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Spartak grab group stage place

Published: Wednesday 23 August 2006, 21.45CET
Spartak Moskva 2-1 Slovan Liberec (agg: 2-1) A 79th-minute melee in Moscow denied the ten-man Czech champions a famous away-goal victory.

Match statistics

Spartak MoskvaLiberec

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners6
 
7
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed1
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 23 August 2006, 21.45CET

Spartak grab group stage place

Spartak Moskva 2-1 Slovan Liberec (agg: 2-1) A 79th-minute melee in Moscow denied the ten-man Czech champions a famous away-goal victory.

FC Spartak Moskva survived a number of scares to grab a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage with a 2-1 win against FC Slovan Liberec at the Luzhniki stadium.

Emotional finale
The hosts went through a range of emotions in the last 30 minutes as Slovan were reduced to ten men, then scored a potentially vital away goal from the penalty spot, before Roman Pavlyuchenko managed to direct Serghei Covalciuc's shot from the edge of the area into the net under the nose of Liberec keeper Marek Čech on 79 minutes.

Mozart masterpiece
Spartak made their early possession count after 23 minutes when Vladimir Bystrov's cross from the right unhinged the Liberec defence. It seemed to be heading for safety until it was laid into the path of Brazilian Mozart, who beat Čech with a stunning drive from outside the box.

Kováč misses
Czech midfielder Radoslav Kováč twice wasted good opportunities to add to Spartak's lead before Liberec's Tomáš Zápotocny was dismissed for a second bookable offence - a foul on the speedy Bystrov - on 56 minutes. However, with Russian nerves fraying, Liberec were awarded a 73rd-minute penalty for a challenge by Martin Jiránek. Ivan Hodúr converted to put the Czech champions ahead on away goals.

Spartak relief
Spartak's luck looked to be draining away as Roman Shishkin found Kováč in the box only for the Czech to miss from five metres, but there was relief for the hosts eleven minutes from time as Pavlyuchenko found the net. Substitute Jan Blažek subsequently had a chance to steal another goal for Liberec, yet Vladimir Fedotov's side's resolve held and they return to the group stage for the first time since 2002/03.

Last updated: 24/08/06 10.32CET

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Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

liberec

Liberec

30
KowalewskiWojciech Kowalewski (GK) (C)
24
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
5
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný (C)
Red/Yellow Card57
10
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Goal78
7
BílekJiří Bílek
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
Yellow Card72
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
Goal73
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
11
PospěchZbyněk Pospěch
17
Clemente RodríguezClemente Rodríguez
14
KoštálPavel Koštál
Yellow Card66
19
CavenaghiFernando Cavenaghi
Substitution87
17
JanůTomáš Janů
Substitution76
23
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution73
19
ŠinglárPeter Šinglár
24
MozartMozart
Goal22
Yellow Card74
20
FrejlachTomáš Frejlach
Substitution63
27
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
26
PudilDaniel Pudil
Yellow Card85
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
29
HolendaJan Holenda
Substitution53

Substitutes

1
KhomichDmitri Khomich (GK)
16
BolekPetr Bolek (GK)
25
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Substitution73
Yellow Card85
2
MatulaMilan Matula
Substitution76
32
BazhenovNikita Bazhenov
Substitution87
9
AnčicJuraj Ančic
Substitution63
7
BoyarintsevDenis Boyarintsev
28
BlažekJan Blažek
Substitution53
14
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
6
HamouzJosef Hamouz
35
KabanovSergei Kabanov
12
HochmeisterRadek Hochmeister
40
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek

Coach

Vladimir Fedotov (RUS) Vítězslav Lavička (CZE)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Luis Alberto Gutierrez Perez (ESP)

Fourth official

Miguel Angel Perez Lasa (ESP)

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