Just a draw with Trabzonspor
Sparta played the third qualifying round of the Europa League against Trabzonspor well and led 2-0 after goals by Costa and Kanga. But the guests equalized in the last ten minutes and the match ended 2-2.
There were two changes in the basic line-up compared to the league match with Příbram. Tetteh took the place of Kozák and Martin Hašek replaced Adam Hložek. However, Michal Trávník took the place of right midfielder.
Sparta had a huge chance at the beginning of the match. Tetteh run the defenders, passed to Hašek, which moved the ball to Trávník. At that moment an uncovered goal were in front of our midfielder, but unfortunately he hit just the bar.
In the thirteenth minute, Kanga was fouled by the box and there was a free kick from a dangerous position. Kanga himself hit the wall.
A moment later Kagna had another free kick, the ball bounced off the wall to the corner. Kanga found Costa's head in the penalty area. Just like at the weekend, Costa was sent Sparta to the lead!
Sparta then handled a pressure from the opponent and threatened again. Kanga tried it in the 23rd minute. But Cakir saved.
Moment later, Costa didn't play an ideal pass to Nita and our goalie went out of the box and played by his hand. The referee gave him a yellow card.
Kanga tried it again from a great distance after 34 minutes, but Cakir saved again.
Sparta played another corner kick, this time shortly. Costa fired through the defenders from behind the box. The ball ended next to the right post.
There was another big chance in the last second of the first half. Hašek pushed to Tetteh and he lost the ball before he could finish.
Kanga unexpectedly played a short free kick to Štetina in the 57th minute. He was not guarded by anyone, but his shot was destroyed by Cakir.
Then the guests threatened again. Sparta lost the ball during and the Turks rushed went to the Spartan goal. Nita bounced of a shot by Ekuban.
In the 68th minute came a well-known and beautiful discipline by Guélor Kanga. He got the ball out of the box, didn't have much time, but he still prepared it for the shot. And it was a beautiful goal. 2-0!
The guests had a great chance in 79th minute. Nwakaeme was at the end of the quick action, then pushed to Sorloth. Fortunately, he missed.
Unfortunately another chance has already ended with a goal. The guests had a free kick from a distance and Ekuban got the crossed ball to the net.
And it wasn't all. Sorloth took over the ball in the 89th minute, only Costa could defend it, but the striker managed to deal with him, fired and equalized. The match with the empty stadium ended 2-2.
AC Sparta Praha - Trabzonspor 2-2 (1-0)
Goals: 16. Costa, 68. Kanga – 84. Ekuban. 89. Sorloth. YC: Nita, Tetteh, Trávník – Mikel, Ömür (76. Avdijaj), Türkman, Sosa. Referees: Montero – De Cerain, Espejo (Špa.). Attendance: 240.
Sparta: Nita – Sáček, Costa, Štetina, Hanousek –Hašek, Kanga, Trávník (87. Karlsson), Krejčí, Plavšić (90. Hancko) – Tetteh (80. Kozák).
Trazonspor: Cakir – Pereira, Türkmen, Hosejní, Novák – Ömür, Sosa, Parmak, Mikel (46. Sorloth), Nwakaeme – Ekuban (90. Erdogan).