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Pitak sparks Slavia comeback

Published: Thursday 12 August 2004, 22.35CET
SK Slavia Praha 3-1 FC Dinamo Tbilisi A Karel Pitak-inspired Slavia show the benefit of experience.

Match statistics

Slavia PrahaDinamo Tbilisi

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 12 August 2004, 22.35CET

Pitak sparks Slavia comeback

SK Slavia Praha 3-1 FC Dinamo Tbilisi A Karel Pitak-inspired Slavia show the benefit of experience.

By Ladislav Josef

SK Slavia Praha showed the benefit of UEFA Cup experience as they came from behind to win the first leg of their second qualifying round tie against Dinamo Tbilisi.

Pitak the key
Karel Pitak proved the key man for Slavia, as he helped set up two goals and scored one for a side who have not failed to reach the first round of this competition since 1992, including two quarter-final appearances. But it was the visitors from Georgia that dominated the first half.

Visitors lead
Slavia had lost their opening league game to FC Zlín on Saturday, and struggled early on tonight. Indeed, they were behind after just 12 minutes as Mikheil Kakaladze went past Lukáš Došek and found Levan Melkadze, who hit the target with his cross-shot. Dinamo, whose 2002/03 UEFA Cup campaign ended against FC Slovan Liberec - then under the control of current Slavia coach Josef Csaplár - continued to attack but could not extend their lead before the break.

Turning point
Melkadze hit the post with a 57th-minute shot, but that proved to be the turning point as Slavia took control. Not long afterwards Pitak was tripped in the visitors' penalty area by David Chichveishvili and Brazilian striker Adauto Da Silva converted the resulting spot-kick.

Crucial goals
Two minutes later Slavia led as Lumír Sedlácek sent in a corner and Pitak forced the ball into the net. Pitak, a member of the Czech Republic team that won the 2002 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, was sent through one-on-one with Irakli Zoidze 13 minutes from time, and although the Georgian goalkeeper parried the shot, he was helpless against half-time substitute David Kalivoda's follow-up as Slavia gained a useful cushion for the return on 26 August.

Last updated: 13/08/04 11.40CET

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Lineups

slavia praha

Slavia Praha

dinamo tbilisi

Dinamo Tbilisi

1
ČernýRadek Černý (GK)
1
ZoidzeIrakli Zoidze (GK)
2
KratochvílKarel Kratochvíl
2
ChichveishviliDavid Chichveishvili
4
DošekLukáš Došek
Yellow Card68
3
KandelakiIlia Kandelaki
6
LatkaMartin Latka
4
SalukvadzeLasha Salukvadze
5
ŠvecMichal Švec
Yellow Card90
5
ShashiashviliGiorgi Shashiashvili
9
KukaPavel Kuka
6
AladashviliKakhaber Aladashvili
Substitution68
10
AdautoDa Silva Adauto
Goal60
Substitution84
7
NemsadzeGeorgi Nemsadze (C)
Substitution77
16
FořtPavel Fořt
Substitution46
15
KashiaShota Kashia
18
SedláčekLumír Sedláček
Yellow Card77
Substitution90+2
18
MelkadzeLevan Melkadze
Goal12
23
PitákKarel Piták
Goal64
21
KakaladzeMikheil Kakaladze
24
BejblRadek Bejbl (C)
23
KankavaJaba Kankava
Yellow Card55

Substitutes

29
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
12
MamaladzeZurab Mamaladze (GK)
7
LukešMartin Lukeš
8
BurduliVladimer Burduli
Substitution68
13
ChlebounJakub Chleboun
Substitution84
11
DvaliJaba Dvali
19
TáborskýIvo Táborský
Substitution90+2
17
KhmaladzeLevan Khmaladze
25
KalivodaDavid Kalivoda
Substitution46
Goal77
19
GancharovBoris Gancharov
26
StiburekFilip Stiburek
24
GigauriDavid Gigauri
27
GrigalashviliShota Grigalashvili
Substitution77

Coach

Josef Csaplár (CZE) Gia Geguchadze (GEO)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Alain Dutheil (FRA), Philippe Bombart (FRA)

Fourth official

Thierry Auriac (FRA)

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