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Spartak spirit salvages point

Published: Thursday 23 November 2006, 0.07CET
FC Spartak Moskva 2-2 FC Bayern München A late equaliser from Radoslav Kováč kept alive the Russian outfit's aspirations of a UEFA Cup ticket.
by Michael Harrold
from Luzhniki Stadium

Match statistics

Spartak MoskvaBayern

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
11
Corners5
 
3
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed16
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 23 November 2006, 0.07CET

Spartak spirit salvages point

FC Spartak Moskva 2-2 FC Bayern München A late equaliser from Radoslav Kováč kept alive the Russian outfit's aspirations of a UEFA Cup ticket.

FC Spartak Moskva battled back to take a point against FC Bayern München and keep alive their hopes of claiming a UEFA Cup place after an entertaining draw in UEFA Champions League Group B.

Kováč leveller
Radoslav Kováč struck 18 minutes from time to pull the Russian side level after Claudio Pizarro had turned the tide Bayern's way, cancelling out Maxym Kalynychenko's early free-kick with a pair of goals which had Bayern on course for the victory that would have guaranteed them first place in the pool.

Kalynychenko expertise
Spartak enjoyed most of the early possession and created the game's first real opening when captain Yegor Titov's rasping drive was palmed away by Oliver Kahn. The goalkeeper, however, had little chance in the 16th minute when Spartak breached the Bayern defence for the first time in the competition. Mark van Bommel brought down Titov ten metres outside the penalty area, allowing Kalynychenko to step up and curl a superb free-kick into the bottom corner past the wrong-footed Kahn.

Pizarro response
It was just reward for Spartak's early endeavour, but the hosts' lead was short-lived. Just six minutes after falling behind, Bayern left-back Christian Lell found space to cross for Pizarro to glance a header inside the far post with Aleksei Zuev, Spartak's third-choice goalkeeper who was starting his first UEFA Champions League match in the absence of the injured Wojciech Kowalewski and Dmitri Khomich, rooted to his line.

Stunning second
It was the Peruvian's third goal in five UEFA Champions League outings this season, and he added another in spectacular fashion six minutes before the break. Bastian Schweinsteiger fed him midway into the Spartak half and Pizarro looked to have nothing on as the home defence closed in, but from fully 30 metres he unleashed an unstoppable shot that gave Zuev no chance and flew into the top corner. Spartak rallied before the end of the half and Kahn did well to tip away Vladimir Bystrov's effort, but as the half-time whistle blew Bayern were in command.

Spartak rally
Spartak fans were offered some consolation during the interval as a replay of rivals PFC CSKA Moskva's defeat by FC Porto the previous evening was shown on the big screen. Their mood improved still further when Kalynychenko drew a save from Kahn soon after the restart. Titov went even closer with a glancing header that flew narrowly wide before Roman Pavlyuchenko fired over just past the hour after being set up by Bystrov.

Late hope
For all Spartak's possession, though, opportunities were few and far between and it came as a surprise when Kováč rifled in from close range after collecting Martin Jiránek's flick-on from a corner. Spartak's hopes of earning a UEFA Cup spot had been rekindled and they pressed forward, yet Kahn saved well from Bystrov and in fact it was Bayern who came closest to a winner, Daniel Van Buyten somehow heading wide when in front of goal in added time. Spartak must now beat Sporting Clube de Portugal in Lisbon on 5 December to continue in European competition, while Bayern will vie for group supremacy with FC Internazionale Milano.

Last updated: 23/11/06 10.55CET

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Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

bayern

Bayern

46
ZuevAleksei Zuev (GK)
1
KahnOliver Kahn (GK) (C)
2
GederGeder
Substitution87
2
SagnolWilly Sagnol
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
9
TitovYegor Titov (C)
6
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
10
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
10
MakaayRoy Makaay
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Goal22
Goal39
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
Goal72
17
Van BommelMark van Bommel
23
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Yellow Card79
20
SalihamidžićHasan Salihamidžić
Substitution84
24
MozartMozart
Yellow Card16
30
LellChristian Lell
25
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Goal16
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
39
OttlAndreas Ottl

Substitutes

12
KomissarovIvan Komissarov (GK)
22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
7
BoyarintsevDenis Boyarintsev
7
SchollMehmet Scholl
Substitution84
11
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
8
KarimiAli Karimi
17
Clemente RodríguezClemente Rodríguez
19
Dos SantosJulio Dos Santos
21
Owusu-AbeyieQuincy Owusu-Abeyie
24
Santa CruzRoque Santa Cruz
27
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
26
DeislerSebastian Deisler
39
RebkoAleksei Rebko
Substitution87
37
SabaChristian Saba

Coach

Vladimir Fedotov (RUS) Felix Magath (GER)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Slawomir Stempniewski (POL)

Fourth official

Marek Mikolajewski (POL)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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