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Sparta defeated Znojmo 1-0 after Vatajelu’s first strike for Sparta and advanced to the next round of the Czech cup competition, MOL Cup.

Stramaccioni made a number of changes in the line-up, sending out Karavaev, Štetina and Sáček, as well as other players who have not played that much recently – Plavšić or Ćivić. Josef Šural started as the captain.

First chances on both sides came from the sides – Karavaev’s cross found none of his teammates, on the other side, Sparta defence managed to clear Teplý’s pass into the box. Znojmo’s Antonín Růsek then had a good shooting opportunity from a counter attack, but Štetina saved the day with a sliding tackle and blocked the shot.

Lukáš Mareček presented himself with a lovely shot from a free kick, which was just tipped over the bar by Znojmo’s keeper Veselý.

Sparta took the lead after 26 minutes of play, as Mavuba crossed the ball, Šural headed it to Vatajelu, who opened the score.

Teplý had probably Znojmo’s biggest chance of the match early in the second half, making his way into the box from the right side, but Dúbravka denied him with a brilliant save. Sparta were struggling offensively and had only a few good opportunities.

The home side put Sparta under a pressure in the final minutes of the match, Dúbravka had to remain focused and did a good job taking care of a number of Znojmo’s chances, leading his team to the cup’s next round.



1.SC Znojmo – AC Sparta Praha 0-1 (0-1)

Goals: 26' Vatajelu

Bookings: Cihlář, Růsek - Sáček, Mandjeck, Mareček

Znojmo: Veselý - Svozil, Mezlík, Cihlář, Meshchaninov - Javůrek (76' Štrombach), Helísek, Lacko, Růsek (61' Hladík) - Teplý, Šamánek (84' Njire).

Sparta: Dúbravka – Karavaev, Mareček, Štetina, Ćivić – Sáček, Mavuba (68' Biabiany) – Šural, Plavšić (62' Mandjeck), Vatajelu (81' Zahustel) – V. Kadlec.

Match officials: Marek - Antoníček, Myška.

Attendance: 3100.

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