The official website for European football

Sparta proceed thanks to draw with Lyon

Published: Thursday 22 November 2012, 20.53CET
AC Sparta Praha 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais
The group stage's last 100% record ended in Prague as a young Lyon side drew with Sparta, who are through from Group I as a result.
Sparta proceed thanks to draw with Lyon
Sparta's Marek Matějovský challenges Lyon's Yassine Benzia for the ball ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 22 November 2012, 20.53CET

Sparta proceed thanks to draw with Lyon

AC Sparta Praha 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais
The group stage's last 100% record ended in Prague as a young Lyon side drew with Sparta, who are through from Group I as a result.

AC Sparta Praha joined Olympique Lyonnais in qualifying for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 after playing out a mutually beneficial draw with the French side.

A young Lyon team were on course for the club's fifth win in as many Group I matches once teenage striker Yassine Benzia scored his first goal in UEFA club competition a minute into the second half. Though the hosts – now 11 games unbeaten in all competitions – could not add to Josef Hušbauer's swift equaliser, the result was enough to confirm their progress and, in the process, Les Gones as section winners.       

Lyon started the encounter as the group stage's 11-goal top scorers, a statistic a much-changed lineup came within centimetres of extending on two occasions during a first half which occasionally threatened to flicker into life.

Benzia's shot from distance aside, Sparta goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík was underemployed. However, when he was beaten, by Yoann Gourcuff's inswinging, deflected free-kick, the crossbar intervened. Soon after, Rachid Ghezzal controlled, swivelled and volleyed narrowly past Vaclík's left-hand post.

The second period started with a flurry of excitement. Within a minute, the visitors were ahead through Benzia, who ran onto Gourcuff's delicious first-time pass on the half-turn and scored via the upright. Little had been seen of the Czech side in an attacking sense yet they swiftly levelled when Tomáš Přikryl, on seconds earlier, ran onto Leony Kweuke’s pass and squared for Hušbauer to drill past Rémy Vercoutre.

Last updated: 24/11/12 0.05CET

Related information

Player profiles
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=1855841.html#sparta+proceed+thanks+draw+with+lyon

UEFA.com features

Lozano: Barcelona desperate for second crown
  • Lozano: Barcelona desperate for second crown
  • 2002 Futsal Cup final: Where it all began
  • Araz's Gambarov on Baku futsal passion
  • Take a bow Bale and El Haddadi
  • Road to the semi-finals
  • Bayern and Madrid's classic 2012 semi-final
  • Banga making a noise in Lithuania
  • Gustavsson: Tyresö still chasing their dream
  • Kellermann explains Wolfsburg rise
  • Madrid and Barcelona spurred on by Copa history
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.