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Poborský breaks Vardar hearts

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003, 23.00CET
FK Vardar 2-3 AC Sparta Praha A last-minute Karel Poborský goal gives Sparta victory.

Match statistics

VardarSparta Praha

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003, 23.00CET

Poborský breaks Vardar hearts

FK Vardar 2-3 AC Sparta Praha A last-minute Karel Poborský goal gives Sparta victory.

F.Y.R. Macedonian champions FK Vardar came from two goals behind only to be beaten by a last-minute Karel Poborský goal as AC Sparta Praha ran out 3-2 winners in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie.

Blazek save
Vardar, the only survivors from the first qualifying round, were hoping for a repeat of their victory against PFC CSKA Moskva, but found the early stages tough going against a side with considerable Champions League experience. However, on 15 minutes, Vardar had the first chance when Dragan Nacevski's free-kick forced a save from Jaromir Blazek.

Home side close
The home side went close again in the 33rd minute as Rogerio Da Costa ran on to Slavco Georgievski's pass, but Blazek got the better of their one-on-one. It was not one-way traffic, however. Sparta's Libor Sionko tested Vardar goalkeeper Muarem Zekir and on 37 minutes the visitors went in front.

Sparta goals
Poborský’s free-kick from 30 metres caught out the Vardar defence and sailed in. Another free-kick three minutes later doubled the lead as this time Igor Gluscevic’s quickly taken effort found the target as the wall was still forming.

Vardar comeback
In the second half, though, Vardar fought back. On the hour, Dimitrar Spasovski's strong volley from ten metres pulled a goal back and eleven minutes later the visitors were down to ten men when defender Mirko Poledica was shown his second yellow card.

Poborský winner
It took only two minutes for Vardar to make that one-man advantage count. Srdan Zaharievski crossed from the right and Slavco Georgievski headed in to level the scores. Yet Sparta struck back as former Manchester United FC player Poborský scored in the last minute to make it 3-2.

'We will give our best'
Vardar coach Zoran Stratev said: "I am satisfied at how my players played this game. We lost the match after our mistakes. I am pleased how we played in the second half when we dominated and scored two goals. I must say that we can try to win in Prague. I believe in my players and we will give our best to win."

Kotrba 'satisfied'
His opposite number, Jirí Kotrba, said: "We played very well in the first half. We deserved to score goals in the first half. In the second period Vardar were the better team but I am satisfied with the result."

Last updated: 14/08/03 9.33CET

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Lineups

vardar

Vardar

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

1
ZekirMuarem Zekir (GK)
Yellow Card41
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
2
VeselinovskiDragan Veselinovski (C)
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský (C)
Goal37
Goal89
5
AnyanwuBlessing Anyanwu
11
JežekPatrik Ježek
Substitution69
21
BrankovıćDejan Brankovıć
14
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution62
14
RistovskiDejan Ristovski
Yellow Card20
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
11
NačevskiDragan Načevski
Substitution61
16
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
7
GrozdanoskiVlatko Grozdanoski
Substitution67
17
JohanaPetr Johana
16
GeorgievskiSlavčo Georgievski
Goal74
18
PoledicaMirko Poledica
Red/Yellow Card72
10
ZaharievskiSrdjan Zaharievski
19
M. PetrášMartin Petráš
23
Da CostaRogerio Da Costa
Substitution61
Goal61
20
NěmecJiří Němec
24
WandeirWandeir
27
Igor GlušcevicIgor Glušcevic
Goal41
Substitution74

Substitutes

25
JovcevGogo Jovcev (GK)
1
KoubaPetr Kouba (GK)
9
PetkovMario Petkov
Substitution61
5
FlachbartJan Flachbart
Substitution74
8
TrajcevJovica Trajcev
9
KinclMarek Kincl
20
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Substitution67
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
Substitution69
15
MiserdovskiZoran Miserdovski
21
JunTomáš Jun
Substitution62
26
BragaAguinaldo Braga
Substitution61
22
HomolaJiří Homola
22
MilevskiIgor Milevski
26
ZbončákMartin Zbončák

Coach

Zoran Stratev (MKD) Jirí Kotrba (CZE)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Ole Hermann Borgan (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

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