Thursday March 29, 2012 Quarter-final Finished Estádio José Alvalade

Sporting Lisbon 2 - 1 Metalist Kharkiv

  • Izmailov 51’
  • Insúa 64’
  • Xavier 90’ (pen.)

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  1. Sporting take narrow lead

    Sporting take narrow lead

    Sporting Lisbon produced a strong second-half performance to beat Metalist Kharkiv 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sporting Lisbon
    • Metalist Kharkiv
    • 90+4 That's the final whistle! Sporting beat Metalist 2-1 in Lisbon, but Xavier's late penalty has given the Ukrainians hope going into the second leg next week.
    • 90'+4 That goal has changed the complexion of the match completely.
    • 90'+3 Substitution for Metalist, Sosa comes of for Valvayev.
    • 90'+2 Sloppy from Sporting, who had looked so good in defence all game. We're having 4 minutes of stoppage time.
    • 90'+1 GOAL! Captain Xavier converts from the spot.
    • 90' PENALTY TO METALIST! Patricio brings down Devic and earns a yellow card.
    • 89' Metalist are throwing everyone forward, with little end product.
    • 88' Sporting's defence has been very impressive this evening.
    • 87' Neto wins a free kick for Sporting close to the Metalist box after a clumsy challenge by Torsiglieri, who is on a yellow card.
    • 86' Devic is played through by Sosa and he tries to lift his shot over Patricio but it's well saved. It turns out he was just offside.
    • 85' Sporting came out a completely different side in this second half. Whatever Sa Pinto said worked wonders.
    • 84' Metalist are giving it their all to claw a goal back in the closing stages.
    • 83' Taison runs into the Sporting box and tries a cross for Devic which is well defended by Sporting.
    • 82' Carrillo tees up Fernandez on the edge of the box, but his shot is hit straight at Goryainov.
    • 81' Brilliant run from Sosa, a moment of magic. He plays a neat one-two but Patricio is quick off his line to smother the ball.
    • 80' Final change for Sporting, goalscorer Izmailov is replaced by Carrillo.
    • 79' Fernandez goes down holding his face under a challenge from Torres. He made a bit of a meal of it though.
    • 78' Change for Metalist, Marlos comes on for Blanco.
    • 77' Free kick for Sporting on the edge of the Metalist area.
    • 76' Metalist have looked threatening in the last 5 minutes. An away goal would make a huge difference going into the second leg.
    • 75' Real chance for Devic! The ball falls for him in a great position but he hits his shot straight at Patricio.
    • 74' Taison hits a low shot from outside the area, it was probably going wide, but Patricio takes no chances and tips the ball behind for a corner.
    • 73' Delightful play from Fernandez, plenty of twists, turns and flicks but the attack breaks down for Sporting.
    • 72' Capel received a standing ovation from the home fans. His moment of class helped to break the deadlock this evening.
    • 71' Substitution for Sporting, Capel is replaced by Jeffren.
    • 70' Substitution for Sporting. Carrico is replaced by Neto.
    • 69' Metalist's set pieces have been very disappointing this evening.
    • 68' Deep corner for Metalist falls to Taison. He switches the play again and Metalist win another corner.
    • 67' It's been a completely different half of football in Lisbon, and the Estadio Jose Alvalade is rocking.
    • 66' First change for Metalist as Devic replaces Cristaldo.
    • 65' Goryainov looks livid with his wall, and he's right to feel aggrieved.
    • 64' GOAL! Insua takes the free kick, and it's delightfully struck. The former Liverpool man hits it low, through the Metalist wall, into the bottom corner.
    • 63' Neat play from Fernandez and he's earned himself a free kick in a very dangerous area. Gueye committed the foul. Perhaps it wasn't his final warning then!
    • 62' Taison is cutting a frustrated figure. He feels he's being victimised by the Sporting full backs but he does go down very easily.
    • 60' Sporting are keeping possession nicely, but Metalist look most dangerous when attacking at pace, and you feel that they can get the equaliser with a speedy counter attack.
    • 59' Gueye with another poor challenge. He's already on a yellow card, and referee Stark counts on his hands how many poor challenges he's made. That's likely to be his final warning.
    • 58' Raul has just scored a stunning goal for Schalke in one of the night's other Europa League quarter finals. They're 2-1 up at home to Athletic Bilbao. Open another link and follow here:
    • 57' Yellow card for Sporting's Carrico. He'll also miss the second leg.
    • 56' What a difference a half time team talk makes. Sporting have had the better of the opening stages of this half.
    • 55' Cristaldo is played into the box and does well to get his shot away, which is straight at Patricio.
    • 54' Chances aplenty now. Fernandez hits a free kick which needs to be tipped over by Goryainov.
    • 53' Yellow card for Gueye and he'll miss the second leg too. Both first choice central defenders will be out for Metalist.
    • 52' Capel was very impressive in the build up to that goal, and he wins a free kick for Sporting in a dangerous position.
    • 51' GOAL! Sporting take the lead. Capel plays a low cross into the Metalist box, and Izmailov is there poke the ball into the net. Lovely move from the home side.
    • 50' Schaars swings in the corner, but no-one attacks the set piece and it's claimed by Goryainov.
    • 49' Pereira bursts forward on the right and wins a corner for Sporting.
    • 48' Bright start to this half from Sporting. Manager Ricardo Sa Pinto kept his side in the dressing room for quite some time. Perhaps less than impressed with their showing in the first period.
    • 47' Taicon does well on the right, beating his man and cutting inside the box. He goes down a little too easily, and the referee demands the Brazilian to get back on his feet.
    • 46' Izmailov tries a chipped shot from outside the box, but it's gone wide.
    • 46' We're back underway in Lisbon.
    • 45' Stark brings an end to the half. It's been uneventful, which might be an understatement. Both sides have cancelled each other out. Half time: Sporting 0 Metalist 0.
    • 45' For me, most of the entertainment in this half has come through referee Wolfgang Stark, who makes none of his movements without 100% effort.
    • 44' Yellow card for Izmailov for a foul on Cristaldo.
