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Fenerbahçe seal UEFA Cup chance

Published: Wednesday 24 November 2004, 0.04CET
AC Sparta Praha 0-1 Fenerbahçe SK Victory on a freezing Prague night earns Fenerbahçe a UEFA Cup campaign.

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaFenerbahçe

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
8
Corners6
 
8
Offsides4
 
6
Fouls committed17
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 24 November 2004, 0.04CET

Fenerbahçe seal UEFA Cup chance

AC Sparta Praha 0-1 Fenerbahçe SK Victory on a freezing Prague night earns Fenerbahçe a UEFA Cup campaign.

By Sam Beckwith at Letná Stadium

Fenerbahçe SK guaranteed themselves a third-place finish in UEFA Champions League Group D on a freezing night in Prague, defeating their main rivals for a UEFA Cup place, AC Sparta Praha.

Decisive own goal
Home defender Radoslav Kovác was the unwitting architect of his own team's downfall, deflecting a cross past goalkeeper Jaromír Blazek for the game's only goal. Manchester United FC's 2-1 victory against Olympique Lyonnais means that Fenerbahçe's hopes of Champions League progress are over, but unlike Sparta the Turkish title-holders will still compete in European football after Christmas.

Duo banned
Sparta were not helped by the suspension of inspirational captain Karel Poborský and defender Jirí Homola following the defeat at Manchester United on Matchday 4 that ended their Champions League bid. Fenerbahçe were without Pierre van Hooijdonk, their goalscorer on Matchday 1 in their win against Sparta, through injury.

Sparta probe
After a tight opening spell with both sides competing for midfield supremacy, visiting playmaker Alex's lob ten minutes in went only just over the bar. However, Sparta were looking to probe, troubling Fenerbahçe's defence with long passes and aggressive running.

Zelenka goes close
Midfield player Lukáš Zelenka missed a good chance to put the home team ahead after 18 minutes, making one of his trademark runs into the area only to shoot high. Not long after, though, Fenerbahçe went close - and then ahead. First Márcio Nobre sent in a close-range downward header that Blazek managed to bundle away. But, seconds later, Blazek was helpless when Kovác cut out a cross aimed at Nobre only to put the ball into his own net.

Goalmouth scramble
The Prague team came close to equalising on the half-hour, a series of Sparta players failing to apply the finishing touch to a goalmouth scramble in the Fenerbahçe area. Fenerbahce's counterattacking threat was amply demonstrated in the 38th minute, however, when the ball was threaded through to Nobre just inside the Sparta penalty area. Blazek, coming off his line, was swift enough to distract the Brazilian, and the final shot drifted fractionally wide as the pair collided.

Straka's switch
Sparta coach František Straka switched strikers for the second half, bringing on Milan Pacanda in place of Jan Rezek. Despite the change, the Turkish visitors began to look increasingly comfortable on the ball, while Sparta forays into the Fenerbahçe half were significantly rarer than in the opening period.

Blazek save
The Istanbul side came close to extending their lead on 55 minutes when an Alex header forced Blazek to dive low to his right to make a one-handed save. Midway through the second half, though, Sparta began to fight their way back into the game, breaking into the Fenerbahçe penalty area on several occasions, but failing each time to hit the target - the best of those chances falling to Tomáš Jun on 73 minutes.

Final chance
Sparta continued to press, and midfield player Tomáš Sivok's header came close to providing the Prague team with an equaliser. Once again, though, the Czech side could not make the most of a well-worked opportunity, and unlike last year's run to the Champions League last 16, their continental campaign has ended in disappointment.

Last updated: 23/11/04 23.21CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK) (C)
34
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
Substitution46
3
LabantVladimír Labant
Substitution68
2
FábioLuciano Fábio
Yellow Card85
5
RezekJan Rezek
Yellow Card43
Substitution46
5
Ümit ÖzatÜmit Özat (C)
Substitution85
6
SivokTomáš Sivok
7
Mehmet YozgatlıMehmet Yozgatlı
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
10
Tuncay ŞanlıTuncay Şanlı
Yellow Card87
11
VoříšekPetr Voříšek
11
Mert NobreMert Nobre
14
UrbánekAleš Urbánek
15
Mehmet AurélioMehmet Aurélio
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
Goal20
19
Önder TuracıÖnder Turacı
16
ŠimákJan Šimák
Substitution77
20
AlexAlex
19
M. PetrášMartin Petráš
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
21
JunTomáš Jun
27
Kemal AslanKemal Aslan

Substitutes

30
BičíkDavid Bičík (GK)
1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
Substitution46
9
MedunaMichal Meduna
Substitution68
6
FabianoFabiano
Substitution85
13
ČechMarek Čech
8
MuratHacıoğlu Murat
18
PacandaMilan Pacanda
Substitution46
9
SerhatAkın Serhat
20
HerzánOndřej Herzán
16
MahmutErdoğdu Mahmut
23
BaranekMiroslav Baranek
Substitution77
29
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
27
KoubskýJiří Koubský

Coach

František Straka (CZE) Christoph Daum (GER)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Lutz Wagner (GER)

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