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Madrid win Prague thriller

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2001, 23.01CET
Two goals from Fernando Morientes helped Real Madrid CF to a 3-2 victory over AC Sparta Praha in a breathtaking UEFA Champions League Group C encounter at the Letná stadium.

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
9
Attempts off target7
 
2
Corners9
 
1
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
14
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 21 November 2001, 23.01CET

Madrid win Prague thriller

Two goals from Fernando Morientes helped Real Madrid CF to a 3-2 victory over AC Sparta Praha in a breathtaking UEFA Champions League Group C encounter at the Letná stadium.

Two goals from Fernando Morientes helped Real Madrid CF to a 3-2 victory over AC Sparta Praha in a breathtaking UEFA Champions League Group C encounter at the Letná stadium.

Flowing encounter
The home side twice recovered from a goal down to level the scores in an open, fast-flowing game, which was effectively settled when Morientes tucked home his second and Madrid's third 16 minutes from time.

Zidane on target
After a tight opening spell, Morientes had a hand in the opening goal. The 25-year-old striker's 20th-minute shot was parried and the ball fell to Zinedine Zidane on the edge of the area. The Frenchman, who showed some exquisite touches in the Madrid midfield, brought the ball under control and launched a dipping, left-footed strike over goalkeeper Petr Cech and into the Sparta net.

Michalík leveller
Madrid almost doubled their lead when Morientes was played through four minutes later, but the Spaniard's strike crashed against the top of Cech's right-hand post. Then minutes later Rastislav Michalík got the home side back on level terms when he carefully watched Libor Sionko's cross and drilled the ball first time through Michel Salgado's legs and back across goalkeeper Iker Casillas and into the far corner of the net.

Slick passing
However, Sparta could only hold Madrid for six minutes before slick passing and nimble movement brought the visitors their second goal. Having been released down the right by Raúl González, Salgado outpaced Vladimír Labant to deliver a square ball across goal where Morientes side-footed a shot high into the Sparta net.

Marvellous saves
Jan Flachbart brought a marvellous save from Casillas midway through the second half as the home side battled hard for a second equaliser. The 20-year-old goalkeeper dived full stretch to his right and tipped Flachbart's long-range effort away for a corner. Moments later the ball fell to Lukáš Zelenka, whose drive powered through a crowded box straight at the unsighted Casillas, who somehow blocked the ball again.

Pressure pays off
Sionko finally made Sparta's pressure pay two minutes later. The 24-year-old forward drilled a 16-metre shot at the Madrid goal and the ball clipped Pavon Barahona's boot, wrong-footing Casillas and skidding over the Madrid goalline.

Morientes strikes
But Madrid regained the lead once again after Roberto Carlos cut inside from the left and fired a shot on goal with his weaker right foot. The Brazilian's effort was parried by Cech, but Morientes could scarcely miss with his poke home from six metres out.

Late chance
Despite Madrid attempting to tighten the midfield and kill the game, Sparta had a wonderful opportunity to grab what would have been a deserved share of the spoils in injury time. The otherwise excellent Casillas dropped a relatively simple catch and Tomáš Hubschman hooked the ball out from underneath the goalkeeper's legs. The ball rolled into Flachbart's path but, with Casillas stranded, his eight-metre shot was drilled well wide of goal.

Last updated: 15/11/12 19.12CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

real madrid

Real Madrid

17
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
3
LabantVladimír Labant
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
4
HašekMartin Hašek
Substitution71
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
5
FlachbartJan Flachbart
4
HierroFernando Hierro (C)
8
NovotnýJiří Novotný (C)
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
Goal20
9
KinclMarek Kincl
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
Goal30
Substitution52
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
12
HartigLukáš Hartig
Substitution78
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Goal36
Goal74
Substitution85
14
SionkoLibor Sionko
Goal72
10
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Substitution89
16
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
24
MakeleleClaude Makelele
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík
31
PavónPaco Pavón

Substitutes

1
ŠpitMichal Špit (GK)
13
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
Substitution52
8
McManamanSteve McManaman
Substitution85
18
HolubRadim Holub
14
GutiGuti
Substitution89
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek
Substitution78
15
GeremiGeremi
24
AbandaPatrice Abanda
20
CeladesAlbert Celades
26
SlončíkRadek Slončík
Substitution71
21
SolariSantiago Solari
27
MynářRadek Mynář
23
MunitisPedro Munitis

Coach

Jaroslav Hřebík (CZE) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Stefano Braschi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Narciso Pisacreta (ITA), Giovanni Stevanato (ITA)

Fourth official

Gennaro Borriello (ITA)

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