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NEC produce a sting in the tail at Spartak

Published: Wednesday 3 December 2008, 23.43CET
FC Spartak Moskva 1-2 NEC Nijmegen
NEC kept their European hopes alive in dramatic fashion by scoring twice in the last six minutes to secure a win that leaves a tight Group D wide open.

NEC produce a sting in the tail at Spartak
Roman Shishkin (left) and Ivan Saenko tussle with NEC's Mostapha El Kabir (centre) ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Spartak MoskvaNEC

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
8
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 3 December 2008, 23.43CET

NEC produce a sting in the tail at Spartak

FC Spartak Moskva 1-2 NEC Nijmegen
NEC kept their European hopes alive in dramatic fashion by scoring twice in the last six minutes to secure a win that leaves a tight Group D wide open.

NEC Nijmegen kept their UEFA Cup hopes alive in dramatic fashion by scoring twice in the final six minutes to move into third place and leave Group D wide open.

Late drama
The Dutch Eredivisie outfit seemed to be heading out of the competition after a second-minute header from Serghei Covalciuc put FC Spartak Moskva ahead in the Russian capital. With NK Dinamo Zagreb also losing to Udinese Calcio, Spartak looked set to qualify for the Round of 32 until half-time substitute Jhon van Beukering levelled with six minutes to go and Lasse Schöne completed the turnaround three minutes later.

Perfect start
It had all started so well for Spartak, however, with Nikita Bazhenov's cross leaving Covalciuc with the simple task of nodding in from close range. Bazhenov then tried his luck from distance in an attempt to double the lead, first forcing a save from NEC goalkeeper Gábor Babos, then sending an effort wide.

Babos save
At the other end, Schöne, Joël Tshibamba and Mostapha El Kabir all fired wide from inside the penalty area, chances which NEC were almost made to pay for missing as Babos turned Ivan Saenko's 20-metre attempt around a post. Van Beukering replaced Tshibamba at the break and immediately signalled his intentions by eliciting a stop from Spartak goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.

NEC chances
Opportunities were being created by either side and Bazhenov thought he had made it 2-0, only for Babos to turn his strike away for a corner. Despite the lack of a second goal it appeared that Spartak would take the points, especially when El Kabir and Youssef El-Akchaoui wasted openings for the visitors.

Schöne winner
Babos was continuing to excel, meanwhile, frustrating Aleksandr Prudnikov and Roman Shishkin, saves which would prove decisive as NEC turned the tide late on. First substitute Collins John set up Van Beukering to head in and, with time ticking away, Schöne rifled a left-footed shot low past Pletikosa.

Last updated: 04/12/08 0.49CET

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Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

nec

NEC

22
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
1
BabosGábor Babos (GK)
31
ParshivlyukSergei Parshivlyuk
2
ZomerRamon Zomer
7
JiránekMartin Jiránek (C)
Yellow Card27
3
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
4
FathiMalik Fathi
5
El-AkchaouiYoussef El-Akchaoui
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
8
DavidsLorenzo Davids
32
BazhenovNikita Bazhenov
10
SchöneLasse Schöne
Goal87
43
ZotovAleksandr Zotov
Yellow Card16
Substitution46
14
BouaouzanRachid Bouaouzan
27
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
Goal2
16
SibumBas Sibum
Yellow Card35
Substitution64
8
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
Substitution73
21
Dani FernándezDani Fernández
30
SaenkoIvan Saenko
22
TshibambaJoël Tshibamba
Substitution46
38
MaloyanArtur Maloyan
Substitution59
35
El KabirMostapha El Kabir
Substitution74

Substitutes

35
DzhanaevSoslan Dzhanaev (GK)
25
BaartRein Baart (GK)
70
DeduraIgnas Dedura
4
KivuvuDominique Kivuvu
59
IvanovAndrei Ivanov
Substitution46
Yellow Card52
7
WormRutger Worm
Substitution74
57
GrigoryevMaksim Grigoryev
9
Van BeukeringJhon van Beukering
Substitution46
Goal84
19
MaidanaChristian Maidana
Substitution73
13
OttenMark Otten
18
PrudnikovAleksandr Prudnikov
Substitution59
17
JohnCollins John
Substitution64
40
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
19
JanssenTim Janssen

Coach

Michael Laudrup (DEN) Mario Been (NED)

Referee

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Torben Jensen (DEN)

Fourth official

Emil Laursen (DEN)

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