallem and Michal Tomič operated on the wings, with Muhamed Tijani assuming the role of the striker.
In their 300th match under the guidance of Jindřich Trpišovský and his coaching team, the Sewn Ones started exceptionally well. In the 4th minute, Petr Ševčík, returning to the starting lineup, delivered a cross from the right, and Conrad Wallem was the first to reach the ball. The Norwegian midfielder's header left goalkeeper Digaňa short - 0:1!
Towards the end of the first quarter-hour, following a foul by Lukáš Masopust, Sigma had an opportunity from a direct free-kick deep in the field, and the powerful header from Olomouc's Pokorný found the space next to the front post - 1:1.
Slavia had a great chance at the beginning of the third ten-minute period when Wallem fired a shot inside the box after Lukáš Provod's cross, but his attempt ended up blocked.
Eight minutes before the end of the first half, Jurečka initiated a quick break, and Provod's subsequent shot missed the post. Moments later, Holeš tried to draw attention to the Haná goalkeeper, but the score remained unchanged.
In the 43rd minute, Petr Ševčík handed the ball to Lukáš Provod on the left side of the field, who sent a sharp cross. Michal Tomič, positioning himself well in front of the goal, returned the lead to Slavia with a shot to the left post - 1:2!
The first half offered no further goals, and the Slavia players went to the locker rooms with a one-goal lead. In the second half, Slavia made two changes, with Tomáš Vlček and Mick van Buren replacing Igoh Ogbua and Muhamed Tijani.
Five minutes after the referee's whistle, a cross from the right reached substitute Mick van Buren, whose acrobatic shot was saved by goalkeeper Digaňa in a leap. On the other end, Juliš escaped after Vlček's hesitation, but Aleš Mandous safely caught his shot in his gloves.
In the 56th minute, Václav Jurečka received the ball on the right side, shot with his weaker foot from the edge of the box, and with the help of a deflection off Olomouc's Pokorný, the net rippled behind Digaňa - 1:3!
Twelve minutes before the end of the playing time, Slavia made their second substitution. Petr Ševčík and Václav Jurečka were replaced by Jakub Hromada and Mojmír Chytil. The fans welcomed Chytil back to Andrův Stadium with loud applause.
From the ensuing situation, Fiala rose for a dangerous header, but Aleš Mandous shone with an excellent save. Seven minutes before the end, the Slavia coaching team made their final substitution, replacing Michal Tomič with Andres Dumitrescu.
The rest of the match in Haná did not offer anything significant, and Slavia secured a two-goal victory over Sigma. The next match for Jindřich Trpišovský's team is scheduled for Saturday, November 25, at Fortuna Arena, where they will host České Budějovice. The kick-off for the 16th round of the FORTUNA:LIGA is set for 18:00.