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Oct 2, 2014

Sparta Prague 3-1 BSC Young Boys

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Sparta Prague are up and running in this season's Europa League after a 3-1 win over Young Boys.

The Czech side were beaten by the same scoreline by Napoli in their Group I opener and, with Young Boys hammering Slovan Bratislava 5-0, their task looked a tough one.

They made it look easy, though, with Lukas Vacha and David Lafata (two) scoring, while Guillaume Hoarau briefly gave the away side hope.

Sparta were deserving winners and can now attack the rest of the campaign with confidence.

They clearly...

By ESPN Staff
Sep 18, 2014

Highlights: Napoli 3-1 Sparta Prague

Things got off to a rocky start for Napoli in the Europa league after going down 1-nil at home in the first half, but Napoli ended up comfortably securing all three points.

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Sep 18, 2014

Napoli 3-1 Sparta Prague

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Things got off to a rocky start for Napoli in the Europa league after going down 1-nil at home in the first half, but Napoli ended up comfortably securing all three points.

Dries Mertens scored twice as Napoli came from behind to begin their UEFA Europa League Group I campaign with a 3-1 win over Sparta Prague.

The Serie A side had fallen behind to Josef Husbauer's early opener but a Gonzalo Higuain penalty pulled them level at the break before the Belgian striker took control in the second half.

The win will have come as some relief to Napoli, who had slipped to a surprise home defeat to Chievo in the domestic league on Sunday.

Meanwhile, defeat for the visitors brought...

Aug 21, 2014

Tottenham rally to win in Cyprus

Roberto Soldado celebrates scoring Tottenham's equaliser on Thursday against AEL Limassol.

Tottenham came from behind to take a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off against AEL Limassol.

The hosts took a 14th minute lead through Adrian Sardinero and it held until 16 minutes from time, when Roberto Soldado levelled for the Londoners.

Harry Kane then struck the winner with 10 minutes to go.

Hull slipped to a 1-0 defeat away to Lokeren after Allan McGregor's mistake gifted Hans Vanaken an easy goal.

There was a surprise home defeat for Lyon, as Astra scored...

Jul 29, 2014

David Lafata hits hat-rick for Sparta

David Lafata's hat-trick carried Sparta Prague to a 4-2 win over Swedish champions Malmo in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifying round on Tuesday.

Czech champions Sparta fell behind twice at home, but Lafata managed to equalise both times. Lafata already has eight Champions League goals this season, after tallying five in the first leg of the previous round against Levadia Tallinn.

After Emil Forsberg gave Malmo the lead, Lafata equalised in the 23rd minute. Isaac Kiese Thelin...