Well, as the title says it been a day of small landmarks for myself. I have reached 2000 visitors on the blog as well as 100 twitter followers, its a nice little milestone and finally I had press accreditation for the Sparta Prague v Lausanne Sports game in the Europa League. Its been a good day all round, even Liverpool didn’t manage to mess it up as they performed well with a makeshift team!
Back to Sparta, the game finished 3-3 and was a great game to watch. Sparta absolutely dominated them in the first half and should have been home and dry. It’s the best I have seen Sparta play for a long time, it had alot to do with the opposition just weren’t very good. For those of you that havent heard of Lausanne Sports before tonight, you’re not alone. They currently play their football in the second tier of the Swiss leagues, they qualified for the Europa League as they were runners up in the Swiss Cup, they then went on to beat Lokomotiv Moscow on penalties in the playoffs for the Europa League group stages.
The Swiss side were chasing shadows for the first 45 minutes and Sparta should have put the game beyond them. In fact, even when Lausanne took the lead after 5 minutes (it was their first goal in the Europa League) from a corner you still felt that Sparta were going to go on and win the game. Kucka and Bony were having blinding first halfs for Sparta yet the home side only went in 3-1 up. The second half was sloppy from Sparta, misplaced passes and wayward shooting. The swiss side sensed they could get something and they scored an absolute belter from 25 yards, god knows where that came from.
Then to cap it all, somehow Lausanne score with the last kick of the game. A goal mouth scramble and Silivo is on hand to tap it in and steal a point. I was stunned, it was harsh on Sparta who deserved to win the game but massive credit to Lausanne for hanging in there and believing. It was a great game for the neutral, full of goals and chances.
Jozef Chovanec, the Sparta coach cut a depressed figure in the Press Conference after the game, he knows his side have to go to Switzerland and win in two weeks time.
So armed with my UEFA press pack bulging with stats and figures I have finished my match article and should be online with Goal! Weekly very soon – click here to read my report on Sparta Prague v Lausanne Sports.