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Sparta surge ahead of Metalurgs

Published: Tuesday 13 July 2010, 19.45CET
SK Liepājas Metalurgs 0-3 AC Sparta Praha
The Czech champions took a sizable step towards the third qualifying round with a resounding first-leg win away to their Latvian counterparts.
by Vladimir Bogachov
from Daugava
Sparta surge ahead of Metalurgs
Sparta's Bony Wilfried (left) stretches the Metalurgs defence ©Roman Koksharov

Match statistics

Liepājas MetalurgsSparta Praha

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target4
 
8
Attempts off target8
 
12
Corners3
 
8
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed20
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 13 July 2010, 19.45CET

Sparta surge ahead of Metalurgs

SK Liepājas Metalurgs 0-3 AC Sparta Praha
The Czech champions took a sizable step towards the third qualifying round with a resounding first-leg win away to their Latvian counterparts.

AC Sparta Praha got their UEFA Champions League campaign off to a rousing start with a comfortable win at SK Liepājas Metalurgs in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie.

The Czech champions were in the ascendancy for much of the game in Latvia, taking a deserved lead through Václav Kadlec eight minutes before half-time. Bony Wilfried gave the visitors breathing space with two goals in seven minutes early in the second half, leaving Metalurgs with a mountain to climb in the Czech capital next Wednesday.

It could have been worse for Rüdiger Abramczik’s side, however, Kadlec spurning a clear opening 11 minutes in having found himself through on goal. The hosts did threaten on occasion, Jurģis Kalns going close with a long-range shot on 29 minutes, but it was little surprise when Sparta went in front, Kadlec racing onto Igor Žofčák's through pass and finishing with aplomb.

Intars Kirhners nearly mustered an immediate riposte but his shot was blocked, allowing Jozef Chovanec's charges to make their mark on the game after the break. Wilfried doubled their lead six minutes into the second half with a precise finish from Marek Matějovský's pass, and added a third soon after having beaten two defenders to the ball.

Wilfried fired over when presented with the chance of a hat-trick 16 minutes from time before Metalurgs spurned the opportunity to gain a foothold in the tie three minutes from the end, Vitalijus Kavaliauskas missing the target after good work from captain Tomas Tamošauskas.

Last updated: 13/07/10 23.13CET

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Lineups

liepājas metalurgs

Liepājas Metalurgs

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

31
SpoleViktors Spole (GK)
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
3
KļavaOskars Kļava
Yellow Card68
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka (C)
7
RafaļskisMaksims Rafaļskis
Yellow Card45
Substitution70
4
HohenederNiklas Hoheneder
9
TamošauskasTomas Tamošauskas (C)
7
SionkoLibor Sionko
10
RakelsDeniss Rakels
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský
13
SurninsPāvels Surnins
10
BonyWilfried Bony
Goal51
Goal58
Substitution83
14
KirhnersIntars Kirhners
Substitution54
11
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
Substitution65
15
KalnsJurģis Kalns
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Goal37
23
GrebisKristaps Grebis
15
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
77
KavaliauskasVitalijus Kavaliauskas
20
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Substitution78
87
PuljizJurica Puljiz
21
BrabecErich Brabec

Substitutes

21
ŠteinborsPāvels Šteinbors (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
6
GolovinsJevgenijs Golovins
Substitution70
5
KrobJan Krob
8
AleksejevsIgors Aleksejevs
Substitution54
6
LačnýMiloš Lačný
Substitution83
17
ProhorenkovsAndrejs Prohorenkovs
18
JeslínekJiří Jeslínek
Substitution78
22
KamešsVladimirs Kamešs
22
ZemanMartin Zeman
25
VacekKamil Vacek
Substitution65
30
HejdaLukáš Hejda

Coach

Rüdiger Abramczik (GER) Jozef Chovanec (CZE)

Referee

Rene Eisner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Klaus Strasser (AUT), Richard Huebler (AUT)

Fourth official

Alexander Harkam (AUT)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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