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Sparta stride on against nine-man Palermo

Published: Thursday 2 December 2010, 22.50CET
US Città di Palermo 2-2 AC Sparta Praha
The Czech team twice recovered from falling behind to earn a Group F point which sent them through to the knockout stage.
by Sam Crompton
Sparta stride on against nine-man Palermo
Jiří Kladrubský is congratulated after putting Sparta on level terms for the first time ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PalermoSparta Praha

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners1
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
23
Yellow cards5
 
5
Red cards2
 
0

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Published: Thursday 2 December 2010, 22.50CET

Sparta stride on against nine-man Palermo

US Città di Palermo 2-2 AC Sparta Praha
The Czech team twice recovered from falling behind to earn a Group F point which sent them through to the knockout stage.

AC Sparta Praha twice came from behind to draw with nine-men US Città di Palermo and advance from UEFA Europa League Group F.

The result consolidated Jozef Chovanec's side's four-point advantage over Palermo, thus ending the Italian team's campaign. Second-half strikes from Jiří Kladrubský and Juraj Kucka – cancelling out goals from Nicola Rigoni and Mauricio Pinilla respectively – assured Sparta of their place in the round of 32. Their hosts ended with nine men following the dismissals of Dorin Goian and Javier Pastore.

It was a tentative start, however, with both sides struggling to gain a foothold in the match. The contest eventually came to life in the 23rd minute when Fabio Liverani's floated free-kick was only half cleared. The ball fell to Rigoni whose bullet of a shot found its way through a crowded penalty area and left Jaromír Blažek with no chance.

It was a half in which Sparta struggled to create any clear openings, often relying on set pieces to pressure the Palermo defence. Five minutes into the second period, though, Wilfried Bony robbed Goian of possession, before being brought down in the penalty area by the defender, who received his second yellow card.

The resulting spot kick was confidently converted by Kladrubský, despite Francesco Benussi guessing correctly. Eight minutes later, Palermo were awarded a penalty of their own, Pinilla powering in to put his side back in the ascendancy.

Kamil Vacek then crossed for Kucka – who rose majestically at the back post to guide his header past Benussi – to restore parity once again with 28 minutes still remaining. It was a subdued close, however, Fabrizio Miccoli going closest with an effort which whistled just wide. Palermo's misery was complete when Pastore was dismissed for a second yellow card in added time.

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Lineups

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Palermo

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Sparta Praha

99
BenussiFrancesco Benussi (GK)
29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
3
GoianDorin Goian
Yellow Card44
Red Card50
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka (C)
Yellow Card90
6
MuñozEzequiel Muñoz
3
PamićManuel Pamić
8
MigliaccioGiulio Migliaccio
Yellow Card12
5
PodanýJakub Podaný
Substitution83
11
LiveraniFabio Liverani
Substitution70
9
KweukeLeony Kweuke
Yellow Card54
Substitution90+3
16
CassaniMattia Cassani (C)
10
BonyWilfried Bony
24
RigoniNicola Rigoni
Goal23
13
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
Yellow Card18
Substitution70
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Yellow Card55
Red Card90+3
15
KladrubskýJiří Kladrubský
Goal51
32
MaccaroneMassimo Maccarone
Substitution52
20
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Goal62
42
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
21
BrabecErich Brabec
Yellow Card59
51
PinillaMauricio Pinilla
Goal60
Substitution76
25
VacekKamil Vacek
Yellow Card59

Substitutes

46
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
4
KasamiPajtim Kasami
Substitution70
4
HohenederNiklas Hoheneder
Substitution90+3
5
BovoCesare Bovo
Substitution52
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský
7
João Pedro GalvãoJoão Pedro Galvão
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Substitution70
10
MiccoliFabrizio Miccoli
Substitution76
22
ZemanMartin Zeman
Substitution83
25
GlikKamil Glik
28
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
29
GarcíaSantiago García
30
HejdaLukáš Hejda

Coach

Delio Rossi (ITA) Jozef Chovanec (CZE)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Igor Krmar (CRO), Siniša Premužaj (CRO)

Fourth official

Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Igor Pristovnik (CRO), Dalibor Mlakar (CRO)

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