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Ten-man Twente frustrate Sporting

Published: Wednesday 29 July 2009, 22.25CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-0 FC Twente
The Eredivisie runners-up overcame the first-half dismissal of goalkeeper Sander Boschker to hold Sporting to a goalless draw.
by Nuno Tavares
Ten-man Twente frustrate Sporting
Sporting's João Moutinho reacts to his missed penalty against Twente ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SportingTwente

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target16
 
5
Attempts off target1
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 29 July 2009, 22.25CET

Ten-man Twente frustrate Sporting

Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-0 FC Twente
The Eredivisie runners-up overcame the first-half dismissal of goalkeeper Sander Boschker to hold Sporting to a goalless draw.

FC Twente survived the first-half dismissal of goalkeeper Sander Boschker to hold hosts Sporting Clube de Portugal to a 0-0 draw in their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg.

Penalty save
Boschker was sent off midway through the first half when he brought down Hélder Postiga in the area. However, substitute Nikolay Mihaylov saved João Moutinho's penalty and, after weathering a first-half storm, Twente came more into the game and could have won it late on through Theo Janssen or Blaise Nkufo.

First-half drama
The visitors were the first to threaten when Rui Patrício saved Kenneth Perez's 15th-minute free-kick. However, the hosts were soon on top and Boschker received a straight red card for his challenge on Postiga. Despite the unsuccessful spot-kick, Sporting were unperturbed and continued to dominate with Moutinho and Postiga twice testing an inspired Mihaylov, whose father Boris spent two seasons in Portugal with CF Os Belenenses.

Twente misses
Twente improved after the break enjoying more possession and limiting Sporting to sporadic forays forward. Paulo Bento's team had to wait until the 70th minute for their first real chance of the second half with Yannick Djaló firing over following Mati Fernández's centre. Soon after Pedro Silva's cross hit the bar and Miguel Veloso then went close as the hosts pushed hard for a winner. However, it was Steve McClaren's side who nearly snatched a vital away goal as Janssen was brilliant denied by Rui Patrício before Nkufo could only shoot wide after rounding the goalkeeper in injury time.

Last updated: 30/07/09 12.24CET

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