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  1. Sporting backheel sinks City in Lisbon

    Sporting backheel sinks City in Lisbon

    Manchester City have work to do in their Europa League last-16 second leg after falling to a 1-0 first leg defeat at Sporting Libson. More

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    Time:90'
    • Sporting Lisbon
    • Manchester City
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 1-0 win for Sporting. City fall to defeat in the first leg.
    • 90+3' Kolarov has been booked for a foul on Pereira. Poor challenge by Kolarov.
    • 89' A couple of minutes to be added on. Looks like a 1-0 win for Sporting.
    • 88' Balotelli has made a real nuisance of himself since coming on. Sporting frantically scramble the ball clear from inside their box.
    • 87' Aguero almost in for the equaliser. Chips it over Patricio, but Xandao saves the day as the ball hits off his thigh. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee gets that one right.
    • 86' Balotelli's looping header hits the bar from Silva's corner. So near, but so far. What a header that was from 12 yards out. Patricio needing a spot of treatment after falling as he tried to keep out the shot.
    • 85' So the whistles ring round this stadium as Sporting home in on a famous victory, their best of the season.
    • 84' That earlier appeal was right to be throw out by the referee. Hit Kolo Toure on the thigh.
    • 83' Renato is booked for a late challenge on Balotelli. Four men booked now in this contest.
    • 82' Appeals for a handball against Toure in the box. That could have been a penalty, but the referee waves play on.
    • 81' Pereira is out of the second leg as Balotelli decides to smash a shot straight into the wall from the free-kick. Disappointing effort.
    • 80' Pereira enters the book for pulling the shirt of Balotelli.
    • 79' Agüero and Sporting left-back Emiliano Insúa won the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup together with Argentina. Insúa also spent five years in England with Liverpool, making 46 league appearances.
    • 78' Sporting just lump the ball down the park. Hart races to retrieve it. Time not on City's side here.
    • 77' Kolarov can only hit the top of the wall with a fairly tame effort. Ball back in the visiting half seconds later as City pick up.
    • 76' Skipper Polga booked for going through Balotelli from the back. Free-kick chance here. 25 yards from goal.
    • 75' Milner guilty of a deliberate handball, but no booking. City collect the loose ball seconds later. Would dearly love this away goal.
    • 74' Sporting set to make another change for these closing 15 minutes as Capel departs to be replaced by Carrillo.
    • 73' So close for Silva! Lovely flick with his right foot across goal by Balotelli, but Silva prods the finish inches wide of the goal.
    • 72' Nasri tries to finish off Kolarov's cross, but blocked by a home shirt. Better play by the visitors.
    • 71' Ball seemed to clip Pereira on the hand in the Sporting box, but was never intentional.
    • 70' Dzeko whipped off to be replaced by Mario Balotelli.
    • 69' Clichy whacks a cross into the middle, but poor delivery as Patricio comes off his line to gather the loose ball with some ease.
    • 68' Another change for Sporting with Renato Neto taking over from Fernandez.
    • 67' Kolarov's attempted cross clips the top of the woodwork as is flies over for a goalkick to the home side.
    • 66' Polga wins the ball from Aguero before Pereirinha slips the shot wide from Capel's cross. Marking pretty slack again from the visitors.
    • 65' Kolarov clips Carrico for the concession of another free-kick to Sporting, who continue to look the likelier side.
    • 64' City defence all over the show there. The home side have certainly grown in confidence the longer this contest has progressed.
    • 63' Brilliant stop by Hart! Should have been 2-0 as the keeper dives to his left to keep out the finish from Van Wolfswinkel from eight yards out. Lovely ball by Insua. Lovely play by Sporting.
    • 62' Twente have a 1-0 lead over Schalke. Sporting meanwhile hurtle themselves down the pitch for another attack.
    • 61' Xandao penalised for a high challenge on Dzeko. City collect the ball in their half. Not going anywhere with any great momentum.
    • 60' Kolarov so close to finding a stunning leveller for City. A brutally struck shot whizzes inches wide from distance. Keeper well beaten.
    • 59' Ismailov is going to depart for Sporting to be replaced by Pereirinha.
    • 58' Samir Nasri is wheeled on to take over from Barry for City.
    • 57' Milner takes out Capel before Kolarov heads the free-kick from Schaars behind hs own goal. Rocky moments for City.
    • 56' Pereira's cross nodded over his own goal by Lescott with Hart coming off his line. Sporting piling it on at the moment.
    • 55' Lescott takes no chances as he thumps a clearance out of play. Sporting growing in confidence as Van Wolfwinkel fails to connect with a shot at the edge of the area. Straight through to Hart.
    • 54' This game certainly needed a goal, and it has a goal. The whole home support making their feelings known. City need to try to find this away goal.
    • 53' Aguero forces Patricio to make a timely save as City try to hit back right away. Sporting with a 1-0 lead.
    • 52' GOAL! Xandao scores for Sporting! Brilliant backheel from the central defender as he finishes with Hart spilling the free-kick from Fernandez.
    • 51' De Jong fouls Fernandez to concede a free-kick. Chance then for Sporting.
    • 50' Another goal to bring you news of. Olympiacos holding a 1-0 lead away to Metalist. David Fuster on the scoresheet for the Greek side. Meanwhile, Besiktas score in Spain. They trail 3-1 to Atletico.
    • 49' Dzeko not having hit most memorable game this evening as Carrico catches Silva with a heavy challenge.
    • 48' Moves have a habit of petering out in the final third. And there is another one as Silva slips a shot well over the bar from the edge of the Sporting box.
    • 47' Hart on the ball early in the second half before rolling it to Toure, who takes a stroll up the park with the ball.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second period of this first leg.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. 0-0 at half-time. Neither side fully committed to grabbing the opening goal. As a result, we have no goals to report.
    • 44' A minute to be added as De Jong is the next man booked for taking out Van Wolfswinkel.
    • 43' Dzeko stumbles over the boot of Izmailov. Going to be a booking for that one.
    • 42' City’s 2-1 win at Porto in the last round was only their second away victory in eight European games, a run which includes two draws and four defeats.
    • 41' Kolarov back to help out his defence before Fernandez sees a shot blocked. Sporting keeping the ball well before Insua knocks it high and well over the bar. Disappointing end to that particular move.
    • 40' Into the last five minute of what has been a surprisingly tame and strategic first period in which neither side have looked like finding an opening goal.
    • 39' Toure bounds up the park, but the move breaks down as the ball finds its way back to Patricio in the Sporting goal. A frustrating half in front of goal for City, it must be said.
    • 38' Carrico fancies his chances from 30 yards out. Slams the shot at goal. Slams the shot wide. Hart never under threat there.
