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Liberec off the mark with Estoril scalp

Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 20.51CET
FC Slovan Liberec 2-1 Estoril Praia
Goals in either half from Josef Šural and Radoslav Kováč gave the home team their first victory in Group H.
Liberec off the mark with Estoril scalp
Josef Šural celebrates after scoring Liberec's opener ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 20.51CET

Liberec off the mark with Estoril scalp

FC Slovan Liberec 2-1 Estoril Praia
Goals in either half from Josef Šural and Radoslav Kováč gave the home team their first victory in Group H.

FC Slovan Liberec continued their promising start to UEFA Europa League Group H by edging Estoril Praia 2-1.

Buoyed by a 2-2 comeback draw at SC Freiburg last time out, the hosts broke through after 15 minutes courtesy of Josef Šural. Luís Leal levelled on the stroke of half-time after Bruno Miguel had been sent off, but Radoslav Kováč put Liberec back in front. And although Isaac Sackey became the second player to be dismissed late on, by then Jaroslav Šilhavý troops had done enough.

Dzon Delarge personified Liberec's early enthusiasm, displaying fleet of foot to beguile his marker and elicit a smart stop from Vagner at his near post. João Pedro Galvão caressed a shot narrowly wide at the other end, yet the visitors were soon behind. Taking receipt of David Pavelka's sumptuous through ball, midfielder Šural strode through one on one and produced an assured finish.

Estoril's response was spirited, even if Evandro could only head straight at goalkeeper Přemysl Kovář from Sebá's pinpoint cross. Indeed, not even Miguel's second yellow card for a foul on Martin Frýdek could puncture their momentum, and Leal steered in at the back post following a goalmouth scramble in the 45th minute.

Liberec were swift to wrestle back the initiative after the break, though, Sackey picking out Frýdek, whose firm header was cradled by Vagner. The same player then fired over and it came as little surprise when Kováč buried the ball in from close range. The only blot on an otherwise positive night for the hosts came when Sackey was sent off late on.

Last updated: 05/10/13

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Lineups

liberec

Liberec

estoril

Estoril

16
KovářPřemysl Kovář (GK)
1
VagnerVagner (GK) (C)
2
KelićRenáto Kelić
4
Bruno MiguelBruno Miguel
Yellow Card22
Red Card38
5
CoufalVladimír Coufal
Yellow Card69
5
Anderson LuizAnderson Luiz
Substitution83
8
PavelkaDavid Pavelka
8
Filipe GonçalvesFilipe Gonçalves
Substitution70
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
9
LealLuís Leal
Goal45
12
SackeyIsaac Sackey
Yellow Card65
Red Card83
11
João Pedro GalvãoJoão Pedro Galvão
Substitution62
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč (C)
Goal62
12
ManoMano
19
RabušicMichael Rabušic
Substitution90+3
13
GonçaloGonçalo
Yellow Card40
23
ŠuralJosef Šural
Goal15
Substitution90
15
EvandroEvandro
25
FleišmanJiří Fleišman
19
SebáSebá
28
DelargeDzon Delarge
Substitution77
26
Rúben FernandesRúben Fernandes

Substitutes

30
HroššoLukáš Hroššo (GK)
87
RibeiroRicardo Ribeiro (GK)
3
KarišikMiloš Karišik
2
TavaresYohan Tavares
Substitution62
9
KalitvintsevVladyslav Kalitvintsev
Substitution77
7
Javier BalboaJavier Balboa
Substitution83
14
HadaščokVojtěch Hadaščok
Substitution90
10
GersoGerso
Substitution70
20
JanošíkMartin Janošík
14
João PedroJoão Pedro
21
PimparaJiří Pimpara
Substitution90+3
17
GladestonyGladestony
99
Bruno LopesBruno Lopes

Coach

Jaroslav Šilhavý (CZE) Marco Silva (POR)

Referee

Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Jakob Bille (DEN), Lars Rix (DEN)

Fourth official

David Vang Andersen (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)

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