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Hazard breaks Sparta hearts as Blues progress

Published: Thursday 21 February 2013, 23.25CET
Chelsea FC 1-1 AC Sparta Praha (agg: 2-1)
Eden Hazard's added-time goal broke Czech hearts as Rafael Benítez's team were pushed to the limit in reaching the round of 16.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaSparta Praha

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners7
 
3
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 21 February 2013, 23.25CET

Hazard breaks Sparta hearts as Blues progress

Chelsea FC 1-1 AC Sparta Praha (agg: 2-1)
Eden Hazard's added-time goal broke Czech hearts as Rafael Benítez's team were pushed to the limit in reaching the round of 16.

Eden Hazard scored with a wonderful strike two minutes into added time to break AC Sparta Praha's resistance and propel Chelsea FC into the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League.

Chelsea's glory nights on the way to last year's UEFA Champions League crown seemed far, far away as new signing David Lafata's first goal for the Czech club enabled Sparta to tie the aggregate scores. Although the Blues held sway after that, Sparta always managed to get in a defensive block, edging towards extra time before Hazard produced his magic.

The hosts created early chances with Fernando Torres having three attempts at goal, coming closest when he stretched to reach Juan Mata's right-wing cross. It was not one-way traffic though, César Azpilicueta putting his body in the way just as Václav Kadlec pulled the trigger.

With Sparta employing three strikers high up the pitch Chelsea continued to defend with a degree of uncertainty. Following a quick free-kick in the 17th minute Kadlec did well to retain possession before laying the ball into Lafata's path, allowing the forward to score with ease and spoil former Sparta goalkeeper Petr Čech's 100th European appearance.

Chelsea responded and Mata improvised superbly to give himself a good sight of goal, but Tomáš Vaclík proved equal to it as the ball dropped just over the bar.

Ramires rampaged through after the restart and his drive was diverted onto an upright by Matěj Hybš. It was a let-off for the visitors but their own threat on the counter was underlined by Marek Matějovský who carried the ball a long way into the heart of the home rearguard before shooting wide.

Sparta had two late chances to win it but instead were undone at the death when Hazard brilliantly took out two defenders before finishing with a thumping left-footed effort.

Last updated: 14/05/13 15.46CET

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Lineups

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Chelsea

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
31
VaclíkTomáš Vaclík (GK)
7
RamiresRamires
4
ŠvejdíkOndřej Švejdík
9
TorresFernando Torres
6
PřikrylTomáš Přikryl
Yellow Card84
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
8
MatějovskýMarek Matějovský (C)
Yellow Card87
11
OscarOscar
Substitution68
10
LafataDavid Lafata
Goal17
Yellow Card44
Substitution82
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
14
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
Substitution90+3
13
MosesVictor Moses
19
HybšMatěj Hybš
Yellow Card55
24
CahillGary Cahill
20
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
23
KrejčíLadislav Krejčí
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
25
HolekMario Holek
34
BertrandRyan Bertrand
Yellow Card86
33
VáchaLukáš Vácha

Substitutes

22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
1
M. ČechMarek Čech (GK)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
3
PamićManuel Pamić
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
11
KweukeLeony Kweuke
Substitution82
Yellow Card90+2
17
HazardEden Hazard
Substitution68
Goal90+2
24
VidličkaVlastimil Vidlička
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
27
PolomRoman Polom
21
MarinMarko Marin
29
BednářRoman Bednář
Substitution90+3
30
BenayounYossi Benayoun
32
JánošAdam Jánoš

Coach

Rafael Benítez (ESP) Vítězslav Lavička (CZE)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Marjan Kirovski (MKD), Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)

Fourth official

Dusko Miloseski (MKD)

Additional assistant referees

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)

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