    • 37' Patricio collects the ball in the Sporting goal. Neither side willing to commit too many bodies forward. Van Wolfswinkel is not having the easiest of times up front for Sporting.
    • 36' Offside flag goes up against Dzeko. Just went too soon. Insua seemed to be playing him onside.
    • 35' Another goal for Atletico. A 3-0 lead now against Besiktas. That match could be over before the second leg.
    • 34' Tough to call how this is going to go at the moment. City would be happier with the 0-0 draw. No doubt about that. Clichy just fails to keep the ball in out wide.
    • 33' Fernandez puts plenty of power into the shot from 25 yards, but well wide of the goal. Poor play by Dzeko to surrender possession needlessly.
    • 32' Pereria's cross flicks off Kolarov before dropping under the City bar, but Hart is alive to tip it over.
    • 31' Milner with the ball out wide. Sporting break with it seconds later. Izmailov on the ball for the Portuguese side. Neat possession play.
    • 30' Balotelli spotted on the touchline with quite a large grin. Insua thumps the shot at goal, but blocked by a City shirt.
    • 29' Atletico now two goals ahead with Salvio scoring his second goal of the evening against Besiktas. Boss Sa Pinto looking on with a fairly serious glare.
    • 28' Xandao walloping the ball behind for a corner from Kolarov's pass. Milner with the corner, but poor stuff really as Van Wolfswinkel nudges it up the park.
    • 27' Atletico lead Besiktas 1-0. Salvio has scored on 24 minutes in that one. Meanwhile, on we go here with City on the ball.
    • 26' Mancini looking very chilled out on the touchline as Particio thumps the goalkick down the park.
    • 25' Fernandez with the delivery, but the right level for Hart to come to pluck out of the air.
    • 24' Lescott knocks the ball out of play as Fernandez broke. Corner to the home side.
    • 23' So close for City! Barry's shot curls inches wide of a post. That was a certain goal if it was on target. Goalkeeper was beaten there.
    • 22' Was a decent opportunity for the home side to break through Schaars and Fernandez, but not taken. City earn another corner at the other end.
    • 21' Pereira knocks the ball into the body of Lescott. Some frantic appeals for a penalty, but never a spot-kick there. City survive the break.
    • 20' Kolarov's cross breaks off a home shirt to Barry, but he hesitates over the shot before Sporting break to the other end.
    • 19' Carrico and Silva tussle for the ball. Some meaty challenges flying in out there as the visitors continue to fraternise with this deliberate, passing style.
    • 18' Barry back to pick the pocket of Capel as he tried to advance down his left flank. Again City just keep the ball without being in any hurry to move up the park.
    • 17' Aguero and Polga involved in a real tussle for the ball out wide. City in no rush to press their case here.
    • 16' This is Sporting’s 250th game in European club competition - their previous 249 have ended W106 D57 L86 F387 A310.
    • 15' Silva tries to pick out Aguero with a lovely little dinked pass, but Sporting wallop the ball clear. Sporting then attack at the other end as Pereira slams a shot wide from out wide.
    • 14' Lescott wearing the captain's armband as City win the ball again before keeping possession around the halfway line.
    • 13' Lovely ball into the box by Milner, but Patricio manages to keep out Toure's powerful header. Almost the opening goal for the English team.
    • 12' Lescott arrives to take over from Kompany as City prepare to take a corner.
    • 11' Pereira drives a fierce shot at the City goal, but Hart dives to make a very fine stop. Nice passage of play. Best moment of the match so far.
    • 10' City the form side with six straight wins in all competitions before tonight. Sporting trying to get themselves at the visitors, who continue to play with 10 men.
    • 9' City playing with ten men at the moment as Joleon Lescott prepares to come on. The Sporting fans making plenty of noise as are the City fans.
    • 8' Looks like Kompany may be finished tonight. He is hobbling off the park. His night is over. How costly will that injury prove to be?
    • 7' Augero with a strong tackle on Insua. City on the ball, but Kompany has a problem as he knocks the ball out of play.
    • 6' Izmailov penalised for a late tackle on Kolarov before Aguero loses possession in the Sporting box.
    • 5' Offside flag goes up against Dzeko from Milner's pass. Sporting with the ball back in their own half.
    • 4' Schaars tries to lob the ball over Hart after he raced from his line to header the ball away. Just off target, but worth the try.
    • 3' Xandao nips ahead of Aguero to get the header back to Patricio in the Sporting goal. City quick to pick up again seconds later.
    • 2' Van Wolfswinkel takes out Dzeko with a late challenge at the halfway line. City back on the ball here.
    • 1' City get this match off and running. Not a full house for this one, but a noisy enough crowd.
    • 17.55 Odd for this evening: Sporting Lisbon (4/1) Manchester City (4/5) Draw (11/4)
    • 17.50 City are playing in the last 16 for the third time in four seasons - they eliminated Aalborg in 2008/09, going on to lose to Hamburg in the last eight, but lost to Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 last season.
    • 17.45 Sporting are on an excellent run of home form as they meet Manchester City with their guests fresh from ousting another Portuguese side in Porto. Sporting are unbeaten in nine European home games − eight wins and a draw − since a 2-0 loss to Brondby in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League play-offs.
    • 17.40 "My stance on football is always to be very well informed about my opponent," Sporting coach Sa Pinto said. "Maybe not everyone does that and that is up to them, but after [the match] they maybe won't forget about some of the Sporting players' names."
    • 17.35 Robert Mancini is focused on trying to reach the final. He said: "We want to try to go to the final if possible but it will be difficult because the Europa League has top squads - Manchester United, Valencia, Schalke - it is like the Champions League. For this reason it will be difficult but we want to try. After that the Barclays Premier League - we are top, and if we win the next 13 games we will win the league."
    • 17.30 Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is suspended. Defender Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring) is also out. Gael Clichy starts at right-back instead of Micah Richards.
    • 17.25 Sporting striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is fit and starts for Lisbon. Midfielder Jeffren misses out while Fito Rinaudo is absent with an ankle knock.
    • 17.20 Teams: Sporting: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Xandao, Anderson Polga, Insua, Fernandez, Daniel Carrico, Schaars, Diego Capel, Izmailov, van Wolfswinkel..subs: Marcelo, Rodriguez, Evaldo, Carrillo, Bruno Pereirinha, Neto, Rubio////Man City: Hart, Clichy, Kompany, Toure, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko..subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Pizarro, Johnson, Savic, Nasri, Balotelli
    • 17.15 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Manchester City's match with Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of the Europa League. This is the first leg of what is likely to be a mouthwatering clash.
  • Summary

