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Genk edge out plucky Sparta

Published: Tuesday 27 August 2002, 21.00CET
AC Sparta Praha 4-2 KRC Genk (Agg: 4-4, Genk win on away goals) Brave Sparta go out.

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaGenk

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 27 August 2002, 21.00CET

Genk edge out plucky Sparta

AC Sparta Praha 4-2 KRC Genk (Agg: 4-4, Genk win on away goals) Brave Sparta go out.

AC Sparta Praha 4-2 KRC Genk (4-4 on aggregate, Genk win on away goals)
AC Sparta Praha's UEFA Champions League bid ended in vain as they lost on away goals to KRC Genk in a dramatic conclusion to this third qualifying round tie in Prague.

Narrow margin
The Czech side recovered a 2-0 first-leg deficit - twice coming from behind to beat the Belgian champions 4-2 on the night - yet missed out by the narrowest margin.

Genk strike
Aiming for a fourth straight appearance in the Champions League group stage, Sparta poured forward from the first whistle. But it was the visitors who struck first: Josip Skoko crossing for Belli Dagano to apply the finish on 25 minutes.

Poborský achieves parity
The Sparta equaliser came ten minutes after the restart, coach Jozef Jarabinský having decided to revive his team by replacing Baranek with Marek Kincl at the interval. Karel Poborský achieved what team-mates Pavel Mares and Lukas Zelenka had failed to do shortly before half-time, when hitting the woodwork, beating Jan Moons with a left-foot shot.

Instant reply
But, as Jarabinský later admitted, the goals would come too late to save Sparta. "The second-half display was sparkling, but luck was not on our side and they were more clinical than us." As if to underline the point, Wesley Sonck immediately cut short the home celebrations by restoring the visitors' advantage.

No surrender by Sparta
To their credit, however, the Sparta players kept their heads up and were rewarded two minutes later when Jirí Jarosík, their star performer, registered with a deflected free-kick.

Tense times
That left the Letná outfit needing to score three times in the last 30 minutes - and they could only manage two. Jarosík headed them into the lead on 64 minutes, before Pavel Mares's 84th-minute effort set up a tense finish for the away team.

'We were lucky'
So fraught, in fact, that Genk, having fought a 45-minute rearguard action, were on their knees by the final whistle. Their coach, Sef Vergoossen, said: "We made mistakes under pressure in the second half. Sparta played very well and we were fortunate to go through. Our two-goal advantage from the first leg proved decisive though."

Last updated: 28/08/02 1.50CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

genk

Genk

30
ŠpitMichal Špit
1
MoonsJan Moons
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
Yellow Card37
3
SoleySeyfo Soley
4
MarešPavel Mareš
Goal84
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
6
PoborskýKarel Poborský
Goal56
6
BešlijaMirsad Bešlija
Substitution81
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
8
SonckWesley Sonck
Yellow Card39
Goal57
8
NovotnýJiří Novotný (C)
9
DaganoMoumouni Dagano
Goal25
Substitution70
14
SionkoLibor Sionko
10
SkokoJosip Skoko (C)
15
PospíšilMichal Pospíšil
Substitution83
13
RoumaniAkran Roumani
16
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
14
ThijsBernd Thijs
Yellow Card59
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík
Goal58
Goal64
18
VanbeurenKevin Vanbeuren
Substitution63
23
BaranekMiroslav Baranek
Substitution46
20
DaerdenKoen Daerden
Yellow Card83

Substitutes

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek
26
SchollenDavy Schollen
3
HorákMartin Horák
2
TomašićIgor Tomašić
Substitution70
9
KinclMarek Kincl
Substitution46
5
DelbroekWilfried Delbroek
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
15
De CamargoIgor De Camargo
17
SivokTomáš Sivok
22
WamforJustice Wamfor
Substitution63
Yellow Card68
21
JunTomáš Jun
25
IngraoMarco Ingrao
25
BabničPeter Babnič
Substitution83
30
SuzukiTakayuki Suzuki
Substitution81

Coach

Jozef Jarabinský (CZE) Sef Vergoossen (NED)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Georgios Taprantzis (GRE)

Fourth official

Nikolaos Agelakis (GRE)

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