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Vukčević gives Sporting the edge

Published: Friday 7 March 2008, 0.05CET
Bolton Wanderers FC 1-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal Simon Vukčević's equaliser handed the initiative to Sporting ahead of next Thursday's decider in Lisbon.

Match statistics

BoltonSporting

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners5
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 7 March 2008, 0.05CET

Vukčević gives Sporting the edge

Bolton Wanderers FC 1-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal Simon Vukčević's equaliser handed the initiative to Sporting ahead of next Thursday's decider in Lisbon.

Simon Vukčević scored a 69th-minute equaliser at Bolton Wanderers FC to wrest the initiative for Sporting Club de Portugal in this UEFA Cup Round of 16 meeting.

Away-day special
Bolton, who had opened the scoring through Gavin McCann after 25 minutes, remain unbeaten at home in European competition but will have to conjure another of their away-day specials to avoid elimination. The English club have already beaten FK Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade and drawn at FC Bayern München and Club Atlético de Madrid, while Sporting's lone European reverse in Lisbon this term was at the hands of an English club – Manchester United FC in the UEFA Champions League back in September.

Early blow
Bolton suffered a blow before the match started when No1 goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen suffered an injury in the warm-up. That handed Oman international Ali Al-Habsi only his fifth appearance since joining in January 2006. Gary Megson's side shook off that setback, though, to take the lead in the 25th minute. Having collected a flick-on from a long free-kick, Heidar Helguson picked out Matt Taylor with a lay-off to his right, and after the former Portsmouth FC man's shot was blocked, McCann side-footed in.

Woodwork
In a half short of opportunities, João Moutinho curled Sporting's best opening on to the roof of the net, while Taylor later fizzed a right-foot shot narrowly wide after Tonel had blocked an attempted through ball from Nicky Hunt. The woodwork then prevented Bolton from doubling their advantage seven minutes into the second half, Helguson denied having got his head to a Kevin Davies flick-on. But Bolton then began to sit back as they looked to protect their lead and they paid the price in the 69th minute. With substitute Leandro Romagnoli having just fired against the bar, Vukčević beat Al-Habsi with a neat finish – meaning advantage Sporting with next Thursday's return to come.

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Lineups

bolton

Bolton

sporting

Sporting

26
Al-HabsiAli Al-Habsi (GK)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
2
HuntNicky Hunt
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
8
Iván CampoIván Campo
Substitution84
7
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Substitution85
9
H. HelgusonHeidar Helguson
Substitution55
10
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Goal69
11
GardnerRicardo Gardner
13
TonelTonel
14
DaviesKevin Davies
18
GrimiLeandro Grimi
Yellow Card82
19
McCannGavin McCann
Goal25
Yellow Card55
22
Rodrigo TiuíRodrigo Tiuí
Substitution75
24
O'BrienJoey O'Brien
Yellow Card21
Substitution71
24
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
31
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien (C)
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
32
TaylorMatthew Taylor
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho (C)
33
CahillGary Cahill
78
AbelAbel
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
WalkerIan Walker (GK)
34
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
3
SamuelJlloyd Samuel
2
Pedro SilvaPedro Silva
5
MéïtéAbdoulaye Méïté
6
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
Substitution75
7
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
Substitution55
9
PurovićMilan Purović
16
TeymourianAndranik Teymourian
Substitution84
21
FarnerudPontus Farnerud
17
GuthrieDaniel Guthrie
Substitution71
26
GladstoneGladstone
Substitution85
20
Ricardo Vaz TéRicardo Vaz Té
30
RomagnoliLeandro Romagnoli
Substitution46

Coach

Gary Megson (ENG) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shmuel Shteif (ISR), Danny Krasikow (ISR)

Fourth official

Eytan Tabrezashi (ISR)

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