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Friedrich stamps out Sparta's hopes

Published: Thursday 6 December 2007, 23.09CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 AC Sparta Praha Manuel Friedrich's header sent the ten-man hosts through and knocked Sparta out of the competition.

Match statistics

LeverkusenSparta Praha

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners8
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed7
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 6 December 2007, 23.09CET

Friedrich stamps out Sparta's hopes

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 AC Sparta Praha Manuel Friedrich's header sent the ten-man hosts through and knocked Sparta out of the competition.

A Manuel Friedrich header sent ten-man Bayer 04 Leverkusen through to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup at the expense of AC Sparta Praha.

Decisive moment
With both sides knowing that a draw might not be enough to take them to the next stage of the competition, Michael Skibbe’s side seemed to have lost the initiative after Carsten Ramelow was dismissed for violent conduct on 60 minutes. However, Freidrich rose to head home from a Tranquillo Barnetta corner eleven minutes later to send Sparta out of the competition.

Bright start
The home side made the brighter start, although a wall of Sparta players prevented them from encroaching into their penalty area. Unperturbed, Leverkusen chose instead to test Sparta goalkeeper Tomáš Grigar with a succession of shots from distance. Paul Freier twice brought the best out of the Czech custodian either side of a Gonzalo Castro effort which forced Grigar to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Agile save
The visitors looked for their chances on the break and almost found themselves going into the interval ahead. Miroslav Slepička's shot forced René Adler into an agile diving save down to his left which the Leverkusen goalkeeper eventually cleared at the second attempt.

Angry reaction
Leverkusen had done most of the running in the first 45 minutes, but within 15 minutes of the restart, they were given even more running to do when captain Ramelow reacted angrily to a tackle by Jan Rezek and pushed his opponent to the floor, leaving referee Martin Atkinson little choice but to send him off.

Side effects
The home side rose to the challenge of being a man down, and ten minutes later they were ahead. After Theofanis Gekas had missed several opportunities, Friedrich headed Barnetta's corner just inside the near post for the only goal of the game. Leverkusen’s success ensured that both FC Spartak Moskva and FC Zürich also qualify from Group E, despite the Swiss side’s 1-0 defeat in the Russian capital. Leverkusen travel to face Zürich in their final game on 19 December.

Last updated: 07/12/07 10.06CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

1
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
29
GrigarTomáš Grigar (GK)
2
HagguiKarim Haggui
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
Goal71
8
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
Substitution89
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes
9
DošekLibor Došek
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Yellow Card90+3
10
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
8
FreierPaul Freier
Substitution66
12
RezekJan Rezek
Yellow Card61
Substitution72
10
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution78
14
HorváthPavel Horváth
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
15
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
15
SarpeiHans Sarpei
18
KiselKarol Kisel
Yellow Card39
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
Yellow Card76
20
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch (C)
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow (C)
Red Card60
23
KadlecMichal Kadlec

Substitutes

22
FernandezBenedikt Fernandez (GK)
1
PoštulkaTomáš Poštulka (GK)
13
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
4
PetrželaMilan Petržela
14
DumSascha Dum
6
LimberskýDavid Limberský
17
GreškoVratislav Greško
Substitution83
17
SylvestreLudovic Sylvestre
20
SinkiewiczLukas Sinkiewicz
Substitution78
19
BrezinskýMiloš Brezinský
Substitution89
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Substitution66
Substitution83
28
MatušovičMiroslav Matušovič
Substitution72
33
NádenícekBohumil Nádenícek

Coach

Michael Skibbe (GER) Michal Bílek (CZE)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Muhammed Matadar (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Riley (ENG)

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