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Sparta face a difficult task in the second leg of the Europa League qualifier against Crvena Zvezda after losing 0-2 in Belgrade.

Six players made their competitive debut for Sparta, including Georges Mandjeck, who played his very first match for the Prague side. Josef Šural was ruled out with an injury.

Crvena Zvezda started well and put Sparta under a heavy pressure from the very start. Sparta defenders managed to clear two dangerous crosses in front of the net, but finally capitalised after cleverly taken free kick and Boakye’s opener.

The Serbs had more possession, but Sparta finally started to warm-up. Martin Frýdek missed their biggest chance in the first half, finishing off a cleverly taken corner, but missing the goal completely.

The display was much better in the beginning of the second half, as Sparta finally managed to hold the ball and put Zvezda under pressure too. However, Marc Janko missed from an angle in the biggest chance after Frýdek’s free kick.

And so the score changed on the other side, as Kanga’s lovely long-range effort bounced off the crossbar behind the goalline and Zvezda’s lead was doubled.

It could have been even worse shortly after, as Radonjić rushed past Karavaev along the goalline, bet Dúbravka, but hit the far post.

Sparta could not find the answer until the final whistle and will face a difficult task in the second leg.



FK Crvena Zvezda – AC Sparta Praha 2-0 (1-0)

Goals: 13‘ Boakye, 65‘ Kanga

Booked: Le Tallec - Vatajelu

Sparta: Dúbravka – Karavaev, Kaya, Štetina, Vatajelu (46‘ Čivić) – Mandjeck, Mareček – Plavšić (77‘ Ben Chaim), M. Frýdek, Juliš (46‘ Lafata) – Janko.

Crvena Zvezda: Borjan - Rodić, Le Tallec, Savić, Stojković - Donald, Jovičić – Milić (74‘ Gobeljić), Kanga, Ricardinho (61‘ Radonjić) – Boakye (87‘ Pešić).

Match officials: Lapochkin – Lebedev, Glot.

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