Thursday April 5, 2012 Quarter-final Finished Metalist Stadium

Metalist Kharkiv 1 - 1 Sporting Lisbon

  • Cristaldo 57’
  • van Wolfswinkel 44’

  1. Sporting Lisbon edge into semis

    Sporting Lisbon edge into semis

    Sporting Lisbon are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League after a 1-1 draw at Metalist Kharkiv that gave them a 3-2 aggregate win. More

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    • Metalist Kharkiv
    • Sporting Lisbon
    • 90'+5 It's all over! Sporting are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League, winning 3-2 on aggregate over Metalist. It finished 1-1 on the night - Athletic Bilbao will be their opponents in the last four.
    • 90'+5 Polga's miscued clearance gives Metalist one last chance to attack.
    • 90'+4 Villagra's cross is claimed by Patricio. That may be the last chance.
    • 90'+3 Sporting are keeping the ball well, and now they'll aim for the corner flag.
    • 90'+2 Obradovic has earned himself a yellow card for a bust up with the Sporting doctor.
    • 90'+1 The Metalist players are livid with van Wolfswinkel, who is still down injured. They're appealing for the referee to make the Dutchman receive treatment off the pitch.
    • 90'+1 We'll have four minutes of added time, and now van Wolfswinkel is down injured.
    • 90' It's hit and hope for Metalist, without breaking down the Sporting defence.
    • 90' Evaldo hasn't been on for long but earns himself a yellow card.
    • 89' Patricio is back on his feet again. He seems ok, which leads to all kinds of whistles from the Metalist fans for alleged gamesmanship.
    • 88' We're having a break in play for the injury.
    • 87' Rui Patricio will receive some treatment to his left leg. Not quite sure what the problem is but it looks like this may be his game over.
    • 86' Neto is a little too cool in his own box, cutting back to change direction. He gets away with it, when his clearance hits Cristaldo's arm.
    • 86' It's a desperate finish from Metalist, swinging at everything to shoot on goal but nothing is really thretening Patricio.
    • 85' Taison plays a one-two on the edge of the box and goes down. No penalty. Pschenychnykh comes off, Blanco is on for Metalist.
    • 84' If Metalist can overturn this, Taison will miss the next match.
    • 83' Evaldo is on for Capel.
    • 83' Taison looks incredibly frustrated with himself as he earns a yellow card. He's hitting the ball into his head. A bit odd.
    • 82' Devic cuts inside and hits a low shot from just outside the Sporting area, which is saved by Rui Patricio.
    • 81' Metalist earn themselves a free kick in a dangerous position. It's played quickly by Xavier but Sporting head the ball away.
    • 80' Once again, Capel has the chance to attack down the left, but he goes too early and he's offside.
    • 79' Frantic stuff now. Sporting clinging on in Kharkiv.
    • 78' Corner for Metalist, a decent one, is headed behind for another. This time Patricio struggles to get to to the ball, eventually it's cleared by Sporting.
    • 77' A promising move from Sporting comes to an end, as Capel is caught offside.
    • 76' Capel flies down the left side, he thinks he's fouled, but the referee tells the Spaniard to get to his feet.
    • 75' Sosa flies into a tackle with Schaars, but the Dutchman probably made a little too much of it.
    • 74' If I was to put my money on who will score the next goal, I would have to say it'd be Metalist. But when Sporting do get forward, the Metalist defence struggle to cope.
    • 73' The tackles are flying in now. Mostly in desperation.
    • 72' Torres is replaced by Marlos for Metalist. Andre Martins comes off for Sporting, Andre Santos comes on for him.
    • 72' Neat play by Metalist on the edge of the Sporting box, which is eventually cleared by Sporting.
    • 71' Flares going off all around the ground is making it a pretty smokey stadium.
    • 70' Metalist are starting to go for the route one tactic, hoofing the ball long and hoping for the best.
    • 69' Torres is in the referee's book for a foul on Izmailov.
    • 69' Metalist want another penalty for a foul on Cristaldo, the referee waves the protests away.
    • 68' Insua has an opportunity to re-create his first leg heroics with a free kick, but it goes well wide.
    • 67' The ball falls to Capel on the edge of the Metalist box, hit with power but it's blocked and cleared.
    • 66' Pereira is already heading towards the corner flag. A little early for that.
    • 65' Crikey...where is this game going?! It's going to be a nervous last 25 minuts for Sporting.
    • 64' Xavier's penalty is saved by Rui Patricio! It was low to the centre, which was saved by the goalkeeper's legs.
