UEFA Europa League
Generali Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
6′ V. Kadlec
25′ V. Kadlec
74′ Ranocchia Sent off (Second bookable offence)
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FT: The result means that Sparta Prague move into third on three points whilst Inter remain bottom without a point. Southampton remain on top with four points ahead of second-placed Hapoel Be’er Sheva (also on four points) on goal difference. It is the second consecutive Europa League defeat for the Italian side.
FT: The visitors were poor in all honesty, gifting the Czech side two goals before Ranocchia’s dismissal, which left the Italian side vulnerable from the resulting set-piece from which they scored. Before Ranocchia’s sending-off, the visitors did find a goal from Palacio, albeit it fortuitously. They possibly should have scored another when Éder was found by substitute Icardi but he could only shoot wide. A lack of discipline from Inter cost them dearly in this match as their lacklustre defence was capitalised by the Czech side.
FT: So Sparta have beaten the three-time former UEFA Cup champions rather comfortably in the end. The scoreline doesn’t flatter the Czech side either as they could have extended their lead with Karavayev firing into the side-netting and V. Kadlec unfortunate not to have completed a hat-trick when he fired over the bar from close-range.
90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+1′ Pulkrab receives a yellow card for a foul on Icardi.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
89′ Icardi attempts an audacious effort from-range after seeing Koubek off his line but he can only fire harmlessly wide.
88′ Banega is penalised for a foul.
87′ Chance!! Icardi finds Éder, who does well to get the better of his man before firing wide when placed one-on-one with Koubek.
87′ Final Sparta change sees David Lafata replace Čermák.
86′ An Éder cross is met by Icardi but his header is straightforward for Koubek.
83′ Chance!! V. Kadlec is found on the left and the striker cuts-inside before bending an effort at goal in search of his hat-trick, but Handanović makes an easy stop.
82′ Close!! Karavayev fires an effort just off-target from-range.
80′ Holzer concedes a corner.
79′ V. Kadlec receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Palacio.
77′ Juliš receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Perišić.
76′ Goal!! Dočkal’s delivery is headed back across goal by Mazuch into the path of Holek, who heads home on the goal-line.
74′ Dismissal!! Ranocchia is penalised for a late challenge on Pulkrab and receives a second booking before seeing red.
74′ Ranocchia clears the danger.
73′ Ansaldi concedes a corner.
72′ Second Sparta change sees M. Kadlec replaced by Matěj Pulkrab.
71′ Melo fires an effort from-range harmlessly off-target.
71′ Goal!! Éder takes advantage of a series of ricochets to find Palacio, who fires home past Koubek.
69′ Final Inter change sees Mauro Icardi replace Gnoukouri.
66′ The corner is cleared.
65′ First Sparta change sees Lukáš Juliš replce the injured Frýdek.
65′ Ansaldi wins a corner.
64′ Frýdek has to leave the field on a stretcher.
63′ Slight delay in the match as Frýdek is down after a clash of heads. He’s currently receiving treatment.
62′ Second Inter change sees Candreva replaced by Ivan Perišić.
61′ Chance!! Palacio is played through and composes himself before firing an effort that Koubek saves with his feet.
60′ The corner comes to nothing.
60′ Melo concedes a corner.
60′ Gnoukouri is penalised for a foul.
59′ A Candreva cross is met by Éder, who can only head off-target under-pressure.
58′ Palacio fires an audacious effort harmlessly off-target from a tight-angle.
57′ Frýdek receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Miangue.
56′ M. Kadlec wins a freekick.
55′ First Inter change sees D’Ambrosio replaced by Cristian Ansaldi.
55′ Miangue wins a freekick.
54′ The corner is cleared as Inter break on the counter but the move breaks down.
53′ Melo concedes a corner.
52′ Ranocchia meets the delivery but his header drifts wide.
52′ Candreva wins a corner.
50′ Chance!! V. Kadlec is played through by M. Kadlec and the striker has just Handanović to beat but the striker fires over the bar.