    • 86' Balotelli's looping header hits the bar from Silva's corner. So near, but so far. What a header that was from 12 yards out. Patricio needing a spot of treatment after falling as he tried to keep out the shot.
    • 73' So close for Silva! Lovely flick with his right foot across goal by Balotelli, but Silva prods the finish inches wide of the goal.
    • 63' Brilliant stop by Hart! Should have been 2-0 as the keeper dives to his left to keep out the finish from Van Wolfswinkel from eight yards out. Lovely ball by Insua. Lovely play by Sporting.
    • 60' Kolarov so close to finding a stunning leveller for City. A brutally struck shot whizzes inches wide from distance. Keeper well beaten.
    • 52' GOAL! Xandao scores for Sporting! Brilliant backheel from the central defender as he finishes with Hart spilling the free-kick from Fernandez.
    • 23' So close for City! Barry's shot curls inches wide of a post. That was a certain goal if it was on target. Goalkeeper was beaten there.
    • 13' Lovely ball into the box by Milner, but Patricio manages to keep out Toure's powerful header. Almost the opening goal for the English team.
    • 11' Pereira drives a fierce shot at the City goal, but Hart dives to make a very fine stop. Nice passage of play. Best moment of the match so far.
    • 17.20 Teams: Sporting: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Xandao, Anderson Polga, Insua, Fernandez, Daniel Carrico, Schaars, Diego Capel, Izmailov, van Wolfswinkel..subs: Marcelo, Rodriguez, Evaldo, Carrillo, Bruno Pereirinha, Neto, Rubio////Man City: Hart, Clichy, Kompany, Toure, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko..subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Pizarro, Johnson, Savic, Nasri, Balotelli

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