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Sparta outgunned by Arsenal

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.30CET
AC Sparta Praha 0-2 Arsenal FC Late strikes from Cesc Fabregas and Aleksandr Hleb gave the visitors a good lead to take back to London.
Sparta outgunned by Arsenal
Cesc Fabregas scored Arsenal's first goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaArsenal

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target0
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 0.30CET

Sparta outgunned by Arsenal

AC Sparta Praha 0-2 Arsenal FC Late strikes from Cesc Fabregas and Aleksandr Hleb gave the visitors a good lead to take back to London.

Arsenal FC emerged from their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first-leg tie at AC Sparta Praha with a two-goal advantage and one foot in the group stage thanks to second-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Aleksandr Hleb.

Arsenal advantage
Fabregas scored the opening goal of a physical match in Prague, where Arsenal repelled the best efforts of the home side before striking on 72 minutes and then in added time through Hleb to secure the initiative going into the second leg on 29 August.

Early intent
Arsenal and Sparta were no strangers having met as recently as the group stage of 2005/06. Then, as in the sides' two other previous encounters, the London club came out on top but the Czech champions stated their intent early here with some tough tackling – captain Tomáš Řepka leading by example.

Rezek close
Sparta nearly went ahead with eight minutes played when Pavel Horváth's deep cross was fired against the inside of the post by the late-arriving Jan Rezek. Having survived that scare, Arsenal, finalists two seasons ago, created their best two chances of the half. First Fabregas had a volley pushed behind for a corner by Tomáš Poštulka, before the Sparta custodian was called into action again to beat away a Robin van Persie free-kick.

Řepka injury
Arsenal were not being allowed to settle due to Sparta's high-pressure game, and the visitors were helped out by the departure of Řepka, who hobbled off with a knee injury ten minutes before the break. The Premier League outfit improved after the restart and ten minutes in, Van Persie turned smartly only to see his shot thwarted by Poštulka.

Late goals
Arsenal began to dictate affairs and when the goal did arrive, it came via left-back Gaël Clichy. The Frenchman went on a mazy run before slipping the ball into Fabragas's path and he made no mistake to slot it low past Poštulka. Jens Lehmann had to be alert as Sparta rallied but Arsenal would have the final say: Hleb was supplied by Bacary Sagna and slipped the ball calmly under the advancing Poštulka.

Last updated: 16/08/07 0.53CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

arsenal

Arsenal

9
DošekLibor Došek
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
27
HušekLuboš Hušek
Yellow Card9
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
23
KadlecMichal Kadlec
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card38
20
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
10
GallasWilliam Gallas (C)
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka (C)
Substitution36
13
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Goal90+2
12
RezekJan Rezek
Substitution58
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
14
HorváthPavel Horváth
Substitution84
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution79
15
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
5
K. TouréKolo Touré
30
KuličMarek Kulič
Yellow Card17
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Yellow Card45+2
1
PoštulkaTomáš Poštulka (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
26
M. AbrahámMartin Abrahám
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Yellow Card25
Goal72

Substitutes

18
KiselKarol Kisel
24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
28
MatušovičMiroslav Matušovič
Substitution58
31
HoyteJustin Hoyte
10
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
6
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
6
LimberskýDavid Limberský
Substitution84
30
TraoréArmand Traoré
19
BrezinskýMiloš Brezinský
Substitution36
32
WalcottTheo Walcott
21
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
17
SongAlex Song
Substitution79
24
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
26
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner

Coach

Michal Bílek (CZE) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

José Luis Paradas Romero (ESP)

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