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Ceesay sees Žilina home

Published: Wednesday 25 August 2010, 22.40CET
MŠK Žilina 1-0 AC Sparta Praha (agg: 3-0)
Žilina became the third Slovakian team to reach the group stage after Momodou Ceesay's goal confirmed victory.
Ceesay sees Žilina home
Momodou Ceesay celebrates his opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ŽilinaSparta Praha

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target10
 
9
Corners4
 
6
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed21
 
23
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 25 August 2010, 22.40CET

Ceesay sees Žilina home

MŠK Žilina 1-0 AC Sparta Praha (agg: 3-0)
Žilina became the third Slovakian team to reach the group stage after Momodou Ceesay's goal confirmed victory.

Momodou Ceesay's acrobatic finish ensured MŠK Žilina saw off the challenge of AC Sparta Praha to earn a UEFA Champions League group-stage debut.

Ceesay had scored in Žilina's 2-0 win in Prague last week and he struck early in the decider to ensure his side became the third from Slovakia to reach the group stage, emulating MFK Košice in 1997/98 and FC Artmedia Petržalka eight years later. They can now look forward to discovering their opposition on Thursday, while Sparta will again compete in the UEFA Europa League.

Sparta made five changes from the first leg, two of which were enforced with Erich Brabec and Tomáš Řepka joining Marek Matějovský on the banned list. Meanwhile, Libor Sionko and top scorer Wilfried Bony were back from suspension and defender Jiří Kladrubský started despite two broken fingers. The visitors were put under pressure from the start, however, and despite Sionko enjoying the first real chance – which he put just wide on 17 minutes – Žilina went straight up the other end and scored.

It was a spectacular finish: Emil Rilke's cross from the right was teed up by Ceesay on the edge of the box and he produced a superb bicycle kick to score in his third consecutive UEFA Champions League game. The striker was then only denied by a saving tackle a couple of minutes later, before Bony had an effort blocked in the Žilina box. The Slovakian champions were soon threatening again, though, Tomáš Oravec coming close to adding another but firing over.

Sparta were handed a lifeline on 53 minutes when Mário Pečalka brought down Bony in the box, yet Kladrubský's penalty was turned around the post at full stretch by Martin Dúbravka. That miss left the Czech club reeling and they almost conceded again as Ceesay and Tomáš Majtán put Žilina back on the offensive. Bony broke through only to drag his shot wide at the other end, but although he and his Sparta colleagues never let their heads drop, there was no way back.

Last updated: 01/04/11 13.50CET

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Lineups

žilina

Žilina

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

30
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK) (C)
3
PečalkaMário Pečalka
Yellow Card54
3
PamićManuel Pamić
Substitution86
5
GuldanĽubomír Guldan
4
HohenederNiklas Hoheneder
6
MrázPatrik Mráz
7
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution61
9
RilkeEmil Rilke
Yellow Card55
Substitution90+2
10
BonyWilfried Bony
10
MajtánTomáš Majtán
Substitution74
15
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
Yellow Card37
Penalty54
12
JežRóbert Jež (C)
19
BondoaAdiaba Bondoa
Substitution46
14
OravecTomáš Oravec
20
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Yellow Card40
15
PiačekJozef Piaček
23
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
18
M. CeesayMomodou Ceesay
Goal18
Substitution80
28
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Yellow Card52
28
BelloBabatounde Bello
30
HejdaLukáš Hejda

Substitutes

22
KrnáčMartin Krnáč (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
2
AngelovičStanislav Angelovič
9
KweukeLeony Kweuke
Substitution46
7
LeitnerVladimír Leitner
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
21
PoliačekPavol Poliaček
Substitution74
16
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
Substitution61
23
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
17
SkalákJiří Skalák
27
ZošákŠtefan Zošák
Substitution90+2
25
VacekKamil Vacek
37
VittorSergio Vittor
Substitution80
31
Třešňák Lukáš Třešňák
Substitution86

Coach

Pavel Hapal (CZE) Jozef Chovanec (CZE)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Vasco Santos (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Artur Dias (POR), Carlos Xistra (POR)

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