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González goal saves the day for Standard

Published: Wednesday 27 July 2011, 22.54CET
R. Standard de Liège 1-1 FC Zürich
Admir Mehmedi's strike had seemingly earned Zürich an away win but Nacho González came off the bench to score a 90th-minute equaliser.
González goal saves the day for Standard
Mathieu Beda (right) holds on Standard's Aloys Nong during their 1-1 draw in Liege ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Standard LiègeZürich

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
1
Corners3
 
4
Offsides4
 
8
Fouls committed13
 
20
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 27 July 2011, 22.54CET

González goal saves the day for Standard

R. Standard de Liège 1-1 FC Zürich
Admir Mehmedi's strike had seemingly earned Zürich an away win but Nacho González came off the bench to score a 90th-minute equaliser.

Nacho González scored within six minutes of coming off the bench to save R. Standard de Liège from defeat in their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round opener against FC Zürich.

A home loss would have been hard on the Belgian outfit, who found it difficult to penetrate a Zürich side content to defend for long periods. Yet it was Urs Fischer's men who looked set to establish a first-leg advantage when Admir Mehmedi volleyed in with 12 minutes left. With time running out, however, González headed a last-gasp equaliser which leaves the tie finely poised for the return next Wednesday.

Standard's first effort of note came via Pape Camara, who flashed a shot wide after 18 minutes. If that was a sighter, Les Rouges would have found their range on the half-hour mark but for Johnny Leoni. Sébastien Pocognoli delivered a corner and captain Jelle Van Damme powered in a header which the Zürich goalkeeper pushed on to a post.

Eight minutes into the second half, Zürich‘s Philippe Koch was in the right place to clear Aloys Nong's effort off the goal line after the Standard striker had beaten Leoni with a lob. Having come perilously close to falling behind, Zürich shocked the Stade Maurice Dufrasne after 78 minutes, Mehmedi − a star of the Switzerland squad which reached last month's UEFA European Under-21 Championship final − turning in Ricardo Rodriguez's delivery.

It was Standard, group stage participants in 2009/10 along with Zürich, who had the final say, however, as González headed in a free-kick from Leye Mbaye.

Last updated: 28/07/11 12.01CET

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Lineups

standard liège

Standard Liège

zürich

Zürich

38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
4
OpareDaniel Opare
2
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
5
FelipeFelipe
3
RodriguezRicardo Rodriguez
10
TchitéMohamed Tchité
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Substitution23
13
NongAloys Nong
Substitution84
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter (C)
15
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
Substitution87
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Yellow Card89
17
BuyensYoni Buyens
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
25
KanuKanu
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Substitution90+1
37
Van DammeJelle Van Damme (C)
Yellow Card65
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
Yellow Card85
80
CamaraPape Camara
Substitution84
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Yellow Card79
Goal79
Substitution87
99
LeyeMbaye Leye
28
BédaMathieu Béda

Substitutes

18
MorisAnthony Moris (GK)
32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
2
GoreuxRéginal Goreux
4
R. KochRaphael Koch
Substitution90+1
3
BelhocineKarim Belhocine
8
KukuruzovićStjepan Kukuruzović
Substitution23
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
Substitution87
15
BuffOliver Buff
14
Nacho GonzálezNacho González
Substitution84
Goal90
23
MagninLudovic Magnin
16
BoukhrissAbdelfettah Boukhriss
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
23
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
Substitution84
31
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution87

Coach

José Riga (BEL) Urs Fischer (SUI)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Danny Krasikow (ISR), Oren Borneshtain (ISR)

Fourth official

Asaf Kenan (ISR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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