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Stalemate between Athletic and Sparta

Published: Thursday 6 December 2012, 23.20CET
Athletic Club 0-0 AC Sparta Praha
Already out, last season's finalists were unable to end on a high as they were held by a Sparta side who progressed as Group I runners-up.
Stalemate between Athletic and Sparta
Fernando Llorente of Athletic Club (L) and Pavel Kadeřábek of AC Sparta Praha compete for the ball ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

AthleticSparta Praha

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners8
 
4
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
17
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 20/06/2013 12:48 CET

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Published: Thursday 6 December 2012, 23.20CET

Stalemate between Athletic and Sparta

Athletic Club 0-0 AC Sparta Praha
Already out, last season's finalists were unable to end on a high as they were held by a Sparta side who progressed as Group I runners-up.

Athletic Club and AC Sparta Praha played out a scoreless draw in a game of few chances in their concluding UEFA Europa League Group I fixture.

Athletic advanced to the round of 32 as section winners during their run to the final a year ago, they but failed to reach those heights this time around and were already out of Europe prior to matchday six. Sparta, meanwhile, were guaranteed second place in the section before to their trip to Bilbao.

Last season's runners-up were nonetheless keen to give their supporters some cheer as they attacked their opponents in the early stages, Iker Muniain going close with a curling shot from inside the area that flew narrowly wide.

Their place in the draw on 20 December assured, Sparta started to relax and conjured the best half of the chance when Tomáš Zápotočný sent Jiří Skalák clean through only for the forward to thump his shot against the crossbar.

Seeking to end his team's run of three European games without a win on the road, Skalák again went close after the restart when racing through on the right. However, the 20-year-old's subsequent effort arced away from goalkeeper Raúl's left-hand post.

Athletic's Ismael López then tried a snap-shot that dropped wide, while Erik Morán went even closer with a strike from distance that bent narrowly off target.

That proved the game's concluding effort and, as Athletic's players left to the applause of supporters reminiscing on last season's efforts, Sparta must have been hoping they can now produce their own exciting run in the knockout stages.

Last updated: 08/12/12 0.14CET

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Lineups

athletic

Athletic

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
1
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
Substitution46
4
ŠvejdíkOndřej Švejdík
6
San JoséMikel San José
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský (C)
Substitution87
8
IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
11
KweukeLeony Kweuke
Substitution82
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente (C)
Substitution46
16
KadeřábekPavel Kadeřábek
Substitution69
16
Ismael LópezIsmael López
17
SkalákJiří Skalák
19
MuniainIker Muniain
Substitution46
19
HybšMatěj Hybš
22
CastilloXabier Castillo
20
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
Yellow Card26
26
Igor MartínezIgor Martínez
22
HušbauerJosef Hušbauer
Yellow Card34
28
RamalhoJonás Ramalho
24
VidličkaVlastimil Vidlička
38
LaporteAymeric Laporte
25
HolekMario Holek

Substitutes

1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
31
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
3
AurtenetxeJon Aurtenetxe
9
BalajBekim Balaj
Substitution82
11
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Substitution69
Yellow Card79
20
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution46
26
JirásekMilan Jirásek
23
EkizaBorja Ekiza
27
PolomRoman Polom
39
MoránErik Morán
Substitution46
32
JánošAdam Jánoš
Substitution87
40
PeñaÁlvaro Peña
Substitution46
37
GrajciarPeter Grajciar

Coach

Marcelo Bielsa (ARG) Vítězslav Lavička (CZE)

Referee

Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Walter Vromans (BEL), Yves De Neve (BEL)

Fourth official

Kristof Meers (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Luc Wouters (BEL), Jonathan Lardot (BEL)

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