Football: Sparta tie with Palermo


Football club Sparta Prague made it through to the next round in the Europa League after tying with Palermo on Wednesday evening. The Czech side, playing in Italy, twice came from behind to tie 2:2 in their Group F match. Second-half strikes from Jiří Kladrubský and Juraj Kucka cancelled out goals from Nicola Rigoni and Mauricio Pinilla respectively – assuring Sparta a place in the round of 32. Their hosts ended with nine men following the dismissals of Dorin Goian and Javier Pastore. Sparta Prague is the only Czech team still in European competition.