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Sparta and Liverpool draw a blank

Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 23.51CET
AC Sparta Praha 0-0 Liverpool FC
On a chilly Prague night clear-cut chances were at a premium as both sides seemed to miss respective departed spearheads.
by Paul Saffer
from Stadion Letná

Match statistics

Sparta PrahaLiverpool

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
0
Attempts off target8
 
2
Corners2
 
4
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed16
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 23.51CET

Sparta and Liverpool draw a blank

AC Sparta Praha 0-0 Liverpool FC
On a chilly Prague night clear-cut chances were at a premium as both sides seemed to miss respective departed spearheads.

AC Sparta Praha and Liverpool FC cancelled each other out to ensure their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie hangs in the balance ahead of next Thursday's Anfield return.

Despite the game efforts of right-backs Ondřej Kušnír and Glen Johnson to inject spark up the flanks, neither goalkeeper was frequently tested. Sparta and Liverpool appeared to be coming to terms to life without departed spearheads Wilfried Bony and Fernando Torres, but nevertheless both remain in contention.

Sparta, playing their first competitive game since the 1-1 home draw against PFC CSKA Moskva on 15 December, fielded newly-signed midfielders Martin Abena and Andrej Keric, who threatened with an angled 13th-minute shot. Liverpool, without Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger and Christian Poulsen, had began the brighter but were now being pegged back, Abena setting up Manuel Pamić to force Pepe Reina into a diving save.

The home side were happy to soak up Liverpool possession then counter at pace, the livewire Kušnír going close in a 35th-minute attack. Sotiris Kyrgiakos also bravely blocked a Marek Matějovský effort. Kenny Dalglish, managing Liverpool in Europe for the first time, sent on Joe Cole for Fábio Aurélio but chances remained rare.

That pattern remained in the second half, though Kamil Vacek's 63rd-minute cross was headed not far wide by Sparta's lone forward Leony Kweuke. At the other end, Johnson was pushing up the right and ran on to a long ball, cut into the box past two defenders and shot narrowly off target.

Reina proved his worth again when Kweuke turned and struck from close range. Matějovský and Vacek had attempts from distance in the dying minutes and there was a late Sparta debut for Tomáš Pekhart, but the deadlock remained.

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

liverpool

Liverpool

29
BlažekJaromír Blažek (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
2
ŘepkaTomáš Řepka (C)
Yellow Card39
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
3
PamićManuel Pamić
4
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský
Substitution90+2
6
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution37
9
KweukeLeony Kweuke
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
13
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
17
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Substitution89
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
21
BrabecErich Brabec
21
LucasLucas
25
VacekKamil Vacek
22
WilsonDanny Wilson
38
AbenaMartin Abena
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
40
KerićAndrej Kerić
Substitution73
24
NgogDavid Ngog
Yellow Card39
Substitution83

Substitutes

1
ZítkaDaniel Zítka (GK)
42
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
5
PodanýJakub Podaný
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution37
Yellow Card81
7
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution73
12
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
19
BondoaAdiaba Bondoa
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
22
ZemanMartin Zeman
Substitution89
34
KellyMartin Kelly
27
HušekLuboš Hušek
35
CoadyConor Coady
41
PekhartTomáš Pekhart
Substitution90+2
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
Substitution83

Coach

Jozef Chovanec (CZE) Kenny Dalglish (SCO)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Holger Henschel (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Gagelmann (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Babak Rafati (GER), Markus Wingenbach (GER)

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