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Udinese impress on debut

Published: Thursday 11 August 2005, 0.50CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-1 Udinese Calcio Vincenzo Iaquinta's goal gives Italian visitors a debut victory.

Match statistics

SportingUdinese

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 11 August 2005, 0.50CET

Udinese impress on debut

Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-1 Udinese Calcio Vincenzo Iaquinta's goal gives Italian visitors a debut victory.

By Michael Harrold at the Estádio José Alvalade

Udinese Calcio made a winning start to their first UEFA Champions League campaign thanks to Vincenzo Iaquinta's 29th-minute penalty against Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Barreto fouled
The striker fired past Ricardo in the Sporting goal after Paulo Barreto had been brought down and that goal proved enough to decide this third qualifying round first leg. The Italian team will look to finish the job when they welcome the Portuguese outfit to the Friuli stadium on 23 August.

All change
Udinese bore little resemblance to the side that had finished fourth in Serie A last season as Serse Cosmi introduced four new signings for his first game in charge. One of them, Barreto, partnered Iaquinta in attack in the absence of the injured David Di Michele.

Expert advice
Cosmi had spoken with Giovanni Trapattoni prior to the match and the former SL Benfica coach had clearly advised him well. In only the second minute, Barreto broke free of his marker to lay the ball off for Vincent Candela who powered a shot off the crossbar. Having survived that scare Sporting assumed control.

Douala lively
Sporting coach José Peseiro was without the influential Fabio Rochemback so Sá Pinto was asked to provide the supply line to Liedson and his new strike partner Deivid. But it was the pacy Roudolphe Douala who provided the inspiration for much of their attacking play. In the first 15 minutes, he worked openings for both forwards but neither was able to capitalise.

Deadlock broken
Against the run of play, however, Udinese went ahead. Barreto broke into the area and was sent crashing to the ground by Miguel Garcia. While the young striker received treatment, Iaquinta fired the visitors in front from the penalty spot.

Vidigal return
Sporting hit back. Morgan De Sanctis tipped Beto's free-kick around the post and the 2004/05 UEFA Cup finalists regained their momentum. Cosmi responded by taking off the limping Barreto, bringing on former Sporting favourite José Vidigal to shore up the midfield. Almost immediately, Udinese came close to doubling their lead. Iaquinta got clear of Beto but the defender recovered well to put the 25-year-old off his shot.

Trio departed
Sporting held possession after the restart but Udinese kept their shape. Full credit to Cosmi whose new-look lineup made light of the summer departures of Marek Jankulovski, Per Krøldrup and David Pizarro. In their places, young Nigerian Christian Obodo held his ground well in central midfield while Cesare Natali was a dominant force at the back.

Liedson denied
With 15 minutes to play, Sporting finally forced an opening. Substitute Rogerio cut inside his marker on the right and drilled a shot off the post. Liedson was on hand to turn in the rebound, but the flag had gone up for offside. With that went Sporting's chances.

Last updated: 22/08/05 14.50CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

udinese

Udinese

76
RicardoRicardo (GK)
1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
4
BertottoValerio Bertotto (C)
10
Sá PintoSá Pinto
Yellow Card67
5
ObodoChristian Obodo
Yellow Card87
11
TelloRodrigo Tello
7
ZenoniDamiano Zenoni
Yellow Card21
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
Yellow Card27
Substitution57
9
IaquintaVincenzo Iaquinta
Goal27
Yellow Card53
17
DoualaRoudolphe Douala
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Yellow Card59
Substitution82
22
BetoBeto (C)
14
NataliCesare Natali
Yellow Card35
23
DeividDeivid
Substitution79
18
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution72
27
CustódioCustódio
Substitution70
19
FelipeFelipe
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
31
BarretoPaulo Barreto
Substitution41
31
EdsonEdson
Yellow Card48
32
CandelaVincent Candela

Substitutes

1
NélsonNélson (GK)
12
PaolettiGabriele Paoletti (GK)
2
RogérioRogério
Substitution57
6
SensiniRoberto Néstor Sensini
9
SilvaSilva
Substitution79
8
VidigalVidigal
Substitution41
13
TonelTonel
20
RossiniFausto Rossini
Substitution82
18
NaniNani
Substitution70
23
MauriStefano Mauri
Substitution72
20
VarelaSilvestre Varela
27
MottaMarco Motta
21
PaítoPaíto
39
JuarezJuarez

Coach

José Peseiro (POR) Serse Cosmi (ITA)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Panos Mavropoulos (GRE)

Fourth official

Heraklis Tsikinis (GRE)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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