yardımcı hakemler: david babski (eng), darren drysdale (eng)
4. hakem: robert styles (eng)
sparta praha: jaromír blažek (gk), vladimír labant, pavel pergl, lukáš zelenka (dk. 90+2 tomáš sivok), karel poborský (c), rastislav michalík, radoslav kováč, tomáš hübschman, petr johana, jiří štajner (dk. 85 vladimir gluščević), igor glušcevic (dk. 73 miroslav baranek)
yedekler: petr kouba (gk), mirko poledica, tomáš jun, jiří homola
teknik direktör: jirí kotrba (cze)
milan: dida (gk), cafu, paolo maldini (c), andriy shevchenko, gennaro gattuso, filippo inzaghi (dk. 85 serginho), alessandro costacurta, clarence seedorf, andrea pirlo, kaká, giuseppe pancaro
yedekler: christian abbiati (gk), kakha kaladze, fernando redondo, rui costa, massimo ambrosini, martin laursen
teknik direktör: carlo ancelotti (ita)
sarı kartlar: dk. 78 gennaro gattuso, dk. 83 cafu (milan)
sparta silence holders published: wednesday 25 february 2004, 0.10cet
ac sparta praha 0-0 ac milan below-par finishing and superb defending leaves the first leg goalless.
by kevin ashby at the letná stadium
a combination of meagre finishing and superb defending ensured the first leg of the uefa champions league first knockout round tie between ac sparta praha and ac milan finished goalless, leaving everything to play for at the san siro in two weeks' time.
inzaghi returns perhaps mindful of president silvio berlusconi's warning that milan should always take to the field with two strikers, carlo ancelotti, without the injured jon dahl tomasson, paired the fit-again filippo inzaghi with andriy shevchenko. taking the place of another victim of saturday's 3-2 defeat of fc internazionale, alessandro nesta, was alessandro costacurta while cafu passed a fitness test. sparta lined up as expected, with recent recruit jirí štajner the only change to a side which beat s.s. lazio in their last european outing.
early initiative both ancelotti and jirí kotrba had predicted a tight game, yet the early exchanges were open as the two sides looked to seize the initiative. shevchenko and clarence seedorf, scorer of the derby winner, combined neatly but the ball would not sit for the ukrainian and from the clearance sparta launched an attack which resulted in milan goalkeeper dida uncomfortably turning a štajner drive away for a corner at his near post.
brave save sparta right-back pavel pergl drilled an eighth-minute shot narrowly wide and dida was kept busy by a karel poborský shot which perhaps deserved more than to whistle into the goalkeeper's midriff. inzaghi posed a threat at the other end, and in the 19th minute was played in by kaká's delicious chip. although the italy striker wriggled clear of petr johana, jaromír blazek was rewarded for his bravery as he blocked inzaghi's goalbound effort.
superb tackle the tempo of the game then dropped, giving a capacity crowd at a freezing letná little excitement from which to enliven stiffening limbs. inzaghi had a sniff of an opening in the 32nd minute after shevchenko cleverly dummied seedorf's pass into his path, only for the ball to be scooped up by the alert blazek. a frustrating half for inzaghi ended with johana exquisitely timing a tackle when the striker threatened to race clear from another kaká pass.
zelenka effort lukáš zelenka, mop-haired and diminutive, drew the first save of the half from dida as sparta rallied following the break. igor glušcevic, a willing runner alongside štajner during the first half but often snuffed out by paolo maldini, thought he had opened the scoring in the 52nd minute after poking in a low reverse pass. one look behind him, where a wall of white shirts were standing with arms raised, curtailed the tall striker's celebrations.
spurred on spurred by that close call, milan were suddenly more urgent in pushing play forward. shevchenko almost profited immediately, in the 57th minute, only for blazek to deny him with another smart close-range save reminiscent of his earlier one from inzaghi. the sparta custodian was then equal to a shevchenko volley on the hour before the ukrainian sliced a shot when well placed - a lacklustre finish indicative of those before it.
blushes spared as if to illustrate that it was not shevchenko's night, blazek somehow turned his header from andrea pirlo's free-kick wide. the offside flag then spared his blushes when milan's no7 contrived to clip the ball over from five metres. when dida saved well from shevchenko's opposite number, zelenka, in the 84th minute a goalless draw seemed inevitable.
milan, prag'da sustu şampiyonlar ligi'nin son şampiyonu milan, ilk turda beşiktaş ile aynı grupta yer alan sparta prag ile deplasmanda 0-0 berabere kaldı. teknik direktör carlo ancelotti, tomasson'un yokluğunda forvette shevchenko-ınzaghi ikilisine yer verdi. mücadelede iki kaleci blazek ve dida karşılıklı ataklarda gole izin vermeyince mücadele 0-0 sona erdi.