    • 63' Xandao brought down Devic and gets a yellow card. Can Xavier score?
    • 63' Metalist have won a penalty!
    • 62' Corner is played in but Xandao can only head wide. He sprints back to his defensive duties.
    • 61' Sporting have won a corner.
    • 60' Substitution for Sporting. Fernandez is being replaced by Neto.
    • 59' Yellow card for Sosa after a foul on Izmailov.
    • 58' Metalist need one more goal to force extra time - it's 1-1 on the night, but they're down 3-2 on aggregate.
    • 57' GOAL! Cristaldo pulls a goal back for Metalist! The ball drops for the striker in the centre of the box after a flick on from Devic and he lashes the ball past Patricio.
    • 55' Dangerous free kick from Sporing but it goes wide.
    • 54' Metalist are finding it very difficult to break down the Sporting defence.
    • 53' Every Sporting player is back in their own half.
    • 52' The home side fail to make the most of their set pieces once again.
    • 52' Metalist have won a corner, after good cover from Sporting captain Polga.
    • 51' Metalist have a free kick just inside the Sporting half, but it doesn't beat the first man.
    • 50' This may be the kiss of death, but it's been a very open start to this second half.
    • 49' Cristaldo is through on goal but the ball just won't sit for him, and it's blocked by Xandao.
    • 48' Sporting are looking dangerous early in this second half, with Metalist committing too many men forward, the visitors are looking to exploit the space.
    • 47' Devic already looking threatening for Metalist.
    • 46' Devic is on for Metalist at the start of this second half, replacing Edmar.
    • 46' We're back underway for the second half.
    • 45'+1 One minute of added time is played, and the referee calls an end to the half. Sporting have a 1-0 lead, 3-1 on aggregate, and as things stand, they're on the way through to the semi-finals.
    • 45' Well now Metalist really have it all to do. They're 1-0 down, and trail 3-1 on aggregate.
    • 44' GOAL! It's against the run of play but Sporting have the lead! It's van Wolfswinkel who gets it, heading in Capel's cross.
    • 43' Xavier gets into the box and his optimistic shot earns a corner for Metalist.
    • 42' It's high risk against low risk in this game. Metalist are playing a very high attacking line against Sporting's defensive deep line.
    • 41' Yellow card for Berezovchuk for a foul on Fernandez.
    • 40' Xavier gets down the right wing, but his cross is far too deep. Wasted opportunity.
    • 39' The free kick is lofted in towards Xandao, but he can't threaten Goryainov - his weak header straight at the goalkeeper.
    • 38' Lovely play from Capel but he's brought down by Xavier midway inside the Metalist half. Chance for Sporting to create something here.
    • 37' Izmailov hits a shot from distance which goes high and wide.
    • 36' Brilliant play by Villagra and he switches the play. The ball eventually falls to him in the Sporting box again, but he skies his shot over the bar by quite some distance.
    • 35' Pereira tries an ambitous through-ball with the outside of his foot which is cut out by the Metalist defence.
    • 34' Neat play from Xavier, who is really coming into the game. His cross misses everybody though and it's out for a Sporting goal kick.
    • 33' Metalist look the more likely, and Taison is beginning to prove me wrong. It was good play by Sporting's Xandao to force him wide though, and that was probably enough.
    • 32' Wonderful run by Taison, he rolls his man and hits a shot towards goal which is blocked by Patricio. Very good skill by the Brazilian.
    • 31' Good turn by Cristaldo inside the Sporting box, but he didn't quite keep the ball in play.
    • 30' Now Sporting come forward, but van Wolfswinkel can't make the most of the open Metalist defence.
    • 29' The corner from that chance is wasted, but Metalist are attempting to use their momentum now.
    • 28' Xavier is played into the box and hits a half volley towards goal from a very tight angle. Good save by Patricio.
    • 26' Sosa, who has the joint most assists in the Europa League this season, dallies on the ball too long and Sporting have possession.
    • 25' Sporting coach Sa Pinto, with his elbow pads on his jacket, looks very frustrated Pereira couldn't make the most of his chance minutes ago.
    • 24' It's now gone a little bit scrappy. Neither side can string a decent piece of play together.
    • 23' Sporting are renowned for their solid defence, and so far, they're holding out quite comfortably.
    • 22' Van Wolfswinkel plays a low cross for Pereira, but his shot is straight at Goryainov.
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    • 20' Sporting are playing a very deep line of defence to counteract Metalist's pace.
