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Kiryat Shmona put Sparta qualification on hold

Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.00CET
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC 1-1 AC Sparta Praha
Vítězslav Lavička's charges missed the opportunity to confirm progress from Group I as the Israeli title holders held firm to take a point.
Kiryat Shmona put Sparta qualification on hold
Sparta's Ladislav Krejčí tussles with Lior Levi of Kiryat Shmona ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

H. Kiryat ShmonaSparta Praha

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
5
Corners2
 
1
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/11/2012 00:14 CET

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Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.00CET

Kiryat Shmona put Sparta qualification on hold

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC 1-1 AC Sparta Praha
Vítězslav Lavička's charges missed the opportunity to confirm progress from Group I as the Israeli title holders held firm to take a point.

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC held AC Sparta Praha in Haifa to prevent the Czech side qualifying for the knockout phase early, while maintaining their own slim hopes.

A win would have secured progress for the visitors, but Barak Bakhar's men knew defeat would end their own European ambitions, and Darko Tasevski put the hosts ahead just three minutes in. Leony Kweuke blasted in an equaliser from 30 metres, but no winner could be found. Sparta must wait until they welcome Group I leaders Olympique Lyonnais on matchday five for their next chance to confirm a spot among the final 32.

Despite picking up just one point, Kiryat Shmona had managed five goals in their opening three games, and showed their cutting edge immediately. László Lencse stretched the Sparta defence in the centre, before rolling the ball sideways to the onrushing Tasevski and the winger slotted between the legs of Tomáš Vaclík. Lencse's chip almost doubled the advantage, before the equaliser arrived on 24 minutes in spectacular fashion. Mario Holek headed goalkeeper Daniel Amos's clearance forward to Kweuke, and the forward volleyed the bouncing ball over the out-of-position custodian.

The goal signalled a period of intense Sparta pressure, and Amos needed to be on form to save from Josef Hušbauer and Tomáš Zápotočný, while Matěj Hybš shot over. After the break Marek Matějovský saw a free-kick blocked for Vítězslav Lavička's team, and another fly centimetres wide, while Amos was called into action, diving to his right to repel Zápotočný's bullet header. Kiryat Shmona showed little threat, yet held on for what could prove a crucial point. Five points behind Sparta, the third-placed Israeli side must win their remaining two matches to give themselves a glimmer of hope, starting against Athletic Club on 22 November.

Last updated: 10/11/12 0.15CET

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Lineups

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H. Kiryat Shmona

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Sparta Praha

13
AmosDaniel Amos (GK)
31
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
2
I. CohenItzhak Cohen
4
ŠvejdíkOndřej Švejdík
6
GazalRavid Gazal
Substitution61
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský (C)
11
EinbinderDaniel Einbinder
11
KweukeLeony Kweuke
Goal24
Yellow Card50
Substitution79
17
HasarmaSalah Hasarma (C)
Substitution58
16
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
Substitution74
18
GerzicichBryan Gerzicich
19
HybšMatěj Hybš
20
LeviLior Levi
20
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
22
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Goal3
Yellow Card42
22
HušbauerJosef Hušbauer
26
SallalichSintayehu Sallalich
23
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
Substitution63
29
LencseLászló Lencse
Substitution82
25
HolekMario Holek
81
MatovićDušan Matović
39
JarošíkJiří Jarošík

Substitutes

45
NitzanItamar Nitzan (GK)
1
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
4
VahabaBen Vahaba
Substitution58
6
PřikrylTomáš Přikryl
Substitution63
15
Gabai                         El'ad Gabai
9
BalajBekim Balaj
Substitution79
16
ElishaAdi Elisha
17
SkalákJiří Skalák
Substitution74
19
AbuhaziraShimon Abuhazira
Substitution61
24
VidličkaVlastimil Vidlička
21
PorokaraRoni Porokara
26
JirásekMilan Jirásek
23
RochetAdrian Rochet
Substitution82
27
PolomRoman Polom

Coach

Barak Bakhar (ISR) Vítězslav Lavička (CZE)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Assistant referees

Andrei Getikov (BLR), Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)

Fourth official

Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)

Additional assistant referees

Denis Scherbakov (BLR), Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

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