Slavia Prague footballer Václav Jurečka was sorry after Sunday’s Fortuna:League match that one of his goals against Bohemians 1905 was disallowed due to offside, but according to his own words, four goals into the “Klokan” net in a 6:0 win was enough for him.
In the opening round of the league extension group, Jurečka won the title for the first time after half an hour of play. He added two more hits between the 48th and 53rd minutes, with the last one setting the final score of the Vršovice derby. Meanwhile, he had one shot disallowed for offside.
“When you score the first goal, you want to score the second as well. After the second goal, I believed that if I tried to shoot from a distance, it would fall there, that today is the day when practically everything falls there,” laughed the 28-year-old forward.
However, it didn’t have to be just four hits. “I’m a bit sorry that I didn’t check for offside, because there could have been more goals,” he said of the disallowed intervention.
“But I have to remain modest. I think that four goals will be enough. We have to continue working and confirm it at Letná,” Jurečka was already looking ahead to the derby with Sparta, which will take place next Saturday. Slavia loses two points to the leading city rival.
In his league career, Jurečka scored the second hat trick. He managed the first one last year on April 30 in the jersey of Slovácko, although he did not intervene in the match with Ostrava until after the break.
“A masseur from Slovácko wrote to me, reminding me that it was a year ago. Sometimes it happens. You have to be patient and do everything to start scoring goals. Today it came back to me,” said Jurečka, who defended his triumph on Wednesday in the domestic cup. With Slovácko and Slavia, he defeated Sparta in the final.
He became the second star player and the tenth overall player in the history of a separate league to score at least four goals in one game. Before him, only Robert Vágner was able to do it in a stitched jersey since the division of the federation in October 1995 against Uherské Hradiště in a 9:1 victory.
“Thanks for a piece of history. I appreciate it, I didn’t even have this in mind. I didn’t notice these statistics. It’s nice, but we’re not done, the superstructure has only just begun,” stated the five-time Czech international.
He was pleased that he experienced a four-goal performance against coach Veselé. “Mr. Veselý and I met in Kolín (in the 2014/15 season), where the engagement together did not quite fit. I always have extra motivation against him,” smiled Jurečka.
“I’m a little sad that Venc Jureček, whom I once took to the second league from Opava, returns to me like this years later. He was a bit written off then, he didn’t like it there, even though he played excellently, he killed one chance after another. It’s a shame that he didn’t like it back then,” said Veselý.
Even Slavist coach Jindřich Trpišovský was initially not satisfied with Jurečkov’s performance. “I didn’t like him very much for the first 20 minutes, he didn’t get into the game much. He started to shine after being regrouped on the wing,” he mentioned the tactical move.
Then Jurečka set off. “He showed his greatest strengths, which he has, although I value his complexity the most. His greatest weapon is the shot, basically from any position. The range of his firing positions is great, he shows it in training as well. He is in great shape now. “He has improved tremendously in the interplay, in self-confidence and in solving situations. Above all, his mental attitude is great,” praised the coach of the red and white team.
“I have to say that the growth dynamics of his performance in recent seasons have been great. Martin Svědík did a lot of work with him in Slovácko. I would never have said that he would play like this at his age. He made the biggest progress in two seasons in Slovácko, and only here continues,” enjoyed Trpišovský.
Overview of the players with the most goals in a Premier League match
Goal Name Club Season Opponent Result 5 David Lafata Sparta 2015/16 Jihlava 5:0 4 Josef Obajdin Liberec 1994/95 Benešov 5:0 Robert Vágner Slavia 1995/96 Uherské Hradiště 9:1 Vratislav Lokvenc Sparta 1999/00 No. Budějovice 4: 1 David Střihavka Ostrava 2006/07 Kladno 5:1 Zbyněk Pospěch Dukla 2013/14 Olomouc 4:0 Nikolaj Komličenko Mladá Boleslav 2018/19 No. Budějovice 4:2 Adam Hložek Sparta 2020/21 Brno 6:1 David Puskáč Bohemians 1905 2021/ 22 Karviná 4:0 Václav Jurečka Slavia 2022/23 Bohemians 1905 6:0
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