Tuesday February 16, 2010 Last 32 Finished Goodison Park

Everton 2 - 1 Sporting Lisbon

  • Pienaar 35’
  • Distin 49’
  • Veloso 87’ (pen.)

  1. Everton v Sporting Lisbon: LIVE

    Everton v Sporting Lisbon: LIVE

    Miguel Veloso's penalty hands Sporting a lifeline after Steven Pienaar and Sylvain Distin gave Everton a 2-0 lead at Goodison Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Everton
    • Sporting Lisbon
    • FT The referee blows up for full-time and Everton take a 2-1 lead to Portugal - but it could have been so much better!
    • 90' There will be four minutes of added time.
    • 87' Veloso beats Howard with a brilliant penalty which nestles in the bottom corner! 2-1...that's just made the away leg very interesting.
    • 85' Nightmare for Everton! Rodwell fires an awful backpass to Distin and the Toffees defender hauls down Liedson to give away a penalty and receive a straight red card!
    • 84' Yakubu has looked very sharp since coming on for the home side.
    • 83' EVERTON SUB: Saha is replaced by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 82' Yakubu latches onto a neat ball on the right edge of the box and cuts a backheel to Saha but his shot is blocked.
    • 80' Sporting continue to enjoy the lions share of possession with Yannick looking a lively customer.
    • 75' Arteta goes for goal... but it's comfortably over the bar and Sporting escape.
    • 74' Carrico, who has a nasty cut on his head following that first half challenge with Cahill, is booked for foul just outside the box. Everton have a free-kick in a very dangerous position.
    • 72' Everton are happy to let Sporting knock the ball around midfield as the visitors aren't making any impact in the final third.
    • 69' Here's confirmation that Fellaini is out for the season...
    • 66' SPORTING SUB: Moutinho is replaced by Djalo and Matias makes way for Saleiro.
    • 65' Looks like Sporting are preparing a double substitution...
    • 64' Yakubu presses well to win the ball back on the left wing before poking a pass to Saha. The Frenchman attempts to cut in but instead opts to lay off for Donovan and the American's left-footed shot is well blocked.
    • 62' Donovan and Arteta stand over a free-kick in the right channel...Donovan floats in a lovely ball which Saha can't quite direct on target at the back post.
    • 61' EVERTON SUB: Cahill is replaced by Yakubu.
    • 60' Cahill looks like he might have picked up a knock and that's a worry for David Moyes, who is preparing to make a substitution.
    • 59' Sporting are enjoy their fair share of possession and Everton need to be careful. One away goal completely changes this tie.
    • 57' Osman does well to wrestle Matias off the ball (fairly) in the box and Everton are able to clear their lines.
    • 55' Baines looks to slide the ball to Pienaar down the left but Abel gets there first and Pienaar commits a foul trying to win the ball back.
    • 53' Donovan, skipping down the right wing, is cynically hacked down by Moutinho and that's enough for the referee to show the first yellow card of the night.
    • 52' Baines dusts himself off but sends the free-kick high over the bar.
    • 51' Baines skips past Tonel but is brought down and Everton have another opportunity to test the visitors defence.
    • 49' GOAL! Baines delivers another fantastic corner which Patricio attempts to punch clear but, in truth, doesn't get near and Distin bundles home!
    • 48' Excellent work from Pienaar and Everton win an early corner.
    • 46' Sporting get the second half underway...
    • HT The referee blows up to bring a cracking half to an end. It burst to life after 20 minutes and showed no signs of slowing!
    • 45' There will be one minute of added time.
    • 44' Baines whips in a left-footed free-kick which Saha heads over. The Frenchman was under little pressure there and really should have hit the target.
    • 43' Cahill steals possession and finds Donovan, who in turn lays off for Pienaar. The South African has his heels clipped and Everton have a corner midway inside the Sporting half.
    • 42' Pienaar squares to Donovan in the final third and the American waits for Baines to come forward from left-back but overcooks his pass and it goes out for a Sporting throw.
    • 40' Sporting have dictated possession since conceding. Liedson plays in Izmailov and he unleashes a fierce shot which cracks against the post!
    • 37' Izmailov does superbly to work space on the right before swinging in a cross to the edge of the box and the resulting volley, through the legs of Neville, has Howard at full stretch!
    • 36' There's been little goal-mouth action in the opening 35 minutes and it looked as though it'd take something special to break the deadlock - that was it!
    • 35' GOAL! Neville drives forward from right-back and threads a diagonal ball to Cahill who, instead of shooting, flicks a sensational backheel to Pienaar who fires home into the roof of the net!
    • 34' It's fair to say the midfields are very much on top.
    • 33' Sporting's Champions League dream ended in disaster 12 months ago, with the Portuguese side losing 5-0 to Bayern Munich at home before suffering a 7-1 defeat in the return leg!
