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CFR coup has Sparta on the climb

Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 21.45CET
AC Sparta Praha 2-0 CFR 1907 Cluj
First-half goals from Juraj Kucka and Roman Hubník were enough for the Czech visitors to climb two places to second in Group K.
CFR coup has Sparta on the climb
Juraj Kucka celebrates after opening the scoring for Sparta ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaCFR Cluj

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
7
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed22
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 21.45CET

CFR coup has Sparta on the climb

AC Sparta Praha 2-0 CFR 1907 Cluj
First-half goals from Juraj Kucka and Roman Hubník were enough for the Czech visitors to climb two places to second in Group K.

AC Sparta Praha defeated CFR 1907 Cluj 2-0 to climb two places to second in UEFA Europa League Group K and end a six-year wait for a home victory on group-stage duty.

Return match
First-half goals from Juraj Kucka and Roman Hubník set Sparta on their way, and the Czech team were largely untroubled in the second period as they claimed a first group-stage triumph since beating S.S. Lazio in the UEFA Champions League on 9 December 2003. More importantly, Jozef Chovanec's side are in a position to qualify and will look to strengthen that further when they travel to Romania for the return fixture on 5 November.

Brave opener
Cluj were lively in the opening exchanges and could have taken the lead on 13 minutes when the well-placed Lacina Traoré could only head a Juan Culio centre into the hands of goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek. Two minutes later the home team scored from their first attack, Kucka showing athleticism and bravery to charge into the box and nod Ondřej Kušnír's cross beyond Nuno Claro.

Hooked pass
Bony Wilfried should have played in Kamil Vacek on the half-hour, too much weight on his short pass denying the No25 a clear run on goal, but Sparta soon doubled their advantage anyway. The danger looked to have passed when a free-kick was headed clear, yet Kucka thought differently and effected a superb hooked pass over his head to defender Hubník who was free to pick his spot with a volley.

Kadlec involved
Cluj coach Antonio Conceição responded by making two substitutions at half-time, yet it was Sparta who threatened first as Nuno Claro did well to tip over a dipping effort from Václav Kadlec. The 17-year-old also created the clearest opening of the half, playing in Wilfried whose 71st-minute shot lacked the precision of the pass which preceded it.

Last updated: 23/10/09 1.02CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

cfr cluj

CFR Cluj

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
1
Nuno ClaroNuno Claro (GK)
Yellow Card90+3
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka (C)
3
CabreraNelson Cabrera
3
PamićManuel Pamić
4
PaninCristian Panin
6
HubníkRoman Hubník
Goal32
8
PeraltaSixto Peralta
Substitution46
12
BonyWilfried Bony
9
TraoréLacina Traoré
Yellow Card38
Substitution72
13
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
Yellow Card58
19
CulioJuan Culio
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Substitution74
20
CadúCadú (C)
Yellow Card45+2
19
KaloudaLuboš Kalouda
Yellow Card68
Substitution90+1
31
DaniDani
20
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Goal15
66
EdimarEdimar
23
KovbaDenis Kovba
77
DeacCiprian Deac
Yellow Card16
Substitution46
25
VacekKamil Vacek
Substitution89
99
NeiNei

Substitutes

24
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
44
StăncioiuEduard Stăncioiu (GK)
4
HohenederNiklas Hoheneder
Substitution89
2
TonyTony
5
ŠvecVladimír Švec
6
MureşanGabriel Mureşan
7
StřeštíkMarek Střeštík
Substitution90+1
7
DubarbierSebastián Dubarbier
Substitution46
9
PrudnikovAleksandr Prudnikov
Substitution74
15
AlcântaraHugo Alcântara
10
JiroušMartin Jirouš
22
BuşSergiu Buş
Substitution72
22
ZemanMartin Zeman
23
MaraBogdan Mara
Substitution46

Coach

Jozef Chovanec (CZE) Antonio da Conceição Da Silva Oliveira (POR)

Referee

Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Ilya Baryshnikov (RUS), Vitali Drozdov (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Maksim Layushkin (RUS), Sergei Karasev (RUS)

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