In Europa League Round of 16 after long 16 years

Slavia will play against Sevilla FC in the next stage of UEFA Europa League. The red-whites qualified for the Round of 16 of European cup for the first time since 2003. 16 years ago, they played equal games with Turkish club Beşiktaş.
In 2002/03 Slavia eliminated Mouscron, Partizan Belgrade and PAOK in UEFA Cup. The draw led them against Beşiktaş – unbeaten leaders of Turkish league – In the Round of 16. Slavia win 1-0 in the 1st leg home and eventually lost 2-4 away in Istanbul, which put an end to their European adventure.

Slavia were 4 goals down in Istanbul after 70 minutes, but the red-whites made almost a miracle when Dostálek from penalty and Hrdlička scored two on 77th and 82nd minute. Mansiz hit woodwork in the last minute of regular time and Slavia got a chance of a free kick in the added time. Karel Piták scored, but the referee interrupted Slavia celebration with incorrectly flagged offside. Despite Slavia protests, Beşiktaş qualified for the quarter-finals against Lazio, losing 1-3 on aggregate. FC Porto won the competition that year winning 3-2 against Celtic FC.

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