Slick Slavia enjoy group spoils

Group A: SK Slavia Praha were the star weekend performers of the five teams in the pool, defeating Czech champions AC Sparta Praha 4-1.

BV Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Hamburger SV

Hamburg remain unbeaten on their travels in the Bundesliga, small consolation for only taking a point from a match they should have won on Sunday. Christoph Metzelder opened the scoring for Dortmund in the 53rd minute before Piotr Trochowski, deployed as playmaker with Rafael van der Vaart suspended, equalised 20 minutes later.

Coach Thomas Doll also had to field René Klingbeil in place of another suspended player, Guy Demel. The right-back has been banned for four games following an incident involving Maik Franz in last week's 1-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg, although he will miss a month anyway to recover from ligament damage in his right knee. "The players are disappointed but we shouldn't be too greedy," said Doll of the Dortmund draw. "We saw a great match, especially after the break, and both teams deserved to take something from it."

Tromsø IL 1 -0 Viking FK

Having got their Group A campaign off to a fine start with a home victory against AS Monaco FC, Viking were brought down to earth by their fellow Norwegian UEFA Cup challengers. The hero of Thursday, goalkeeper Anthony Basso, was sent off, while Frode Hansen's 33rd-minute own goal settled the game on a quagmire of a pitch. Basso saw red 20 minutes later having been adjudged to be the last man when felling Stephan Ademolu.

The defeat means Viking are almost certain to finish fifth in the Tippeliga with one round to go, and continues a disappointing domestic run in which Roy Hodgson's side have taken just one point from five matches. "I'm disappointed by the way we played - we were better with ten men than eleven," said the Englishman. "But I'm not downhearted that we'll miss out on a place in the Scandinavian Royal League." On Monday, Viking announced that Swede Tom Prahl would replace Finland-bound Hodgson on 1 January.

SK Slavia Praha 4-1 AC Sparta Praha

Slavia enjoyed an excellent weekend as they defeated their city rivals for only the third time since the league was established in 1993. Despite falling behind to Miroslav Matušovič's fifth-minute opener, Slavia could afford to miss a penalty as they bounced back with three goals in a devastating six-minute spell after the interval.

Stanislav Vlček captained Slavia with Karel Piták suspended, and put in a skipper's performance with a goal and two assists. Pavel Fořt missed from the spot in the 15th minute, but Dušan Švento (31) was not so profligate when equalising from Vlček's cross. Between the 61st and 67th minutes, Martin Latka headed in a corner, Vlček brilliantly chipped a third and Matej Krajcík completed the scoring with a fine angled drive.

Coach Karel Jarolím said: "We had one or two mix-ups in our defence early on and the game could have been over had Sparta scored from their second clear chance. After half-time I could be nothing but happy with the way my team played." That joy was tempered slightly by the loss after 36 minutes of Mexican midfielder Césareo Victorino with a leg injury.


The Bulgarian side were not in action as they prepared for Wednesday's postponed league fixture against PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Coach Miodrag Ješić has virtually a full squad to choose from with winger Petar Dimitrov the only absentee with a thigh problem. Despite the Matchday 1 loss to Hamburg, Ješić remains confident. "This group is very tough," he said. "We have not lost our chance as there are three games left. We're looking forward to the Slavia game."

FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 2-1 AS Monaco FC

Coach Dominique Bijotat was able to celebrate the scalp of his former club as Sochaux inflicted Monaco's fifth Ligue 1 defeat in 12 outings. Araujo Ilan (9) and Moumouni Dagano (40) were on target for the hosts, with Monaco full-back Maicon scoring from an Olivier Sorlin cross in added time.

With Javier Chevantón still nursing a thigh injury, Monaco coach Francesco Guidolin fielded David Gigliotti as a lone striker and reverted to a four-man back line. Togo forward Emmanuel Adebayor and Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plašil came on in the second half, although Flavio Roma (groin), Gerard López (thigh), Akis Zikos (leg) and Eric Cubilier (knee) missed out. Goalkeeper Guillaume Warmuz said: "Three goals conceded and no points from two games is definitely below our expectations."