Sparta reaches the quaterfinals
Sparta reaches the quarterfinals of the MOL Cup! The dramatic match in Opava ended by penalties. In the sixth series Martin Frýdek scored the winning penalty.
Head coach Zdeněk Ščasný decided to play with Milan Heča as a goalkeeper and one forward, Benjamin Tetteh. Kanga came back in the five-member midfield.
Sparta started actively and Opava was in the pressure. In the tenth minute fired Tetteh a bit from an angle and hit the side net.
Few minutes after Tetteh was in contact with Opava goalkeeper. Unfortunately Tetteh injured his knee. He tried to continue the game for a while, but then he fell back on the pitch and had to substitute. Golgol Mebrahtu replaced him.
After half an hour, Stanciu defeated the ball in, fired even though he was fouled and hit the post.
In the last minute of the first half Opava had the first big chance. Home team played a standard situation, Svozil shot and it looked like a goal. But the keeper Heča was quick and saved us by fantastic tackle.
In the beginning of the the second half Stanciu had a chance. Chipciu sent him a good pass, but Nico missed the goal. A moment later, Stanciu tried it again, this time Fendrich saved the home team.
Opava had also a chance. Petr Zapalč shot from the middle distance and Milan Heča pushed the ball to the corner kick.
Two minutes before the 90th minute, Kanga centered in front of the goal. Pulkrab headed the ball and in was almost the goal, but the defender Žídek kicked the ball off from the goal line and saved Opava.
The match had to be extended. In his first part of the extra time Radakovic had the big chance after Kanga’s free kick, but he missed the target.
In the second part home team had few chances, but Janetzký, Jursa and Kayamba missed. So, the match had to be decided by penalty shootout.
Stanciu and Chipciu did not score, even though Sparta was the lucky team after winning penalty by Martin Frýdek in the sixth series.
SFC Opava - AC Sparta Praha 0:1 after penalty shootout (0: 0)
Kuzmanović X Stanciu X
Simerian ✔ Kanga ✔
Kayamba ✔ Chipciu X
Jursa X Pulkrab ✔
Smola ✔ Golgol ✔
Schaffartzik X Frydek ✔
YC: Jurečka, Kayamba, Janetzký - Frýdek, Wiesner, Golgol Referee: Jílek - Kotalík, Pečenka Spectators: 6 070
Opava: Fendrich - Hrabina, Simersky, Svozil, Žídek - Jurečka (79. Kayamba), Janetzký, Schaffartzik, Řezníček (76. Jursa), Zapalač (113. Kuzmanović) - Juřena (96. Smola).
Sparta: Heča - Wiesner (79. Pukrab), Radaković, Costa, Ćivić - Chipciu, Frýdek, Stanciu, Kanga, Plavšić (112. Hložek) - Tetteh (20. Golgol).