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Lafata treble puts Sparta in charge against Malmö

Published: Tuesday 29 July 2014, 22.15CET
AC Sparta Praha 4-2 Malmö FF
David Lafata's hat-trick inspired a Sparta comeback, earning the Czech club a first-leg victory against their Swedish opponents.
Lafata treble puts Sparta in charge against Malmö
Sparta celebrate one of David Lafata's three goals ©Martin Sekanina

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaMalmö

Goals scored4
 
2
Total attempts20
 
6
on target10
 
4
off target7
 
1
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
3
Offsides6
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
11

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 29 July 2014, 22.15CET

Lafata treble puts Sparta in charge against Malmö

AC Sparta Praha 4-2 Malmö FF
David Lafata's hat-trick inspired a Sparta comeback, earning the Czech club a first-leg victory against their Swedish opponents.

David Lafata scored a hat-trick as AC Sparta Praha came from behind twice to win a thrilling UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg against Malmö FF.

Although Lafata cancelled out Emil Forsberg's opener, the visitors regained the lead before half-time thanks to Isaac Kiese Thelin. However, two goals in two minutes from Lafata and Radoslav Kováč put the Czech club ahead before the Sparta captain – on target five times against FC Levadia Tallinn in the previous round – sealed victory with his third.

The game turned in the Swedish side's favour when Forsberg completed a quick counterattack by finding the net via a deflection off Kováč. Lafata drew the hosts level with a header, but five minutes later they were again caught out by a break that Kiese Thelin finished off.

Sparta heaped pressure on Malmö after the interval and two quick-fire goals gave them an advantage they never relinquished. Robin Olsen spilled a shot from Tomáš Přikryl and Lafata buried the loose ball; a minute later Kováč poked in when the goalkeeper failed to hold another Přikryl effort.

The capital club's comeback was sealed 20 minutes from time when their skipper headed in his third of the game and eighth of a highly fruitful European campaign, ensuring Sparta take a two-goal cushion into the second leg on 6 August.

Last updated: 31/05/15 2.32CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

malmö

Malmö

35
BičíkDavid Bičík (GK)
25
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
6
VáchaLukáš Vácha
2
ConchaMatias Concha
Substitution53
7
PřikrylTomáš Přikryl
Substitution71
3
TinnerholmAnton Tinnerholm
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský
Substitution84
4
HelanderFilip Helander
9
DočkalBořek Dočkal
6
HalstiMarkus Halsti
Substitution85
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
Goal52
8
AduEnoch Adu
16
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg (C)
21
LafataDavid Lafata (C)
Goal22
Goal51
Goal70
Substitution87
18
HammarJohan Hammar
22
HušbauerJosef Hušbauer
Yellow Card72
20
RicardinhoRicardinho
25
HolekMario Holek
24
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
Goal27
Substitution75
26
NhamoinesuCosta Nhamoinesu
33
ForsbergEmil Forsberg
Goal17
Yellow Card52

Substitutes

1
ŠtěchMarek Štěch (GK)
27
AzinovicZlatan Azinovic (GK)
5
BrabecJakub Brabec
7
ErikssonMagnus Eriksson
17
VacekKamil Vacek
Substitution84
14
KroonSimon Kroon
Substitution85
18
KonatéTiémoko Konaté
15
CibickiPaweł Cibicki
19
HybšMatěj Hybš
22
NazariAmin Nazari
Substitution53
29
BednářRoman Bednář
Substitution87
26
MehmetiAgon Mehmeti
Substitution75
33
BreznaníkMichal Breznaník
Substitution71
32
KonatePa Konate

Coach

Vítězslav Lavička (CZE) Åge Hareide (NOR)

Referee

Halis Özkahya (TUR)

Assistant referees

Çem Satman (TUR), Ekrem Kan (TUR)

Fourth official

Ali Palabıyık (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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