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Resilient CSKA sink Sporting

Published: Thursday 19 May 2005, 0.56CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-3 PFC CSKA Moskva
The Russian side overturn a half-time deficit to lift Russia's first UEFA club competition trophy.
by Pete Sanderson
from Estádio José Alvalade
Resilient CSKA sink Sporting
CSKA rejoice at becoming the first Russian club to win a UEFA club competition ©Getty Images

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3
Yellow cards1
 
0
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Published: Thursday 19 May 2005, 0.56CET

Resilient CSKA sink Sporting

Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-3 PFC CSKA Moskva
The Russian side overturn a half-time deficit to lift Russia's first UEFA club competition trophy.

Sporting Clube de Portugal continued the unfortunate trend set by the Portuguese national team at UEFA EURO 2004 as they were defeated at home in a major showpiece after being given a cruel lesson in finishing by PFC CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Cup final.

Sporting took a deserved lead when Rogério's wonderful effort sent the home fans into ecstasy in a one-sided first half, but were then made to pay for some poor finishing as CSKA ran riot in the second period with goals from Aleksei Berezutski, Yuri Zhirkov and Vágner Love.

Sporting coach José Peseiro was characteristically positive in his selection, drafting fit-again Joseph Enakarhire into defence at the expense of Anderson Polga in an orthodox 4-4-2 formation, recalling captain Pedro Barbosa down the left and pairing top scorer Liedson with Sá Pinto in attack. CSKA coach Valeri Gazzaev also showed attacking intent, with Daniel Carvalho deployed just behind strikers Ivica Olić and Vágner Love in a 4-3-1-2 formation.

It was the home side who began brighter, setting the tone for a dominant first half in which they performed with style and panache. First Rodrigo Tello saw a shot deflected wide and before ten minutes had elapsed, Fábio Rochemback had already registered three shots on goal. It was hard to fault Sporting's swashbuckling style of play; all that was missing was composure in front of goal. Even the prolific Liedson seemed to have momentarily misplaced his predatory instincts when he mishit a shot.

CSKA somehow weathered the early Sporting storm and, as they found their feet, were a touch unlucky not to go ahead in the 14th minute. Barbosa was booked for a foul on Carvalho down the right and, from the resulting free-kick, Berezutski sent a towering header just over the bar.

All the game needed was a moment of magic, and it duly arrived after 29 minutes with a glorious goal – worthy of any final – from the golden boot of Rogério. With Sporting virtually camped in CSKA's half, the ball fell invitingly at the winger's feet on the edge of the area and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev could only watch as he thundered a stunning right-foot shot into the top corner of the CSKA net. It was a goal that Sporting richly deserved.

CSKA could have nevertheless gone into the break on level terms but Vágner Love, who was having an unusually quiet evening, somehow conspired to shoot wide with only Ricardo to beat as he met Olić's low centre.

The second half began as the first had finished with Sporting probing and CSKA persevering. Liedson was again in the thick of the action on 47 minutes when he launched himself at Barbosa's cross but failed to connect, before Rochemback grazed the bar with a stinging free-kick. It was all going too well for Sporting.

And so it proved on 56 minutes when CSKA hit them with an almighty sucker punch. The Russian side earned a free-kick in a rare foray into Sporting territory and Berezutski was on hand to nod Carvalho's pinpoint cross beyond the despairing dive of Ricardo. It was a cruel blow after Sporting's dominance but, in the few chances the Russian team had mustered, the hosts' marking was almost non-existent.

If CSKA's first goal was hard to digest, their second was a killer. With Sporting attempting to restore their lead, Carvalho broke forward and held off Enakarhire's challenge to thread an exquisite ball through to Zhirkov, and the winger slipped the ball under the body of Ricardo to give his team the advantage.

With Sporting reeling, the third and final chapter in the Russian's finishing masterclass effectively ended any chance of a Sporting recovery. Carvalho escaped down the left and picked out Vágner Love with a perfectly weighted centre and this time the Brazilian made no mistake. The goal capped a night of broken dreams in Lisbon – for all but the 2,000 travelling CSKA fans.

Watch Vágner Love's clinching third goal

Last updated: 19/02/15 13.45CET

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Lineups

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Sporting

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CSKA Moskva

76
RicardoRicardo (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
8
BarbosaPedro Barbosa (C)
Yellow Card14
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
10
Sá PintoSá Pinto
Substitution73
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
Goal56
14
EnakarhireJoseph Enakarhire
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
Substitution82
11
TelloRodrigo Tello
9
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution67
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
11
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Goal75
22
BetoBeto
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
26
RochembackFábio Rochemback
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Goal65
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution88
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
Substitution86
31
LiedsonLiedson
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
37
RogérioRogério
Goal29
Substitution80
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić

Substitutes

1
NélsonNélson (GK)
1
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
Substitution82
9
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae
Substitution73
8
GusevRolan Gusev
Substitution86
17
DoualaRoudolphe Douala
Substitution80
10
FerreyraOsmar Ferreyra
23
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution67
27
CustódioCustódio
19
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution88
40
SalughinAleksandr Salughin

Coach

José Peseiro (POR) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Graham Poll (ENG)

Assistant referees

Glenn Turner (ENG), Michael Tingey (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)

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