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AC Sparta Praha 3 - 2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Wed 27 September 20:45
Letná, Prague

Sparta edge past Shakhtar

AC Sparta Praha opened their UEFA Champions League goalscoring account in style as they edged past FC Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 in their First Group-Match Stage encounter at the Letná Stadium in Prague.


Josef Obajdin &
Shevchuk go for
the ball in
(© Reuters)
The Czech side, who had not previous scored a goal in the tournament, deservedly came out on top after a pulsating second half which contained all five goals. Tomáš Rosický opened the scoring before Hennadii Zubov's opportunist strike wiped out the lead two minutes later. Michal Hornák bagged Sparta's second and Jiri Jarošik their third before Hornák turned the ball into his own net to give the visitors a glimmer of hope with just six minutes left.
The Ukrainians, who lost by the same scoreline to Arsenal FC last week, again did themselves proud on their travels in Europe, but are now facing early elimination from the competition.

Sparta stronger
A scrappy first half gave no indication of the drama that would follow after half-time, though Sparta looked marginally the stronger and were prepared to commit more players in attack. Midfielder Tomáš Rosický looked particularly sharp going forward and caused problems with his pace, but like Shakhtar, Sparta struggled with the final touch. The watchful Yurig Virt in the visitors' goal was relatively untroubled though his opposite number Tomáš Poštulka did well to save with his feet from Andreii Vorobiei early on.
The best chance of the half fell to Sparta's Libor Sionko. Clean through, he shot straight at Virt's feet as the keeper sprawled in front of him. The ball looped back into the air, but the onrushing midfielder could only head it wide with the goal at his mercy. Jiri Jarošik tried his luck with an overhead bicycle kick, but Virt was up to the challenge.

Deadlock broken
After the break, Sparta showed redoubled determination and they surged forward on 54 minutes. Rosický played a neat one-two with Sionko on the edge of the area and then moved into space to blast the ball into the net. It was Sparta's first goal of the Champions League season, but their lead was wiped out just two minutes later. Zubov found himself in space on the edge of the area and bent a magnificient shot beyond Poštulka's reach into the top-left corner.

Sparta regain lead
After a further 17 minutes of midfield action, the home side went 2-1 up. Labant's delivery from a corner on the left was floated high into the area and Hornák beat Aliuta in the air to nod past Virt at the far post. Sparta rung the changes to consolidate their lead and added a third on 82 minutes. This time Jarošik found the net, standing his ground well in the face of Virt's flapping and heading home from a corner.

Late shock
But as the Letná Stadium came out in full voice, Shakhtar gave them a shock by dragging it back to 3-2. Just ten minutes after scoring for Sparta, Hornák turned the ball into his own net under pressure from substitute Vitali Abramov after Zubov's cross. The home side endured a nail-biting last few minutes, but soon they were celebrating after securing their first points of the competition - and moving to within three points of SS Lazio in Group B.

First Half  0 - 0
26'  17 Aliuta  SD
Extra 1'57"
Second Half  3 - 2
54'  25 Rosický  SP
56'  9 Zubov  SD
65'  3 Gleveckas  SD
73'  5 Hornak  SP
76'  11 Obajdin (out)
19 Prohaszka (in)
78'  8 Kovalyov (out)
21 Abramov (in)
79'  10 Atelkin (out)
20 Byelik (in)
82'  20 Jarosik  SP
84'  5 Hornak (Own) SP
87'  6 Z Svoboda (out)
7 Kolousek (in)
90'+2  14 Sionko (out)
23 Papousek (in)
Extra 4'03"
Full Time Statistics
12 Shots on goal 4
8 Wide shots 4
20 Fouls committed 26
6 Corners 4
5 Off sides 0
25'20" Ball Possession (time) 26'42"
48% Ball Possession (%) 52%
Detailed Match Player Statistics >>
Shakhtar upbeat despite defeat in Prague
FC Shakhtar Donetsk coach Viktor Prokopenko sounded a rallying cry to his team after they were pipped 3-2 by AC Sparta Praha in their UEFA Champions League First Group Stage encounter at the Letná Stadium in Prague.
Prague Post-Match Reaction
AC Sparta Praha - FC Shakhtar Donetsk: Minute by Minute
Sparta edge past Shakhtar
Sparta and Shahktar play for pride
Sparta Praha
1 Postulka 
2 Grygera 
3 Labant 
5 Hornak 
6 Z Svoboda 
8 J Novotný  (C)
11 Obajdin 
13 Bolf 
14 Sionko 
20 Jarosik 
25 Rosický 
22 Blažek 
7 Kolousek 
9 Kincl 
10 Siegl 
19 Prohaszka 
23 Papousek 
27 Mynar 
Shakhtar Donetsk
1 Virt 
2 Starostyak 
3 Gleveckas 
4 Tymoschuk 
6 Bakharev 
8 Kovalyov  (C)
9 Zubov 
10 Atelkin 
11 Vorobey 
14 Shevchuk 
17 Aliuta 
12 Shutkov 
15 Kriventsov 
18 Savu 
19 Gai 
20 Byelik 
21 Abramov 
Assistant Referee
MAYR Markus (AUT)
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