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Sparta pile pressure on Panathinaikos

Published: Tuesday 28 July 2009, 21.10CET
AC Sparta Praha 3-1 Panathinaikos FC
The Czech side took a significant step to erasing the memories of their 3-1 defeat by the same opponents at this stage last season.
by Ladislav Josef
from Prague
Sparta pile pressure on Panathinaikos
Dimitris Salpingidis (right) was on target for Panathinaikos, but Sparta hold the advantage ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaPanathinaikos

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
6
Attempts off target0
1
Corners3
 
4
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
7
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 28 July 2009, 21.10CET

Sparta pile pressure on Panathinaikos

AC Sparta Praha 3-1 Panathinaikos FC
The Czech side took a significant step to erasing the memories of their 3-1 defeat by the same opponents at this stage last season.

AC Sparta Praha took a significant step in overcoming the memories of their 3-1 aggregate defeat by Panathinaikos FC at this stage of the UEFA Champions League last season by inflicting the same scoreline on the Greek side in the first leg of this tie.

First-half double
The Czech outfit established a two-goal lead by the break thanks to efforts from Jan Holenda and Kamil Vacek while the visitors were reeling further when Djibril Cissé failed to convert from the penalty spot ten minutes before the break. Henk Ten Cate's charges did reduce arrears midway through the second half through Dimitris Salpingidis but substitute Luboš Kalouda struck the hosts' third with just four minutes remaining, meaning last year's first knockout round participants have it all to do in the Athens return.

Historical advantage
Sparta had lost all four of their previous games against Panathinaikos who had won all but one of nine matches since 2001 against Czech sides, so it was no surprise the visitors started confidently. The home team, missing captain Patrik Berger to a knee injury, survived early pressure as goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek parried Giorgos Karagounis's shot in the sixth minute. The tide turned, though, when Holenda headed in Ondrej Kušnír's cross in the 26th minute and Vacek added a second six minutes later after some poor defending from the Greek rearguard.

Blažek save
Panathinaikos were thrown a lifeline when Blažek brought down Salpingidis in the area but the home keeper saved Cissé's penalty. Unperturbed, Ten Cate's men did reply when Salpingidis buried Nikos Spiropoulos's cross from close range on 67 minutes. Jozef Chovanec introduced Kalouda for the final quarter of an hour and the talented midfielder scored his first Sparta goal from the edge of the area to complete a notable success.

Last updated: 29/07/09 10.58CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
Yellow Card33
1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka (C)
Yellow Card23
8
KantéCédric Kanté
Substitution69
3
PamićManuel Pamić
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Penalty35
Yellow Card88
6
HubníkRoman Hubník
Yellow Card90+4
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Goal67
11
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
15
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
Substitution83
12
BonyWilfried Bony
Substitution90+2
18
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr
13
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
Yellow Card90+3
19
GabrielGabriel
Substitution59
17
HolendaJan Holenda
Goal26
Substitution59
23
SimãoSimão
22
ZemanMartin Zeman
Substitution76
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
25
VacekKamil Vacek
Goal32
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
27
HušekLuboš Hušek
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos

Substitutes

24
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
30
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
4
HohenederNiklas Hoheneder
3
SarriegiJosu Sarriegi
Substitution69
Yellow Card70
7
StřeštíkMarek Střeštík
Substitution90+2
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
9
PrudnikovAleksandr Prudnikov
Substitution59
11
LetoSebastian Leto
Substitution59
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
28
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
19
KaloudaLuboš Kalouda
Substitution76
Goal86
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Substitution83
28
FolprechtZdeněk Folprecht
34
MachlelisGiorgos Machlelis

Coach

Jozef Chovanec (CZE) Henk ten Cate (NED)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Željko Grgec (CRO)

Fourth official

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

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