Match Report: Sparta Prague 1:5 Liverpool - Liverpool Wallop Czech Champions In Rampant Away Win

7th March 2024

Liverpool have one foot in the quarter-finals after their 5-1 demolition victory to Sparta Prague on Thursday (March 8).

First Half

It was a fast start for Liverpool who sought to dominate possession and put the game out of sight with on the horizon.

They certainly stuck to that plan after opened the scoring with a penalty in the sixth minute after being fouled in the box.

Those who thought Liverpool would then cruise to a victory were very wrong as they almost conceded 10 minutes later and had to thank who produced a top save from Jan Kuchta's shot before acrobatically cleared the ball off the line.

After preventing Sparta Prague from levelling, had ideas of his own as his speculative shot from 25 yards out nestled in the back of the net to double Liverpool's lead in what was his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.

The Uruguayan was certainly in the scoring mood as he bagged his second of the game shortly before half-time with a sumptuous volley courtesy of a long pass from Mac Allister.

Second Half

Liverpool were forced to deal with more injuries at the beginning of the second half with Gomez and both being forced off as had a horror first touch in the game which resulted in an own goal.

Through the shock goal, the side found themselves back in the game but a quick strike from restored Liverpool's three-goal cushion just minutes after Bradley's blunder.

A period of quiet then took place in the game as Liverpool slowed down their tempo they grew comfy with the 4-1 scoreline that briefly increased to five thanks to 's goal minutes after making his return to the team following injury.

Unfortunately for the Egyptian, it was ruled out for offside but Liverpool would soon find a fifth just a minute before full-time with 's strike inside the box making its way past the Sparta keeper to cap off a dominant result for the side.

LFC Globe Verdict

While Sparta Prague had their moments, Liverpool were as clinical as ever to all but confirm their passage into the Europa League quarter-finals.

The team certainly looked shaky at times and was severely helped by the heroics of Caoimhin Kelleher once again who was on top form in between the sticks.

Man Of The Match And What's Next?

Liverpool's Uruguayan striker #09 Darwin Nunez celebrates after scoring a goal with team mates and fans during the UEFA Europa League first leg football match between AC and Liverpool FC in Prague on March 7, 2024. (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK / AFP) (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

He only managed about 50 minutes of action but Darwin Núñez was the man of the match for Liverpool in their Thursday triumph.

The 24-year-old has finally arrived as Liverpool's big-money as he's impressed greatly in recent weeks and bested last season's tally of goals with his brace against Sparta Prague.

The striker is showing consistency in front of goal at a higher clip than ever before and alongside Mohamed Salah, is becoming the go-to guy for the Reds when they need a moment of magic.

Liverpool will certainly hope he can repeat his finishing from Thursday again on Sunday (March 10) when the Premier League leaders host Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash at 3:45 PM (UK time).

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