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Sparta claim victory in Porto

Published: Wednesday 5 December 2001
AC Sparta Praha remain unbeaten away in the UEFA Champions League after a second-half Libor Sionko goal gave them a crucial victory in FC Porto's Das Antas stadium.

Match statistics

PortoSparta Praha

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target12
 
7
Corners12
 
2
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed15
 
14
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 5 December 2001

Sparta claim victory in Porto

AC Sparta Praha remain unbeaten away in the UEFA Champions League after a second-half Libor Sionko goal gave them a crucial victory in FC Porto's Das Antas stadium.

FC Porto 0-1 AC Sparta Praha. AC Sparta Praha remain unbeaten away in the UEFA Champions League after a second-half Libor Sionko goal gave them a crucial victory in FC Porto's Das Antas stadium.

Fast tempo
The match got off to a flying start with both sides signalling their intent early on. Brazilian playmaker Deco fired in on four minutes but Petr Cech comfortably claimed. Pena turned dangerously in the box but could not get his shot away four minutes later.

Czech threat
Paulo Santos pulled off a fine save on 16 minutes when his visibility was clearly impaired by his own wall. Sionko tried from range from the ensuing corner but his shot floated wide.

Reaction save
Porto continued to press forward and their best effort came from the right boot of Deco, his powerful drive tipped round the post by the ever-alert Cech. The keeper was somewhat more fortunate as Deco’s corner almost curled inside his left post.

Sustained pressure
The away side had to soak up some concerted pressure towards the end of the first half with one of Deco’s vicious corners coming off Cech’s near post. The half was to end goalless as Sparta succeeded magnificently in frustrating a Porto side lacking sharpness in the vital areas.

Substitute goes close
Paulo Costa came on to replace the largely ineffectual Pena and almost put his name on the scoresheet straight from the off but his control let him down with only Cech to beat.

Out of sorts
The normally reliable Deco spurned another opportunity on 60 minutes, blasting his volley over the crossbar from inside the penalty area. Two minutes later and the impish Brazilian brought a marvellous save from a full-stretch Cech, palming the ball away for a corner.

Decisive mistake
A lapse of concentration from Paulo Santos on 75 minutes was to prove costly as the Porto keeper could not hold on to a Sionko header, the ball somehow escaping the keeper’s stranglehold to roll into the net.

Buccaneering work
Nuno Capucho delivered an excellent ball with eight minutes to go and Helder Postiga was only a whisker away as he saw his header rebound off the post. Four minutes later and Carlos Paredes fired in on the turn, his shot going agonisingly wide.

Super stop
The second half was almost a personal battle between Deco and the Sparta keeper. Cech produced another outstanding save diving to his right to prevent a certain goal from the luckless Deco.

Amazing record
Jaroslav Hrébik’s men remain unbeaten away from home in this year’s Champions League and this hard-fought victory puts them in second place behind Real Madrid CF and could well go a long way to ensuring eventual qualification to the quarter-finals.

Last updated: 15/11/12 20.42CET

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Lineups

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Porto

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Sparta Praha

24
Paulo SantosPaulo Santos (GK)
17
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
4
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
3
LabantVladimír Labant
5
ParedesCarlos Paredes
4
HašekMartin Hašek
Substitution90+3
10
DecoDeco
5
FlachbartJan Flachbart
13
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
8
NovotnýJiří Novotný (C)
14
SöderströmFredrik Söderström
9
KinclMarek Kincl
Yellow Card90+2
17
IbarraHugo Ibarra
Substitution76
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
21
CapuchoCapucho (C)
12
HartigLukáš Hartig
Substitution90+1
28
ClaytonClayton
Substitution73
14
SionkoLibor Sionko
Goal75
Substitution83
30
SilvaMário Silva
16
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
Yellow Card56
31
PenaPena
Substitution46
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík

Substitutes

44
Pedro EspinhaPedro Espinha (GK)
1
ŠpitMichal Špit (GK)
11
JúniorRubens Júnior
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
Substitution90+3
20
Paulinho SantosPaulinho Santos
18
HolubRadim Holub
Substitution90+1
25
Cândido CostaCândido Costa
Substitution76
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek
Substitution83
29
Paulo CostaPaulo Costa
Substitution46
24
AbandaPatrice Abanda
33
Ricardo SilvaRicardo Silva
26
SlončíkRadek Slončík
41
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution73
27
MynářRadek Mynář

Coach

Octávio Joaquim Coelho Machado (POR) Jaroslav Hřebík (CZE)

Referee

Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Victor Lebedev (RUS), Nikolai Golubev (RUS)

Fourth official

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

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