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Zürich comeback sinks Sparta

Published: Friday 26 October 2007, 0.27CET
AC Sparta Praha 1-2 FC Zürich Ten-man Zürich came from behind to claim a famous win in Prague, Alexandre Alphonse scoring the decisive goal.

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaZürich

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides6
 
6
Fouls committed21
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
1

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Published: Friday 26 October 2007, 0.27CET

Zürich comeback sinks Sparta

AC Sparta Praha 1-2 FC Zürich Ten-man Zürich came from behind to claim a famous win in Prague, Alexandre Alphonse scoring the decisive goal.

Ten-man FC Zürich came from behind to seal a fine away victory and leave AC Sparta Praha without a win in their past 12 home European matches.

End of drought
Miroslav Slepička finally ended Sparta's scoring duck - his first-half strike was the Czech club's first goal in eight home games in continental competition - but goals either side of the interval from Oumar Kondé and Alexandre Alphonse ensured a win for the Swiss Super League outfit, who clung on to take the points despite substitute Eric Hassli's late dismissal.

Kondé leveller
Sparta almost took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Jan Rezek's cross found Libor Došek in the centre of the penalty area, but his weak header went the wrong side of the post. However, Sparta went ahead in the 24th minute when Slepička fired Michal Kadlec's cross into the top-left corner from 12 metres. The hosts seemed in complete control, but as the first half drew to a close, Zürich began to threaten and, on 38 minutes, equalised.

Sparta chances
Yassine Chikhaoui's cross found Kondé in the middle of the penalty area and he beat Tomáš Poštulka with a raking shot. Sparta almost regained the lead 30 seconds into the second half when Došek's powerful 20-metre strike was well saved by Johnny Leoni and ten minutes later the impressive Miroslav Matušovič drilled a fierce effort over.

Alphonse winner
Zürich took advantage of Sparta's profligacy and Alphonse put them in front on 62 minutes with his fourth goal in the last four European games. Chikhaoui's pinpoint cross left the Frenchman with an easy tap-in from seven metres. On 80 minutes Hassli, who had been on for barely three minutes, was shown a red card for a foul on Tomáš Řepka, but although they threw everything forward, Sparta could not reply.

Last updated: 26/10/07 0.38CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

zürich

Zürich

1
PoštulkaTomáš Poštulka (GK)
1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka
24
SchneiderMarc Schneider
19
BrezinskýMiloš Brezinský
6
KollarSebastian Kollar
23
KadlecMichal Kadlec
13
StahelFlorian Stahel
6
LimberskýDavid Limberský
Yellow Card69
Substitution82
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen (C)
Yellow Card74
18
KiselKarol Kisel (C)
19
RochatAlain Rochat
Yellow Card28
17
SylvestreLudovic Sylvestre
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
28
MatušovičMiroslav Matušovič
17
ChikhaouiYassine Chikhaoui
9
DošekLibor Došek
5
KondéOumar Kondé
Goal38
10
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
Goal24
14
RaffaelRaffael
Substitution77
12
RezekJan Rezek
Yellow Card72
Substitution72
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
Goal62
Substitution87

Substitutes

24
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
8
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
2
LampiVeli Lampi
Substitution87
Substitution90+2
25
MarešPavel Mareš
8
GashiShkelzen Gashi
4
PetrželaMilan Petržela
Substitution72
Yellow Card90+4
16
EudiEudi
Substitution90+2
21
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
30
NádenícekBohumil Nádenícek
Substitution82
29
HassliEric Hassli
Substitution77
Red Card80
11
KrobJan Krob

Coach

Michal Bílek (CZE) Bernard Challandes (SUI)

Referee

Stuart Dougal (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), Stuart Macaulay (SCO)

Fourth official

Douglas McDonald (SCO)

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