    • 43' Sporting really should have done better with that chance, as Goryainov really made a hash of that cross. He looks a little uncertain.
    • 42' The ball from the free kick falls to van Wolfswinkel, but he scuffs his shot and it's cleared by the defence. The opportunity came as 'keeper Goryainov struggled to deal with the cross.
    • 41' Sporting have a free kick which Fernandez will attempt to swing in.
    • 39' Metalist once again happy to keep possession of the ball in their own half.
    • 38' The ball falls for Carrico on the edge of the box, and he swings a boot at it but the shot goes wide.
    • 37' Metalist's attack breaks down as Schaars shepherds the ball out of play for a goal kick.
    • 36' Villagra has a chance to create an attack down the right side but his control lets him down.
    • 35' The tackles are flying in, as both sides begin to get frustrated with the lack of chances.
    • 34' Incidently, Torsiglieri used to play for Sporting. He signed permanently for Metalist in December.
    • 33' First yellow card of the game goes to Torsiglieri, he'll miss the second leg.
    • 32' Insua and Villagra come together, both suffering kicks to the head, but they're ok.
    • 31' First shot on target of the match comes from Carrico, as he hits a shot from distance straight into the arms of Goryainov.
    • 30' It's fair to say this has been a fairly cagey game thus far. Both sides have enough to threaten though, and you imagine one goal will open things up.
    • 29' Almost half an hour gone, and we are yet to see a real effort on goal.
    • 28' A few theatrics from Taison when he's tackled every now and again. Lots of tumbles and rolls when he's challenged. Brazil's gymnasts won't be worried about losing their Olympic places, though.
    • 27' Wasted by Metalist once again. The free kick is taken short to Xavier, who hits a shot from quite a way out high and wide.
    • 26' Taison wins a free kick for Metalist in a decent area.
    • 25' Metalist are on the attack again.
    • 24' A let off for Sporting. Taison chases down what looks like a lost cause, and Insua doesn't control the ball properly, gets it stuck in his feet, and eventually clears.
    • 23' Better from the home side. Pereira attacks down the right and pulls a low cross back, but it's cleared by Metalist.
    • 22' Taison fires a free kick from some distance out with plenty of power, but no accuracy. It's wide of Patricio's goal.
    • 21' Capel has undoubted talent, but on the odd occasion Sporting have had possession, he's given it away too often.
    • 20' The home fans are getting a little frustrated, lots of whistles now when Metalist have the ball.
    • 19' Metalist have spent the last minute playing keep ball between their defence, until Gueye hits a ball long straight out for a Sporting throw.
    • 18' Shot from Cristaldo is blocked by the Sporting defence on the edge of the area.
    • 17' Taison tries to drill a low cross into the Sporting box from the by-line but it's cleared by Sporting for a throw.
    • 16' Metalist will be incredibly happy with this start. The visitors have had the better of the opening stages.
    • 15' Gueye is given a final warning by the referee for a poor tackle on Capel.
    • 13' Scuffed shot from Xandao on the edge of the Metalist box, which goes wide of Goryainov's goal.
    • 12' Sporting are finally getting a chance to have some time on the ball, and Pereira has won a free kick for the home side, which will be taken by Schaars.
    • 11' Xavier's free-kick is a poor one, it fails to beat the first man and is cleared by Sporting.
    • 10' Cristaldo wins a free kick for Metalist, which will be taken to the right-hand side of the Sporting penalty box.
    • 9' Metalist are renowned for having an attacking mentality, and they're keeping with that tonight.
    • 8' Encouraging run down the left from Taison for Metalist, he beats his man but the cross is cut out and Sporting have possession.
    • 7' Capel gets a decent cross into the Metalist box, but it's cleared away by the defence.
    • 6' By the way, our referee tonight is the experienced Wolfgang Stark from Germany.
    • 5' Metalist are keeping possession well. They're happy to be patient and build from the back.
    • 4' The early pressure is from Metalist. Taison has been close to threading an incisive through ball into the Sporting box.
    • 3' There's a strong South American contingent for Metalist tonight: 6 Argentineans, 2 Brazilians. There's only one Ukrainian: that's goalkeeper Goryainov.
    • 2' Clumsy opening from Metalist, making a few too many silly challenges which later on in the game probably would have resulted in a yellow card.
    • 1' We're underway in Lisbon.
    • 20:01 The teams are out in Lisbon.
    • 20:00 Metalist's Jose Sosa leads the assist table with 5.
    • 19:55 Despite their decent form in Europe, both teams are struggling to challenge for their domestic titles. Sporting are 14 points off Portuguese Liga leaders Braga, whilst Metalist are 10 points behind Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukranian Premier League.
    • 19:50 Neither teams have ever won the competition. This is Metalist's best ever run in Europe - their previous best saw them go out to domestic rivals Dynamo Kyiv three seasons ago, when they exited in the last 16.
    • 19:45 These sides have never met before, but Sporting have a pretty good record against Ukrainian sides. They've won all four matches they've played, and have never conceded a goal at home against clubs from Ukraine.
    • 19:40 Metalist are perhaps the surprise inclusion in the last eight. But they deserve to be here, losing only once in twelve Europa League games this season.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Sporting: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Xandao, Anderson Polga, Insua, Daniel Carrico, Fernandez, Schaars, Izmailov, Diego Capel, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Marcelo, Evaldo, Jeffren, Carrillo, Andre Martins, Neto, Rubio /// Metalist Kharkiv: Goryainov, Obradovic, Gueye, Torsiglieri, Villagra, Torres, Cleiton Xavier, Sosa, Blanco, Taison, Cristaldo. Subs: Disljenkovic, Berezovchuk, Shelayev, Valyaev, Pshenichnikh, Marlos, Devic
    • 19.30 Home side Sporting are unbeaten in ten European home games. That's nine wins and a draw.
    • 19.25 Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the Europa League quarter-final first leg between Sporting Lisbon and Metalist Kharkiv from the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
  • Summary