50′ Dočkal’s freekick hits the wall.
49′ Gnoukouri concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.
48′ A dangerous cross from V. Kadlec towards Holzer is cleared by D’Ambrosio.
46′ Close!! Holzer beats Ranocchia with ease before sending in a dangerous low cross across the face of goal into the path of Karavayev who fires into the side-netting from a tight-angle. That should have been game over.
45′ Ranocchia receives a yellow card for a cynical foul.
45′ Inter get the second-half underway.
HT: So will the hosts add to their tally or will Inter find a way back into this game? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The visitors rarely threatened the Sparta Prague goal and the closest they went was when Ranocchia headed a corner wide. Palacio has been poor in truth, despite being isolated, the striker has been caught offside on a number of occasions. Éder has been quiet thus far but he’s not been the only one in an Inter shirt. The hosts have done well to force the errors and deny the visitors time on the ball and have capitalised as demonstrated with the two goals.
HT: The visitors have been incredibly sloppy and lacklustre in truth as demonstrated by the hosts’ two goals. First a rash and mistimed challenge from Melo allowed V. Kadlec to cut-inside into the danger area and fire home. Then a lapse in concentration from the Azzurris was capitalised by the hosts when a quick-freekick enabled V. Kadlec to surge clean through on-goal and he slotted home. The hosts should have had a penalty too when a clumsy challenge from Murillo sent V. Kadlec tumbling in the area but the referee was unmoved.
HT: So Sparta Prague are comfortably ahead at the break.
45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
43′ Chance!! Sáček fires an effort over the bar after a defensive header from Ranocchia fell to the youngster.
42′ Miangue is penalised for a foul.
41′ The freekick comes to nothing due to a foul on D’Ambrosio.
40′ Gnoukouri is penalised for a foul.
40′ V. Kadlec is caught offside.
38′ Palacio is caught offside.
38′ Éder wins a freekick.
36′ The corner is cleared.
36′ Miangue wins a corner.
35′ The corner comes to nothing as the referee spots an infringement.
34′ M. Kadlec sends in a teasing delivery into the area but Murillo makes a fine challenge to clear the danger at the expense of a corner.
31′ Palacio is caught offside.
29′ Banega wins a freekick.
29′ D’Ambrosio is penalised for a foul.
28′ V. Kadlec is caught offside.
25′ Goal!! The freekick is taken quickly by Frýdek, who finds V. Kadlec and the striker coolly slots home past Handanović.
23′ Palacio is penalised for a foul and concedes a freekick in a promising position.
22′ Chance!! The corner is flicked-on by Ranocchia but the ball drifts wide and goes out for a goalkick.
21′ The corner is eventually cleared before Banega finds Candreva, whose strike deflects out for an Inter corner.
20′ V. Kadlec wins a corner.
16′ Penalty appeal!! V. Kadlec goes to ground under a challenge from Murillo but the referee is unmoved.
11′ Ranocchia is penalised for a foul.
9′ Banega’s delivery is overhit and goes out for a goalkick.
8′ Banega wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Sáček.
6′ Goal!! Čermák finds V. Kadlec, who evades a poor challenge from Melo, to fire home into the bottom-corner.
3′ Chance!! V. Kadlec wins possession, surges forward before firing a deflected effort that Handanović saves with ease.
0′ Sparta Prague get the game underway.
AC Sparta Prague: Tomáš Koubek (GK), Michal Kadlec, Mario Holek, Ondřej Mazuch, Vyacheslav Karavayev, Daniel Holzer, Michal Sáček, Martin Frýdek, Aleš Čermák, Bořek Dočkal, Václav Kadlec
F.C. Inter Milan: Samir Handanović (GK), Senna Miangue, Jeison Murillo, Andrea Ranocchia, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Felipe Melo, Éver Banega, Assane Demoya Gnoukouri, Éder, Rodrigo Palacio, Antonio Candreva