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Slavia pegged back by Mpenza double

Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.20CET
R. Excelsior Mouscron 2-2 SK Slavia Praha A fine comeback earns the Belgian side a draw.

Match statistics

MouscronSlavia Praha

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.20CET

Slavia pegged back by Mpenza double

R. Excelsior Mouscron 2-2 SK Slavia Praha A fine comeback earns the Belgian side a draw.

R. Excelsior Mouscron 2-2 SK Slavia Praha
A fine late comeback gave hosts R. Excelsior Mouscron a share of the spoils in a four-goal UEFA Cup first round first-leg thriller with much-fancied Czech outfit SK Slavia Praha.

Hard work
The visitors looked to have done the hard work by moving into a two-goal lead early in the second half, only for the Belgian side to battle their way back into the tie with a two-goal burst by Mbo Mpenza.

Superior Czechs
Slavia dominated the first half, and could have been three goals ahead in no time. The technically and tactically superior Czech outfit had to wait until the 41st minute, however, to make their class tell, Stepan Vachousek scoring from Rudolf Skacel's centre.

Same vein
The second half continued in the same vain, and Slavia were two up three minutes after the break – Adam Petrouš finding the target with a fantastic 30-metre drive. There looked no way back for Mouscron.

Supersub Shishuba
However, the entrance of Cyril Shishuba Asanda as a substitute galvanised the home side, and they reduced the arrears with 18 minutes left, when Mpenza, easily Mouscron's best player, found the target with a header.

Grandstand finish
Mouscron went on to launch a grandstand finish, and their efforts were rewarded in the dying moments when Mpenza was pulled down in the area by Radek Bejbl. Mpenza equalised from the spot, and Bejbl was shown the red card.

Deserved equaliser
"We still have a chance," said Mouscron coach Lorenzo Staelens. "In the first half, our play was a disaster, we let Slavia develop their game and our combination play was poor. But we found our way after the substitutions, and I think that our equaliser was deserved."

Missed opportunities
"We succeeded in countering Mouscron in the first half," said Slavia coach Miroslav Beranek. "But we fell back and allowed them back into the game. We didn't make the most of our opportunities."

Last updated: 20/09/02 11.01CET

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