AC Sparta Praha are safely though to the second round of the UEFA Cup after a single-goal victory at NK Široki Brijeg gave them a 4-0 aggregate win.
Confident moodJarošik pounces
The Czech side travelled to Bosnia-Herzegovina in confident mood with a three-goal lead from the first leg, and attacked from the start, going close on ten minutes when Martin Petras hit the post.
Sparta took the lead on the night 17 minutes later when Jirí Jarošik pounced on a cross to leave Široki needing five goals to progress past the first round. Although the home team did have a couple of good first-half chances, Sparta's defence was holding firm.
The second half was a quiet affair, with Sparta happy to dominate midfield and not allow their hosts any sight on goal. Sparta themselves did get more forward on occasion, but found Široki Igor Melher in no mood to be beaten again.
Satisfied Sparta coach Jozef Jarabinský said after the game: "We had done our job already at home. We knew Široki would try to win, but we started the match offensively and secured the result."
'The tie was decided'
Široki coach Ivo Ištuk agreed that the first-leg had been decisive, saying: "The tie was decided in Prague. We tried to achieve a victory but we could not succeed."