    • 90'+1 GOAL! Captain Xavier converts from the spot.
    • 81' Brilliant run from Sosa, a moment of magic. He plays a neat one-two but Patricio is quick off his line to smother the ball.
    • 75' Real chance for Devic! The ball falls for him in a great position but he hits his shot straight at Patricio.
    • 74' Taison hits a low shot from outside the area, it was probably going wide, but Patricio takes no chances and tips the ball behind for a corner.
    • 64' GOAL! Insua takes the free kick, and it's delightfully struck. The former Liverpool man hits it low, through the Metalist wall, into the bottom corner.
    • 55' Cristaldo is played into the box and does well to get his shot away, which is straight at Patricio.
    • 54' Chances aplenty now. Fernandez hits a free kick which needs to be tipped over by Goryainov.
    • 51' GOAL! Sporting take the lead. Capel plays a low cross into the Metalist box, and Izmailov is there poke the ball into the net. Lovely move from the home side.
    • 42' The ball from the free kick falls to van Wolfswinkel, but he scuffs his shot and it's cleared by the defence. The opportunity came as 'keeper Goryainov struggled to deal with the cross.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Sporting: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Xandao, Anderson Polga, Insua, Daniel Carrico, Fernandez, Schaars, Izmailov, Diego Capel, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Marcelo, Evaldo, Jeffren, Carrillo, Andre Martins, Neto, Rubio /// Metalist Kharkiv: Goryainov, Obradovic, Gueye, Torsiglieri, Villagra, Torres, Cleiton Xavier, Sosa, Blanco, Taison, Cristaldo. Subs: Disljenkovic, Berezovchuk, Shelayev, Valyaev, Pshenichnikh, Marlos, Devic

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