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Panathinaikos prevail in Prague

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 23.30CET
AC Sparta Praha 1-2 Panathinaikos FC
Mozambique international Simão struck on the hour to ensure the visitors came back from Prague with victory.
by Ladislav Josef
from Prague
Panathinaikos prevail in Prague
Panathinaikos goalkeeper Mario Galinović celebrates victory in Prague ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaPanathinaikos

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 23.30CET

Panathinaikos prevail in Prague

AC Sparta Praha 1-2 Panathinaikos FC
Mozambique international Simão struck on the hour to ensure the visitors came back from Prague with victory.

Panathinaikos FC took a precious UEFA Champions League third qualifying round lead back from AC Sparta Praha as Simão's strike on the hour gave the Greek visitors the edge.

Prague success
Štěpán Kučera's own goal gave Panathinaikos a 24th-minute advantage and although Marek Kulič swiftly equalised, Mozambique international Simão ensured his side the lead in the tie ahead of the Athens return in a fortnight. It was Panathinaikos's third straight win in the Czech capital following their 2001 successes at SK Slavia Praha and Sparta.

Lead cancelled out
Last season's Czech runners-up had not conceded a goal in four games this term but that run ended when Giorgos Karagounis crossed from the right and Sparta goalkeeper Matúš Kozáčik was beaten by a header from team-mate Kučera. That was a blow to Sparta's ambitions of ending a three-year exile from the UEFA Champions League group stage although within six minutes they were level when Miroslav Slepička eluded the visiting defence on the right and his cross was volleyed in by Kulič.

Away winner
A surprise selection, the experienced Kulič came close to putting Sparta in front just past the interval but missed the target. Sparta were carving out few chances and fell behind ahead in the 60th minute as one of the visitors' swift counterattacks earned a corner and Simão turned the ball in. There was no response from Sparta this time and they now face a difficult task to turn the tie in Greece.

Last updated: 13/08/08 23.51CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

24
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka
3
SarriegiJosu Sarriegi
Yellow Card75
6
KučeraŠtěpán Kučera
Goal24
Yellow Card90+2
9
SouzaRodrigo Souza
8
BergerPatrik Berger (C)
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis (C)
Substitution69
10
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
15
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
Yellow Card39
13
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
Substitution67
19
GabrielGabriel
15
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
Yellow Card65
Substitution84
21
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution90
19
VoříšekPetr Voříšek
Yellow Card47
22
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Substitution57
23
KadlecMichal Kadlec
23
SimãoSimão
Goal60
27
HušekLuboš Hušek
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
30
KuličMarek Kulič
Goal30
Substitution72
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos

Substitutes

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
18
MalarzArkadiusz Malarz (GK)
4
HadMarián Had
4
MattosMarcelo Mattos
9
DošekLibor Došek
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution57
Yellow Card83
11
KolářDaniel Kolář
Substitution67
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas
17
HolendaJan Holenda
Substitution72
16
SiontisStefanos Siontis
22
ZemanMartin Zeman
Substitution84
Yellow Card90+1
27
IvanschitzAndreas Ivanschitz
Substitution90
25
VacekKamil Vacek
29
NilssonMikael Nilsson
Substitution69
Yellow Card90+2

Coach

Vítězslav Lavička (CZE) Henk ten Cate (NED)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Igor Zakharov (RUS)

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