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Oscar's night as Chelsea beat Sparta

Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 20.58CET
AC Sparta Praha 0-1 Chelsea FC
Oscar scored within seconds of coming on as a substitute as the European champions' Petr Čech made a winning return to his old club.
by Andy James
from Stadion Letná

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Match statistics

Sparta PrahaChelsea

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
8
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners3
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 20.58CET

Oscar's night as Chelsea beat Sparta

AC Sparta Praha 0-1 Chelsea FC
Oscar scored within seconds of coming on as a substitute as the European champions' Petr Čech made a winning return to his old club.

Oscar netted within 33 seconds of coming on as a substitute to ensure Chelsea FC claimed a 1-0 victory at AC Sparta Praha in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg.

Despite a promising start, the reigning European champions struggled to break down a compact Sparta back line and were matched for long periods until the Brazilian playmaker's sixth goal in Europe this season ended home hopes of a draw.

As the first club to drop out of the UEFA Champions League group stage as holders, Chelsea began like a side with a point to prove. Frank Lampard was the first to test Tomáš Vaclík in the Sparta goal and Eden Hazard fired another effort across goal inside the first ten minutes, but the Czech team weathered the storm.

Sparta twice went close themselves as they grew in confidence, with new signing David Lafata stretching to direct Tomáš Zápotočný's cross over the bar and Ladislav Krejčí's deflected strike almost wrong-footing Petr Čech.

Having allowed their hosts into the contest, Chelsea were unable to dictate like they had done in the opening exchanges. Fernando Torres's 35th-minute poke brought a fine save from Vaclík after Juan Mata unselfishly laid across, but it was the last clear-cut chance the Blues would have until deep into the second half.

Indeed, for a long time it looked as though the long-range Matěj Hybš strike that stung the palms of Čech would be the closest either side would come to breaking the deadlock. However, Sparta's resilience evaporated eight minutes from time. Oscar had been on the field just 33 seconds when he exchanged passes with Hazard before tucking in neatly at the near post to make it advantage Chelsea ahead of next week's second leg.

Last updated: 16/02/13 0.02CET

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Lineups

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

chelsea

Chelsea

31
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
4
ŠvejdíkOndřej Švejdík
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský (C)
7
RamiresRamires
10
LafataDavid Lafata
Substitution76
8
LampardFrank Lampard (C)
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
9
TorresFernando Torres
19
HybšMatěj Hybš
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution82
20
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
17
E. HazardEden Hazard
22
HušbauerJosef Hušbauer
Yellow Card67
Substitution85
21
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution68
23
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
Substitution81
24
CahillGary Cahill
Yellow Card41
25
HolekMario Holek
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
33
VáchaLukáš Vácha
34
BertrandRyan Bertrand

Substitutes

1
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
3
PamićManuel Pamić
Substitution81
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
11
KweukeLeony Kweuke
Substitution76
11
OscarOscar
Substitution82
Goal82
24
VidličkaVlastimil Vidlička
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
27
PolomRoman Polom
26
TerryJohn Terry
29
BednářRoman Bednář
Substitution85
30
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Substitution68
32
JánošAdam Jánoš
57
AkéNathan Aké

Coach

Vítězslav Lavička (CZE) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)

Fourth official

Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Andrea Gervasoni (ITA), Domenico Celi (ITA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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