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Homola squeezes Sparta through

Published: Thursday 26 August 2004, 0.44CET
AC Sparta Praha 2-0 Ferencvárosi TC (aet, agg: 2-1) Jirí Homola's extra-time goal wins it for the Czech champions.

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaFerencváros

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 26 August 2004, 0.44CET

Homola squeezes Sparta through

AC Sparta Praha 2-0 Ferencvárosi TC (aet, agg: 2-1) Jirí Homola's extra-time goal wins it for the Czech champions.

By Ladislav Josef at Toyota Arena
  
A goal from defender Jirí Homola deep into extra time sent AC Sparta Praha into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the seventh time with the narrowest of victories against Ferencvárosi TC in the Czech Republic.

Homola high
Having lost 1-0 in Hungary a fortnight ago, the pressure was on the Czech champions to deliver on their home ground and, after Lukáš Zelenka had levelled the tie on aggregate in first-half stoppage time, Homola – blamed in some quarters for Ferencváros' winner in Budapest – ended the hopes of the Hungarian side in the 114th minute.

Sparta subdued
Although Sparta began the match in determined fashion, the home team looked short of ideas and failed to carve out a single chance in the first 30 minutes. In contrast, Ferencváros – missing captain Péter Lipcsei through injury – had a golden chance to double their aggregate lead in the 21st minute.

Wasteful Vagner
However, Robert Vagner, the Czech player who scored against his countrymen two weeks ago in Budapest and must have been even more motivated tonight having represented Sparta's city rivals SK Slavia Praha, was unable to convert a cross from in front of goal.
   
Crucial change
Sparta coach Frantisek Straka was clearly dissatisfied with his side's first-half display and introduced attacking midfield player Rastislav Michalík for left-back Martin Petras after just half an hour. The change proved inspired as, in added time at the end of the half, the substitute's deflected free-kick fell perfectly for Zelenka to level the tie.

Audacious attempt
Straka further bolstered his attack just before the hour with the introduction of Petr Vorisek in a bid to decide the tie in normal time. Sparta captain Karel Poborský, who won his 100th international cap last week, almost won the match in audacious style 13 minutes from time but his clever back-heel rolled just wide of the far post.

Decisive finish
Sparta continued to control the tempo, although they were unable to find a further goal as the match moved towards extra time. Ferencváros goalkeeper Lajos Szücs was forced to make an excellent save from Marek Cech's long-range shot. Then the home side finally made the breakthrough in the 114th minute, substitute Miroslav Baranek meeting Poborský's corner with a powerful header that the goalkeeper could only parry and Homola was on hand to send Sparta through.

Last updated: 01/02/12 3.05CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

ferencváros

Ferencváros

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
22
SzücsLajos Szücs (GK) (C)
4
PerglPavel Pergl
21
VukmirDragan Vukmir
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
Yellow Card38
24
GyepesGábor Gyepes
Yellow Card62
Substitution68
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
Goal45+3
Substitution94 ET
23
BotisSorin Botis
8
PoborskýKarel Poborský (C)
20
RósaDénes Rósa
13
ČechMarek Čech
53
KapicAdem Kapic
Yellow Card34
Substitution90
18
PacandaMilan Pacanda
Yellow Card32
11
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
Yellow Card69
19
M. PetrášMartin Petráš
Yellow Card7
Substitution29
10
LeandroLeandro
21
JunTomáš Jun
78
BalogZoltán Balog
22
HomolaJiří Homola
Goal114 ET
99
PenskaMarek Penska
27
KoubskýJiří Koubský
Substitution64
28
VágnerRobert Vágner
Yellow Card56
Substitution57

Substitutes

30
BičíkDavid Bičík (GK)
80
BerkiKrisztián Berki (GK)
2
HochmeisterRadek Hochmeister
9
BajevskiAleksandar Bajevski
Substitution57
5
RezekJan Rezek
4
KissGyörgy Kiss
Substitution68
9
MedunaMichal Meduna
7
ZavadszkyGábor Zavadszky
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
Substitution29
17
SasuMarius Sasu
11
VoříšekPetr Voříšek
Substitution64
51
ZováthJános Zováth
Substitution90
23
BaranekMiroslav Baranek
Substitution94 ET
88
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér

Coach

František Straka (CZE) Csaba László (HUN)

Referee

Urs Meier (SUI)

Assistant referees

Rudolf Käppeli (SUI), Martin Iseli (SUI)

Fourth official

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

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