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Bayern top group in style

Published: Wednesday 31 October 2001, 23.00CET
A Jirí Novotny own goal just before half-time was enough to see FC Bayern München beat AC Sparta Praha 1-0 to go through to the second stage group of the UEFA Champions League as Group H winners.

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaBayern

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
3
Corners2
 
2
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed18
 
26
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 31 October 2001, 23.00CET

Bayern top group in style

A Jirí Novotny own goal just before half-time was enough to see FC Bayern München beat AC Sparta Praha 1-0 to go through to the second stage group of the UEFA Champions League as Group H winners.

A Jirí Novotny own goal just before half-time was enough to see FC Bayern München beat AC Sparta Praha 1-0 to go through to the second stage group of the UEFA Champions League as Group H winners.

First chance
The game started at a rapid pace and Sparta almost took the lead after 19 minutes. Peter Babnic did well to direct his backward header into the path of Libor Sionko and the Czech forward twisted acrobatically to get his shot away but the ball went just wide.

Fast counters
Both sides were setting an electric pace and consequently mistakes were being made. Samuel Kuffour and Michael Tarnat were constantly peppering the Sparta backline but there was no threat to Petr Cech’s goal.

Captain calamity
Bayern took the lead on 40 minutes. Tarnat whipped in a signature left-footed cross which Novotny – under pressure from Alexander Zickler – headed past Cech, who could only watch in despair as the ball flew into the top right-hand corner.

Nifty footwork
Zickler, the Bayern captain, showed great skill on the stroke of half-time in turning a Sparta defender inside out before unleashing a left-foot shot which Cech did well to save with an outstretched leg.

Tarnat drive
The Bayern wing-back let fly again with his trusty left foot after a neat interchange with Zickler but Cech was again alert to the danger, parrying the shot to safety.

Novotny miss
It was not to be the veteran Novotny’s night as he had a glorious opportunity to make amends for his own goal on 66 minutes but the 31-year-old could not keep his shot down from close range.

Chances go begging
Sparta managed to create a further two good chances but were unable to make either count. The first fell to Libor Sionko on 79 minutes but the striker’s half-volley flew over the bar. Five minutes later Marek Kincl had the time to pick his spot but somehow contrived to steer his shot wide.

Cech to the rescue
The final chance of the game fell to substitute Roque Santa Cruz. The 20-year-old Paraguayan sensation left his marker for dead and fired in a low, powerful shot which looked destined for the bottom corner. Cech, however, had other ideas and produced a brilliant reflex save.

Worthy group winners
Ottmar Hitzfeld, who led the Bavarian club to Champions League glory last season, must have been delighted with his side’s performance, with Zickler the most impressive performer on show. Bayern showed great composure throughout, but  Sparta will be ruing a host of squandered chances.

Last updated: 15/11/12 18.22CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

bayern

Bayern

17
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
33
WesselsStefan Wessels (GK)
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
4
KuffourSamuel Kuffour
3
LabantVladimír Labant
6
ThiamPablo Thiam
4
HašekMartin Hašek
Substitution70
10
SforzaCiriaco Sforza
8
NovotnýJiří Novotný (C)
Goal40
12
R.KovačRobert Kovač
9
KinclMarek Kincl
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Yellow Card70
Substitution72
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
Substitution80
18
TarnatMichael Tarnat
14
SionkoLibor Sionko
21
ZicklerAlexander Zickler (C)
Substitution84
16
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
23
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
Substitution46
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík
25
LinkeThomas Linke
25
BabničPeter Babnič
Yellow Card30
Substitution53
32
FeulnerMarkus Feulner

Substitutes

1
ŠpitMichal Špit (GK)
22
DreherBernd Dreher (GK)
5
FlachbartJan Flachbart
13
Paulo SérgioPaulo Sérgio
Substitution46
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
Substitution53
17
FinkThorsten Fink
Substitution84
15
LengyelRoman Lengyel
24
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
Substitution72
18
HolubRadim Holub
Substitution80
31
KlingStephan Kling
21
JunTomáš Jun
26
SlončíkRadek Slončík
Substitution70

Coach

Jaroslav Hřebík (CZE) Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Bruno Faye (FRA), Jacques Clavet (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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