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Stubborn Spartak make point in Prague

Published: Thursday 29 November 2007, 23.50CET
AC Sparta Praha 0-0 FC Spartak Moskva
The visitors withstood sustained late pressure from Sparta to secure a valuable away draw in Group E.
Stubborn Spartak make point in Prague
Spartak defender Geder keeps Zdeněk Pospěch firmly in his sights ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaSpartak Moskva

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
0
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners4
 
5
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
10
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 29 November 2007, 23.50CET

Stubborn Spartak make point in Prague

AC Sparta Praha 0-0 FC Spartak Moskva
The visitors withstood sustained late pressure from Sparta to secure a valuable away draw in Group E.

FC Spartak Moskva remain on course for the UEFA Cup knockout rounds after withstanding late pressure to secure a valuable point away to AC Sparta Praha.

Slepička effort
Following a cagey first 45 minutes, the Czech team increasingly took charge as the second half wore on, mindful perhaps that, having lost their opening Group E home game against FC Zürich, they needed more than a point. Just after the hour Miroslav Slepička brought a stunning save from Stipe Pletikosa in the Spartak goal, and that set the tone for the rest of the match as Sparta drove forward only to be rebuffed by a blanket defence.

Došek header
On a freezing night in Prague, Pletikosa was kept busy throughout, warming his hands as early as the fourth minute when he comfortably caught Karol Kisel's speculative effort. Soon after he was grateful for a lack of accuracy as Libor Došek headed over when well-placed but the game was by no means all Sparta. The Russian visitors had already gone close through Welliton from long range and no sooner had Došek miscued than Artem Dzyuba did the same at the other end following Dmitri Torbinskiy's corner.

Late pressure
Spartak's threat was fleeting, however, and Pletikosa was soon back in the thick of it, doing well to parry Jan Rezek's right-footed shot. The sight of the Croatian goalkeeper diving was to become a familiar one. His stop to deny Slepička from point-blank range on 63 minutes stood out but he was also needed to keep out attempts from Kisel, Michal Kadlec and the lively Slepička, while Spartak's Martin Stranzl and Ignas Dedura both made timely blocks. Spartak held on and move to four points, level with their opponents but having played a match less. A victory at home to Zürich next week will seal their progress.

Last updated: 30/11/07 1.08CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

29
GrigarTomáš Grigar (GK)
22
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
15
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka
2
GederGeder
23
KadlecMichal Kadlec
70
DeduraIgnas Dedura
8
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
59
IvanovAndrei Ivanov
18
KiselKarol Kisel
6
SoavaFlorin Soava
14
HorváthPavel Horváth
14
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
20
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch (C)
9
TitovYegor Titov (C)
12
RezekJan Rezek
Substitution80
27
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
9
DošekLibor Došek
11
WellitonWelliton
Substitution87
10
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
40
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Substitution78

Substitutes

1
PoštulkaTomáš Poštulka (GK)
1
KhomichDmitri Khomich (GK)
19
BrezinskýMiloš Brezinský
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
17
SylvestreLudovic Sylvestre
36
KudryashovFedor Kudryashov
4
PetrželaMilan Petržela
7
BoyarintsevDenis Boyarintsev
6
LimberskýDavid Limberský
Substitution80
32
BazhenovNikita Bazhenov
Substitution87
26
M. AbrahámMartin Abrahám
18
PrudnikovAleksandr Prudnikov
Substitution78
28
MatušovičMiroslav Matušovič
31
ParshivlyukSergei Parshivlyuk

Coach

Michal Bílek (CZE) Stanislav Cherchesov (RUS)

Referee

Ceri Richards (WAL)

Assistant referees

Edward King (WAL), Philip Thomas (WAL)

Fourth official

Darren Adie (WAL)

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