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Sparta avert APOEL shock

Published: Wednesday 28 July 2004, 22.28CET
APOEL FC 2-2 AC Sparta Praha Sparta deny Cypriot title-holders a surprise victory.

Match statistics

APOELSparta Praha

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 28 July 2004, 22.28CET

Sparta avert APOEL shock

APOEL FC 2-2 AC Sparta Praha Sparta deny Cypriot title-holders a surprise victory.

By John Leonidou at the GSP stadium

AC Sparta Praha denied Cypriot title-holders APOEL FC a shock victory with two goals in the last eight minutes of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first-leg tie.

Late goals
Sparta who reached the first knockout round of last season's Champions League, trailed 2-0 from early in the second half, and although the visitors struggled in front of a crowd of 12,000 in Nicosia, Milan Pacanda and Tomáš Sivok were on hand to spare the Czech side's blushes.

Alexandrou pounces
It was a tentative opening, but on six minutes the game burst into life when Nektarios Alexandrou pounced on a defensive header by Radek Hochmeister and coolly curled the ball past the stranded Jaromír Blazek in the Sparta goal. The Czech champions almost pulled level in the eleventh minute when Karel Poborský released Michal Meduna but Michael Morphis in the APOEL goal spread himself superbly to deny the striker.

Woodwork struck
Pacanda thought he had equalised in the 43rd minute when Rastislav Michalík pulled the ball back from the by-line but his superb volley from the edge of the box crashed back off the post with Morphis well beaten.

Lead increased
APOEL made the perfect start to the second half when Christos Germanos raced away on the left to cross perfectly for Konstantinos Charalampides to score with a diving header at the far post. The home side were causing their more illustrious visitors all sorts of problems and could have gone 3-0 in front in the 53rd minute but Alexandrou lifted his shot over from five metres after a mazy run from Charalampides had opened the Sparta defence.

Breathaking save
Morphis then produced a breathtaking fingertip save from Lukáš Zelenka's powerful cross-shot. Chances were being created at both ends as the teams tired in the oppressive heat. Thirteen minutes from time Charalampides's clever ball found Chrysostomos Michail but his shot just missed the target.

Sparta surge
In the 82nd minute, Sparta made APOEL pay for that let-off, as Pacanda picked up a loose ball around 20 metres out and, moving the ball on to his left foot, curled a delightful shot past the helpless Morphis. A minute from the end substitute Sivok latched on to a clever knock-down from fellow replacement Tomáš Jun and sent in a strong shot to ensure his side will not have to make up a deficit in the return next Wednesday.

Last updated: 29/07/04 11.56CET

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Lineups

apoel

APOEL

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

1
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
4
StojanoskiMilan Stojanoski
2
HochmeisterRadek Hochmeister
6
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
4
PerglPavel Pergl
7
GermanosChristos Germanos
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský (C)
9
VakouftsisGeorge Vakouftsis
Substitution73
9
MedunaMichal Meduna
Substitution55
11
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Goal6
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
14
GeorgiouStavros Georgiou
Yellow Card37
11
VoříšekPetr Voříšek
Substitution61
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias (C)
13
ČechMarek Čech
Substitution82
18
DaskalakisDemetris Daskalakis
Yellow Card60
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
Yellow Card86
21
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Goal47
Substitution88
18
PacandaMilan Pacanda
Goal82
33
MichailChrysostomos Michail
27
KoubskýJiří Koubský

Substitutes

2
KoumasKonstantinos Koumas (GK)
30
BičíkDavid Bičík (GK)
8
NeophytouMarios Neophytou
Substitution88
5
RezekJan Rezek
19
IliaMarios Ilia
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
Substitution82
Goal89
20
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
Substitution73
Yellow Card85
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
Substitution61
25
PetrouPetros Petrou
19
M. PetrášMartin Petráš
26
IonaMichalis Iona
21
JunTomáš Jun
Substitution55
27
EleftheriouGeorge Eleftheriou
22
HomolaJiří Homola

Coach

Ivan Jovanović (SRB) František Straka (CZE)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Jesus Pedro Azcona Iturbe (ESP)

Fourth official

Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

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