Prague, Czech Republic – Slavia Prague will join Viktoria Plzen in the next round of the Europa League after a stunning 2-0 victory over Zenit Saint Petersburg, who were already qualified.
After Viktoria Plzeň qualified by finishing third of its Champions League group, it is the first time since 2013 that two Czech teams have qualified for the round of 32 of the Europa League. The Czech champions were able to reach the round of 16 last year, but eventually lost to Sporting Portugal in extra-time.
The two Czech sides of Viktoria Plzen and Slavia Prague are now the only teams left representing Central Europe in top European competitions as Jablonec (northern Czech Republic) could not save its skin despite its surprising first victory of the competition against Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine.
The two Czech teams, supported by a whole nation of football fans, will have to wait until Monday to know their respective opponents and could be drawn against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Valencia, which should bring exciting games the Doosan Arena and Sinobo Stadium next year. Both legs will take place on 14 and 21 February.
Slavia Prague are owned by Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy.