Lausanne gain dramatic point
Brazilian striker Silvio struck a dramatic equaliser deep into injury-time to earn Lausanne their first point in the UEFA Europa League, levelling up at 3-3, shattering Sparta Prague's hopes of victory in Group F.
Two early goals from Sparta's Côte D'Ivoire striker Wilfried Bony looked set to lead the home side to an expected success but Silvio had other ideas and his late goal hit Sparta's hopes of reaching the knockout stages hard.
Bony scored in the 10th and 23rd minutes as Sparta made a storming recovery after the shock of conceding a sixth minute opener to Sebastien Meoli as the Swiss side looked to finally get their campaign up and running. With Bony's strikes sandwiching a 21st minute effort for Juraj Kucka, Sparta looked home and dry but they reckoned without a last-gasp assault from Lausanne with Martin Steuble reducing the deficit before Silvio's intervention.
Sparta had come into the game with high hopes of qualifying but desperate to make up for last month's disappointment of a 3-0 defeat to Group F rivals CSKA Moscow in the Russian capital.
Meoli's opener from a Nicolas Marazzi corner stunned the hosts but they hit back well with Jakub Podany firing just off target before Bony netted the first of his double in the 10th minute to haul them back level. Podany came close twice more before the home side edged ahead in the 21st minute with Kucka firing home after Marazzi gave away a dangerous free-kick with a foul on Prague striker Vaclav Kadlec.
Bony's second from a Libor Sionko corner appeared to have sent the home side towards three points with Kucka and Sionko both having chances to increase the lead still further before the break. But Lausanne looked much better in the second half and after a series of near-misses Steuble rammed the ball home in the 75th minute to reduce the deficit and lead Sparta nerves to start to fray.
Kucka and Sionko again had chances but with injury-time ticking on to almost five minutes Silvio made the hosts pay for failing to wrap up the game by sweeping home right-footed to secure Lausanne a dramatic point.