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Široki succumb to Sparta

Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.09CET
AC Sparta Praha 3-0 NK Široki Brijeg Sparta win with something to spare at the Letná.

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaŠiroki Brijeg

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.09CET

Široki succumb to Sparta

AC Sparta Praha 3-0 NK Široki Brijeg Sparta win with something to spare at the Letná.

AC Sparta Praha 3-0 NK Široki Brijeg
AC Sparta Praha never really pushed into top gear in their UEFA Cup first round first-leg tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina's NK Siroki Brijeg, but still managed to run out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Sparta struggle
Sparta's performance of fits and starts was most evident during the opening 45 minutes. The Czech Republic side struggled to break down the stubborn Široki defence and at times lacked any attacking invention. But then, from nothing, Michal Pospísil broke the deadlock four minutes before the break after instigating and finishing a one-two with Lukás Zelenka.

Raised their game
The hosts raised their game after the restart, but Igor Melher managed to keep Sparta at bay by parrying several dangerous shots including Jirí Jarosík's deflected free-kick. Sparta, however, were not to be denied and Miroslav Baranek connected with Libor Sionko's cross to fire the ball through a crowd of players and into the net after 63 minutes.

Overhead kick
Former Manchester United FC winger Karel Poborský then satisfied the fans 15 minutes before the end when he added the third with an overhead kick, an impressive flash of individual flair in an otherwise routine display. At the other end, the Bosnian league leaders failed to create a single scoring chance with Mirko Hrgovic's free-kick alone allowing Sparta 'keeper Jaromír Blazek the chance to warm his hands.

Nervous start
"We were pretty nervous at first," said Sparta coach Jozef Jarabinský. "It is not easy to play against a ten-man defence, but then you have to create a lot of clear chances." Jarabinský, while impressed by Poborský's wonderful strike, was more concerned with the injury to Libor Sionko that will keep him out of the upcoming Prague derby match against Slavia.

Last updated: 20/09/02 11.54CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

široki brijeg

Široki Brijeg

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek
23
MelherIgor Melher
2
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
4
BajkušaDanijel Bajkuša
4
MarešPavel Mareš
5
RadovanicGoran Radovanic
Yellow Card66
6
PoborskýKarel Poborský
Goal75
6
MusaMarin Musa
Yellow Card51
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
Substitution85
7
IvićPero Ivić
Substitution31
8
NovotnýJiří Novotný
8
KaticMiro Katic
Substitution80
14
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution73
11
M. HrgovićMirko Hrgović
15
PospíšilMichal Pospíšil
Goal40
Substitution78
15
Ante HrgovićAnte Hrgović
Substitution84
16
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
22
KurtovicDamir Kurtovic
Yellow Card32
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík
24
ErcegHrvoje Erceg
23
BaranekMiroslav Baranek
Goal63
25
DjuričićSaša Djuričić

Substitutes

30
ŠpitMichal Špit
1
RadošDario Radoš
5
FlachbartJan Flachbart
3
LoncarRobert Loncar
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
Substitution73
9
JuričićNikola Juričić
11
ObajdinJosef Obajdin
10
CoricDenis Coric
Substitution31
Yellow Card42
17
SivokTomáš Sivok
Substitution85
14
CosicVinko Cosic
Substitution84
19
M. PetrášMartin Petráš
20
GalićIvica Galić
21
JunTomáš Jun
Substitution78
21
GlavašSaša Glavaš
Substitution80

Coach

Jozef Jarabinský (CZE) Ivo Ištuk (BIH)

Referee

Douglas McDonald (SCO)

Assistant referees

Richard Stewart Shearer (SCO), Graeme Robert Alison (SCO)

Fourth official

Tom Brown (SCO)

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