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Barbosa seals Sporting place

Published: Friday 18 March 2005, 0.19CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 Middlesbrough FC
(agg: 4-2)
Pedro Barbosa's goal sees Sporting through.

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Published: Friday 18 March 2005, 0.19CET

Barbosa seals Sporting place

Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 Middlesbrough FC
(agg: 4-2)
Pedro Barbosa's goal sees Sporting through.

Sporting Clube de Portugal survived some nervous moments in the Estádio José Alvalade and then scored in the final minute through Pedro Barbosa to secure their passage into the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

Injury blow
Middlesbrough FC strove valiantly to get back on terms after losing the home leg 3-2 but the task proved beyond them. The visitors had to look for goals while also being aware that to concede in Lisbon would almost certainly signal their exit. It did not help that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink picked up an injury in training to join fellow forward Mark Viduka on the sidelines.

Missed chances
With a host of other absentees severely restricting his options, manager Steve McClaren opted to pair Joseph-Désiré Job in attack with Szilárd Nemeth. The duo were lively all night but will look back on a couple of missed opportunities that could have made all the difference.

Douala on bench
Seizing the initiative and encouraged by Sporting's decision to leave pacy Cameroonian forward Roudolphe Douala on the bench, Middlesbrough carved out a great chance in the 16th minute. Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer launched a massive clearance and Job did well to bring it under control, just getting the touch to nick the ball away from Ricardo. Support was offered by Nemeth and although the Slovakian kept his shot on target, Rui Jorge was able to clear off the line.

Hugo off
The home team had a good spell before half-time, coinciding with Douala's introduction for the limping Hugo. After a dangerous break Chris Riggott did well to block Liedson's attempt. The move continued and Hugo Viana powered in a shot which was parried.

Ricardo involved
A goal before the break would have boosted the visitors' hopes and they almost grabbed it as Ricardo showed both sides of his game. The goalkeeper first failed to deal with Stewart Downing's cross but when the ball spilled out to Stuart Parnaby, Ricardo then produced a strong hand to keep out the youngster's firm drive.

Job despair
The game's clearest opportunity arrived five minutes after half-time when another Ricardo mistake left his team badly exposed. His attempted clearance went only as far as Nemeth but as he squared the ball into Job's path he applied too much weight to the pass and the Cameroonian could only jab it wide.

Liedson close
Knowing that Middlesbrough needed to score twice, Sporting were content to continue with their cautious approach. Their supporters were not happy with their inability to follow up their first-leg goal-spree although they did create chances in the second half with Liedson lofting over the bar.

Still hope
Middlesbrough kept pressing and threw on 19-year-old striker Danny Graham in a bid to continue their first-ever European adventure. It was Sporting however, who had the most penetration late on with Schwarzer forced into a desperate save after Gareth Southgate had deflected a cross towards his goal.

Final blow
Schwarzer then kept out a Viana free-kick but was left helpless as Barbosa, who scored the first goal in the first leg, turned in a Douala cross.

Last updated: 18/03/05 9.39CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

76
RicardoRicardo (GK)
1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
6
HugoHugo
Substitution33
29
McMahonAnthony McMahon
Substitution66
14
EnakarhireJoseph Enakarhire
5
RiggottChris Riggott
8
BarbosaPedro Barbosa (C)
Goal89
Substitution90+3
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate (C)
23
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
3
QueudrueFranck Queudrue
22
BetoBeto
19
DowningStewart Downing
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
20
DorivaDoriva
Substitution78
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
21
ParnabyStuart Parnaby
Substitution89
31
LiedsonLiedson
Substitution89
16
JobJoseph-Désiré Job
37
RogérioRogério
8
NémethSzilárd Németh
10
Sá PintoSá Pinto
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden

Substitutes

1
NélsonNélson (GK)
22
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
5
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
23
CooperColin Cooper
9
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae
Yellow Card87
Substitution89
31
WheaterDavid Wheater
Substitution89
11
TelloRodrigo Tello
28
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
Substitution90+3
34
KennedyJason Kennedy
18
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
37
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution78
17
DoualaRoudolphe Douala
Substitution33
30
GrahamDanny Graham
Substitution66

Coach

José Peseiro (POR) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Eric Poulat (FRA)

Assistant referees

Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Nelly Viennot (FRA)

Fourth official

Dominique Fraise (FRA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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