Sparta Prague vs Rostov match analysis

Sparta Prague vs Rostov

It is very hard to see how Sparta can make a tie out of this after being humiliated by Rostov’s tactical brilliance in the first leg as they demolished their visitors 4-0. Granted, the Czech side were severely hampered by the justified red card shown to Tiemoko Konate after half an hour, but by that stage they were already a goal down and had offered no threat to speak of.

Even the substitutions made by Dmitry Kirichenko were inspired, as Sardar Azmoun all but secured passage to the next round with a fourth minutes after coming on. Marko Dević was given some game time, and may well feature more prominently in Prague to make use of his hold-up play, while Alexander Erokhin was given an early rest to avoid risking injury.

Before the match in southern Russia there had been minor worries that last season’s conquerors of Krasnodar would show similar nous by making life uncomfortable for Rostov, but those have been rendered foolish by the aggregate score already. Rostov have shown such impressive maturity away from home in Europe this season that it had been expected that the performance in Prague would be the one to determine the victors of the tie, but that is now irrelevant barring a miracle.

As if the scoreline and performance were not enough, no Rostov players picked up a caution meaning all fit players are available. In fact, it might have been more useful if Alexandr Gatskan or Vladimir Granat had incurred a suspension (both are one booking from a ban) for this leg to free them up for the next round.

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