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Stylish Sporting triumph on Teesside

Published: Friday 11 March 2005, 0.54CET
Middlesbrough FC 2-3 Sporting CP The Portuguese visitors stay on course for a final on home turf.

Match statistics

MiddlesbroughSporting

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 11 March 2005, 0.54CET

Stylish Sporting triumph on Teesside

Middlesbrough FC 2-3 Sporting CP The Portuguese visitors stay on course for a final on home turf.

By Andrew Haslam at Riverside stadium

Sporting Clube de Portugal produced a devastating display of counterattacking football to take a significant step towards the UEFA Cup quarter-finals, although two late goals revived Middlesbrough FC's hopes.

Decisive spell
All the visitors' goals came in the first 20 minutes of the second half, with Pedro Barbosa, Liedson and Roudolphe Douala putting the Portuguese side in complete control. Goals in the last eleven minutes, from substitute Joseph-Désiré Job and Chris Riggott, gave Middlesbrough something to play for in the second leg, although Sporting remain favourites to progress and continue their quest to reach the final at their Estádio José Alvalade home.

Contrasting fortunes
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren was able to welcome back goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and Michael Reiziger after knee and ankle problems respectively, although Ray Parlour's back injury ruled him out so Stuart Parnaby came into midfield in a 3-5-2 formation and 18-year-old striker Danny Graham made his first senior start. Sporting coach José Peseiro kept centre-back Beto and winger Rodrigo Tello on the bench, while Anderson Polga and Custódio missed out altogether.

Attacking combination
The home supporters were in fine voice early on but, despite two promising bursts from Stewart Downing, it was the visitors who settled quicker. Liedson and Hugo Viana were particularly influential, and the latter had the first real chance after good work down the left from Douala but headed over.

Tactical switch
With Sporting on top, McClaren opted to switch to 4-4-2 and immediately his side looked more comfortable. Downing was the most obvious threat, and his free-kick was dropped by Ricardo under pressure from Franck Queudrue, although the Sporting goalkeeper reacted quickly to palm away from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Lucky escape
Sporting served a reminder of their danger ten minutes before half-time as Douala and Liedson almost linked up to good effect. It was the home side who came closest to a fortuitous first-half breakthrough, however, as Joseph Enakarhire sliced at Downing's cross and was relieved to see the ball fly straight at Ricardo.

Crucial strikes
McClaren replaced Reiziger with Szilárd Nemeth at the interval but the visitors again began better and took the lead within three minutes of the restart. Liedson and Douala combined to slice open the Middlesbrough defence and Pedro Barbosa raced clear to drive a low shot past Schwarzer for a crucial away goal. Four minutes later it was 2-0 as Schwarzer saved Douala's shot with his legs, but the Sporting forward retrieved possession and floated a cross towards Liedson, whose powerful header gave the goalkeeper no chance.

Clinical third
Sporting added a third just past the hour following another swift counterattack. Schwarzer again made fine saves from Hugo Viana and Liedson, but was powerless to prevent Douala touching the ball over the line to emphasise Sporting's superiority. Although Job's acrobatic late effort, from Zenden's free-kick, and Riggott's fine volley four minutes from time, roused the home supporters, the English team still have it all to do on 17 March.

Last updated: 11/03/05 10.47CET

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Lineups

middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

sporting

Sporting

1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
76
RicardoRicardo (GK)
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
Substitution46
6
HugoHugo
3
QueudrueFranck Queudrue
8
BarbosaPedro Barbosa (C)
Goal49
Substitution78
5
RiggottChris Riggott
Goal86
14
EnakarhireJoseph Enakarhire
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate (C)
17
DoualaRoudolphe Douala
Goal65
Substitution90+2
21
ParnabyStuart Parnaby
Yellow Card80
23
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
19
DowningStewart Downing
26
RochembackFábio Rochemback
20
DorivaDoriva
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
31
LiedsonLiedson
Goal53
Substitution78
18
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
37
RogérioRogério
30
GrahamDanny Graham
Substitution53
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana

Substitutes

22
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
1
NélsonNélson (GK)
23
CooperColin Cooper
5
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
29
McMahonAnthony McMahon
9
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae
31
WheaterDavid Wheater
10
Sá PintoSá Pinto
Substitution78
37
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
11
TelloRodrigo Tello
Substitution78
8
NémethSzilárd Németh
Substitution46
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
16
JobJoseph-Désiré Job
Substitution53
Goal79
22
BetoBeto
Substitution90+2

Coach

Steve McClaren (ENG) José Peseiro (POR)

Referee

Stefano Farina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Consolo (ITA), Gabriele Contini (ITA)

Fourth official

Nicola Giovanni Ayroldi (ITA)

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