Kopic was executed by Jablonec, in whose jersey he lifted the cup trophy 11 years ago

Kopic was executed by Jablonec, in whose jersey he lifted the cup trophy 11 years ago
Kopic was executed by Jablonec, in whose jersey he lifted the cup trophy 11 years ago

It was his match, the 34-year-old Pilsen midfielder Jan Kopic was largely responsible for Viktoria’s first two goals in the cup quarter-final at Jablonec, where they won 3-0 on Tuesday. They will now compete for the final on April 24 at home with Zlín.

Experienced midfielder Jan Kopic thanked the Pilsen boiler in Jablonec when leaving the field.

| Photo: fcv/Ondřej Pastor

First, in the 34th minute, his cross from the right side was knocked into his own net by the Serbian stopper Tekijaški, and three minutes later the experienced midfielder himself increased the deficit to 2:0. After Cheick Souaré’s pass for a change from the left.

“Cheick did it beautifully, I just set my foot in the slide and fortunately it bounced into the goal,” smiled Jan Kopic when he came to the press, but he called the leading goal far more important.

“Such matches are usually about the first goal that we managed to score,” the experienced footballer mentioned that the game was played on a difficult terrain. But that didn’t surprise the Victorians as they recently played a league game in Jablonec and claimed three points with a 2-1 win.

The Victorians made it to the semi-finals of the domestic cup, winning in Jablonec

“We knew what we were getting into, that it wasn’t going to be a fluke. We came here mainly with the goal of advancing,” Kopic confirmed that the task sounded clear. Especially after Saturday’s league defeat at home against Liberec (1:3).

“The league got away from us, Sparta and Slavia are ahead, so the cup is important for us. But that’s for Jablonec as well,” he reminded that both teams went from the MOL Cup to cup Europe. But the Victorians put a stop sign on Jablonec with two goals at the end of the first half.

The 3:0 victory was then sealed by Cheick Souaré after the break.

It was the first goal for Kopic this season on the Czech stage, he has not yet made his mark in FORTUNA:LIZE, although he belongs to the starting line-up.

“I’m not used to it, it doesn’t fit me there. I’m playing quite well, I can handle it physically, but I don’t have the numbers,” Kopic hoped to break the bad luck with a goal in Jablonec.

“Hopefully it will break now and there will be some more goals,” wished the experienced midfielder, who was also thinking about winning the cup trophy. There are two last steps left to earn it.

“We knew that if we could do it in Jablonec, we had Zlín at home. We will be favourites, and not going to the final would be a big failure, so be it. We have to beat Zlín at home,” said the man who had already lifted the cup trophy above his head confidently.

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It was 11 years ago in the jersey of Jablonec and he was the main hero of the final.

“I equalized at 2:2 and then I gave the decisive penalty. You won’t forget that for the rest of your life,” he remembered for the first time.

“I wish I could do it again with Pilsen,” he dreamed and thought about why Viktoria has not been successful in the domestic cup since his arrival in 2012.

“We were always more focused on fighting for the title, the cup was on the sidelines. It’s different now. It is very tempting to raise a cup above your head. For me, it’s probably better than being second in the league,” compared Kopic, who played 149 games in the league for Jablonec as well.

Viktoria Plzeň has won the domestic cup only once, in 2010, since then it has been in the final twice.

In 2014, they lost on penalties to Sparta in Eden, and three years ago they lost 0:1 at home to Slavia.

How will it turn out this year?

The article is in Czech

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