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Sparta say goodbye to the Europa League after a 1-1 draw with Rostov at Letná. Vyacheslav set the final scoreline minutes before the final whistle, even though Sparta were one man short after Costa’s red card in the second half.

Matěj Pulkrab played his first match this spring. Lukáš Juliš also got the chance, Mario Holek – the captain for the night – played in the central midfield in the first half.

Sparta started the match off well, but it was the opposition to strike first. Bukharov found Poloz with a clever lob over the home center backs, and Poloz gave Koubek no chance. Since then, Sparta’s hopes were gone.

Home team tried to answer with chances by Čermák and Pulkrab, Karavaev even hit the crossbar with his amazing long-range effort.

However, more bad news came before the break. Matěj Pulkrab got badly injured, left the pitch on the stretchers and had to be transported to the hospital.

Sparta enjoyed more posession in the second half, but were struggling with converting their chances. Karavaev’s dangerous cross only went past Medvedev and ended up wide, Juliš’s header went right to the keeper’s gloves.

Unfortunately, things got complicated in the 67th minute, when Costa saw his second yellow card and was sent off.

Even though being one man short, Sparta managed to level things up. Karavaev got a nice pass by Šural in the box and curved the ball into the top corner. It could not change the outcome of the match, as Sparta are eliminated from the competition anyway.



AC Sparta Praha - FC Rostov 1-1 (0-1)

Goals: 84' Karavaev - 13' Poloz

Bookings: Costa, Šural - Bukharov, Kalachev, Erokhin

Red cards: Costa

Sparta: Koubek - Karavaev, Mazuch (46' Havelka), M. Kadlec, Costa - Čermák, Holek, Sáček, Néstor (70' Hybš) - Juliš, Pulkrab (40' Šural).

Rostov: Medvedev - Kalachev, Mevlja, César Navas, Granat (70' Terentyev), Kudryashov - Noboa, Erokhin, Gatskan (46' Prepelita) - Bukharov (46' Azmoun), Poloz.

Match officials: Göcek - Eyisoy, Yilmaz - Ulusoy, Simsek.

Attendance: 13413.

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