Kiwi Thomas helps Dutch club in Europa League

21:36, Aug 21 2014
Ryan Thomas
ANOTHER BLOW: Young All Whites star Ryan Thomas has been withdrawn by his club from NZ's match against Uzbekistan next week due to niggling injuries.

Rising All Whites star Ryan Thomas has helped his Dutch club PEC Zwolle to a draw in their first Europa League game.

Zwolle, the Dutch Cup champions, drew 1-1 with Sparta Prague in Holland in a qualifying stage match early on Friday (NZ time).

Thomas, 19, received praise in a match report on Football-Oranje, a Dutch football website.

Their report said Thomas caused the Sparta Prague defence problems early in the game. The Kiwi was subbed off in the 65th minute.

Zwolle, who have won their first two Dutch first division games this season with Thomas getting on the scoresheet, missed a penalty in the 21st minute when Maikel van der Werff's poorly-struck spot kick was saved.

But they scored after 70 minutes through substitute Jody Lukoki after a cross from Jesper Drost.

But Sparta Prague's Ladislav Krejci equalised with a deflected shot.

PEC Zwolle head to the Czech Republic for the second leg next week.

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