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Sporting forced to share spoils

Published: Thursday 6 November 2003, 22.50CET
Gençlerbirligi SK 1-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal Substitute Veysel Cihan gives Gençlerbirligi a chance.

Match statistics

GençlerbirliğiSporting

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 6 November 2003, 22.50CET

Sporting forced to share spoils

Gençlerbirligi SK 1-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal Substitute Veysel Cihan gives Gençlerbirligi a chance.

Veysel Cihan proved the hero for Gençlerbirligi SK, scoring with his first touch after coming on as a substitute, as the Turkish team fought back from a goal down to earn a draw against Sporting Clube De Portugal at the 19 Mayis stadium.

Penalty woe
After a scrappy start it was Gençlerbirligi who were the first into their stride and, on 17 minutes, the raucous home crowd all rose to their feet after Serkan Balci was brought down by Custódio in the box. Their joy was short-lived as the hero of two weeks ago, Mustafa Özkan, tamely struck his penalty, allowing Sporting goalkeeper Ricardo to save to his right.

Youla chance
Gençlerbirligi did not get downhearted and kept driving forward, without creating many real goalscoring opportunities. However, they should have taken the lead just two minutes before the interval. Souleymane Youla was put through by a deft flick from Mustafa Özkan but saw his shot saved by the feet of Ricardo.

Lucky break
Sporting had been improving and continued that trend at the start of the second half. Just five minutes in they got the opening goal of the game. The lively Liedson Da Silva Muniz picked up the ball on the right and surged into the box before firing over a cross-shot which deflected off the unfortunate Erkan Õzbey into the net. It was the Brazilian's third goal of this season's UEFA Cup.

Veysel inspired
Gençlerbirligi coach Ersun Yanal made an immediate response, bringing on Veysel for what proved an inspired change. A teasing right-wing cross from Ali Tandogan was headed against the post by Josip Skoko, but fell straight into the path of Veysel, who flicked home from close range. The substitute could have had a quick second, forcing two good saves out of Portuguese international goalkeeper Ricardo.

Frantic finish
A frantic last 30 minutes saw Sporting twice go close again. First Mario Sergio Leal Nogueira fizzed a shot just wide after a great run, then goalscorer Muniz had a close-range stabbed effort well saved at point-blank range. Gençlerbirligi's last chance was a looping header from Ali Tandogan, which dropped just over.

Missed chances
Gençlerbirligi coach Kazim Ersun Yanal was encouraged by his team's display, saying: "We could have won this game but an individual mistake led to a different ending. We created several opportunities in the second half and I congratulate the efforts of my players for their desire to rise to the challenge. Our display was hopeful."

Santos satisfied
Meanwhile, Sporting coach Fernando Santos said: "We faced just as tough a side as we were expecting. Gençlerbirligi like to play attacking football. This is a good score for Sporting, though we were expected to win. In the return leg, the atmosphere will be different but I must repeat: it will not be easy second."

Last updated: 07/11/03 9.59CET

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Lineups

gençlerbirliği

Gençlerbirliği

sporting

Sporting

16
BotonjičDamir Botonjič (GK)
76
RicardoRicardo (GK)
3
DaemsFilip Daems
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
5
El SakaAbdel El Saka
Yellow Card77
6
HugoHugo
6
Erkan ÖzbeyErkan Özbey
Substitution54
8
BarbosaPedro Barbosa
Substitution79
8
Mustafa ÖzkanMustafa Özkan
18
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
Yellow Card53
Substitution58
11
YoulaSouleymane Youla
Substitution81
19
SilvaSilva
Yellow Card39
Substitution62
14
Ümit BozkurtÜmit Bozkurt
Yellow Card39
22
BetoBeto
22
Ali TandoğanAli Tandoğan
23
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
Yellow Card17
15
SkokoJosip Skoko
26
RochembackFábio Rochemback
25
Deniz BarışDeniz Barış
27
CustódioCustódio
Yellow Card75
30
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı
Substitution85
31
LiedsonLiedson
Goal50

Substitutes

24
Bora SevimBora Sevim (GK)
1
NélsonNélson (GK)
9
Ali CansunBegeçarslan Ali Cansun
5
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
10
NihatBasturk Nihat
11
TelloRodrigo Tello
12
MbayoMarcel Mbayo
Substitution81
16
LourençoLourenço
23
Baki MercimekBaki Mercimek
24
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
Substitution58
39
Mustafa GürselMustafa Gürsel
Substitution85
25
João PintoJoão Pinto
Substitution62
Yellow Card87
50
VeyselCihan Veysel
Substitution54
Goal55
Yellow Card66
30
ToñitoToñito
Substitution79

Coach

Ersun Yanal (TUR) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Sorin Corpodean (ROU)

Assistant referees

Marcel Savaniu (ROU), Cristian Nica (ROU)

Fourth official

Cristian Ionel Sava-gaina (ROU)

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