    • 31' Arteta takes the corner quickly but fails to beat the first man.
    • 30' A prolonged spell of Everton pressure ends in Arteta winning a corner on the left.
    • 26' Everton string a handful of passes together down the right channel but lose possession and Sporting break quickly... with Abel pinging a superb shot just wide of the upright from what must be 35 yards!
    • 25' News on the wires suggests Fellaini's injury will put him out for the rest of a season. That's a real blow for the Toffees as the Belgian was really beginning to find his feet.
    • 22' Saha has started strongly and does well to hold up a long ball before spreading possession out wide.
    • 20' Pienaar threads a superb through the middle and Saha looks to be tripped on the turn by Grimi but the referee waves play on!
    • 19' Howard rises well to catch the corner.
    • 18' Mendes, formely of Rangers, slips through a lovely ball for Abel and Distin follows up with a well-timed challenge to hand Sporting a corner.
    • 17' Fantastic movement in the box as ever from Cahill.
    • 17' Baines, touted as a potential replacement for Ashley Cole in the England team, swings in a left-footed corner which Cahill glances just wide!
    • 16' Cahill again finds Saha, who in turn wins a corner.
    • 15' Sporting don't look like a side horribly short of confidence but Everton are beginning to look threatening,
    • 14' Arteta goes for goal but gets his shoot horribly wrong and the ball trickles out for a goal-kick.
    • 13' The referee spots a spot of flood on Cahill's face and the midfielder has to go off for treatment.
    • 13' Pienaar is caught by a trailing leg in the left channel and wins a free-kick. Arteta is standing over the ball, no doubt looking to find the head of Cahill.
    • 12' Saha nods on to Cahill and the Australian returns the favour with Saha shooting on the half-volley from the edge of the box and forcing a fine save from Rui Patricio!
    • 11' Cahill works space on the right before swinging in a looping cross which is easily defended.
    • 6' Sporting are enjoying a spell of possession without pressing to far upfield - but with Everton chasing shadows.
    • 4' Sporting topped Group D with 11 points ahead of Hertha Berlin.
    • 3' Everton finished second behind Benfica in Group I to progress to the knockout stages.
    • 2' Everton race out of the traps with Cahill surging forward but Rui Patricio snuffs a cross from the left.
    • 1' And we're off!
    • - The teams are out...Everton in their traditional blue home strip and Sporting in their green and white hoops.
    • - The observant among you will have noticed that Everton boss David Moyes has made two changes to the side that beat Chelsea. Joseph Yobo replaced the ineligible John Heitinga and Steven Pienaar returns from his domestic suspension in place of Diniyar Biyaletdinov.
    • - Everton are in fantastic form of late with just two defeats in 11 games in all competitions and on the back of a 2-1 victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea last Wednesday...
    • - Sporting have no faired so well and only arrested a run of three successive defeats with a 0-0 draw with Pacos de Ferreira at the weekend.
    • - Arteta makes only his second start for Everton this season following almost a year sidelined with a knee injury.
    • - Sporting are currently fourth in the Portuguese Liga - 12 points adrift of third-placed Porto, who host Arsenal in the Champions League tomorrow.
    • - EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Distin, Baines, Donovan, Arteta, Osman, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha Subs: Nash, Bilyaletdinov, Vaughan, Gosling, Yakubu, Rodwell, Coleman
    • - SPORTING: Rui Patricio, Abel, Tonel, Daniel Carrico, Grimi, Mendes, Veloso, Izmailov, Fernandez, Joao Moutinho, Liedson Subs: Tiago, Anderson Polga, Adrien Silva, Carlos Saleiro, Vukcevic, Djalo, Bruno Pereirinha
    • - ...and Darko Ceferin (Slovenia) is the referee
    • - Everton manager David Moyes will be without John Heitinga and Marouane Fellaini for the Europa League match against Sporting Lisbon.
    • - Heitinga is ineligible while Fellaini (pictured left) is recovering from an ankle injury which caused him to miss the victory against Chelsea last week.
    • - Phillipe Senderos is doubtful with a back problem but Steven Pienaar returns to the squad following a domestic suspension.
    • - Mikel Arteta should retain his place after returning from injury.
    • - Sporting midfielder Marat Izmailov is set to face Everton but may not see out the campaign.
    • - Speculation is rife in Portugal that Izmailov will soon be heading back to Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow.
    • - The 27-year-old is apparently keen to return home, with Lokomotiv's season due to start next month.
    • - Sporting coach Carlos Carvalhal refused to discuss the situation ahead of a training session at Goodison Park, saying 24 hours before a game was an inappropriate time to comment.
    • - The Europa League is back! Follow LIVE text commentary of Everton's last-32 clash with Sporting Lisbon here from 17:45 (GMT).
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