    • 19' The Brazilian does frighten the Sporting defence though, and he forces a corner which is eventually cleared by the visitors.
    • 18' Taison's movement, pace and skill is without doubt exceptional. I'm yet to be convinced he can pass or shoot. Happy to be proved wrong.
    • 17' Taison, on the right side now, crosses towards Cristaldo which is easily claimed by Patricio.
    • 16' Torres hoofs a long ball towards Cristaldo, but it's too long and it's back with the Sporting goalkeeper.
    • 15' Sporting are caught out and Metalist have a chance to counter attack, but Torres' pass is wayward, and it's out for a throw to the visitors.
    • 14' Van Wolfswinkel is being forced to play pretty deep for Sporting.
    • 13' Already a much better start to this match than the first leg. Metalist know what they have to do, and they're doing everything they can to maket hat happen.
    • 12' Cristaldo is left with a free header after a cross from Xavier, but he directs his effort over the bar. Probably should have done better.
    • 11' Here comes Taison - speeding down the left wing, but his cross is very poor and it's straight to Patricio. He shows a lot of promise, but the end product has been poor thus far in both legs.
    • 10' Metalist, as is their way, are happy to patiently play from the back.
    • 9' Sporting are feeling their way back into this game now, and they're seeing more of the ball.
    • 8' Fernandez gets into the Metalist box but Berezovchuk clears for a corner.
    • 7' Pereira has the chance to pull the trigger inside the Metalist box but he takes too long to decide what to do, and the chance is gone for Sporting.
    • 6' Sporting aren't seeing much of the ball at the moment.
    • 5' It's all Metalist in the opening stages.
    • 4' Xavier swings in a free kick - it's flicked on by Edmar but Patricio gets down well to save. Early chance for Metalist.
    • 3' Early corner for Metalist, which was won by Cristaldo. As with in the first leg, the delivery of the set piece was poor.
    • 2' It's clear from the start Metalist are going to concentrate their efforts on attack.
    • 1' The referee gets the first half underway in Kharkiv.
    • 20:04 The teams are out on the pitch, we're minutes away from kick off.
    • 20:00 By the way, our referee tonight is Scotland's Willie Collum.
    • 19:55 The Metalist Stadium will be utilised during Euro 2012. The Netherlands play all their group games there - against Denmark, Germany and Portugal.
    • 19:50 Metalist are without a win in their last three matches. In contrast, Sporting have won their last three.
    • 19:45 Sporting manager Ricardo Sa Pinto: "We've analysed all the mistakes we made in Portugal and now we know how to neutralise Metalist's strengths. After winning the ball they counterattack very quickly, so we need to deny them space."
    • 19:40 Metalist boss Myron Markevich: "We simply need to score and [keep] a clean sheet. Before the Lisbon match I said that Metalist and Sporting had an equal chance of progressing and in spite of our defeat my opinion has not changed."
    • 19:35 These sides played a pretty dismal first half last week - but Sporting seemed to be given a kick up the proverbial by manager Ricardo Sa Pinto at half time. They burst out of the blocks, with Capel and Izmailov in particular providing moments of real class. They'll be hoping for more of the same, but this time from kick off.
    • 19:30 Metalist are without their first choice centre back pairing of Marco Torsiglieri and Papa Gueye. Both defenders picked up yellow cards in the first leg to rule them out of tonight's fixture.
    • 19:25 Interesting that Metalist boss Myron Markevich has resisted the temptation to play Devic tonight. The Ukrainian forward seemed to test the Sporting defence when he was brought on last week, and won the penalty that's given them hope.
    • 19:20 TEAMS: METALIST: Goryainov, Villagra, Berezovchuk, Pshenychnykh, Obradovic, Edmar, Xavier, Sosa, Torres, Cristaldo, Taison. Subs: Disljenkovic, Shelayev, Valyayev, Blanco, Marlos, Devic, Radchenko. /// SPORTING: Rui Patricio, Polga, Pereira, Insua, Xandao, Schaars, Izmailov, Capel, Fernandez, Andre Martins, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Marcelo, Evaldo, Carrillo, Andre Santos, Neto, Ribas, Rubio.
    • 19:15 Is this game finely poised? You bet. Sporting looked to be cruising to a first leg victory last week, only for Rui Patricio to concede a quite silly penalty in the closing stages, which was scored by Xavier. Sporting are 2-1 up on aggregate, but a 1-0 victory for Metalist will see them through on away goals.
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