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Misimović shows Portsmouth no mercy

Published: Thursday 4 December 2008, 23.34CET
VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 Portsmouth FC
Zvjezdan Misimović delivered the decisive blow as Felix Magath's men earned their passage to the knockout stage and Portsmouth crashed out.
Misimović shows Portsmouth no mercy
Zvjezdan Misimović scored the winner against Portsmouth ©Getty Images

Match statistics

WolfsburgPortsmouth

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
1
Corners9
 
1
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 4 December 2008, 23.34CET

Misimović shows Portsmouth no mercy

VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 Portsmouth FC
Zvjezdan Misimović delivered the decisive blow as Felix Magath's men earned their passage to the knockout stage and Portsmouth crashed out.

Zvjezdan Misimović took full advantage of a momentary lapse by Portsmouth FC goalkeeper David James as VfL Wolfsburg sealed their place in the UEFA Cup Round of 32 at the English side's expense.

Premature end
The Bosnia-Herzegovnian international dispossessed the goalkeeper when James attempted to dribble the ball around him near the penalty spot to put Wolfsburg 3-2 up after 74 minutes. Although the custodian made some amends by denying the same player from the penalty spot five minutes later, the die was cast, with Portsmouth's maiden European campaign being brought to a premature end.

Tit for tat
Wolfsburg went ahead in the third minute when Christian Gentner showed neat skill on the right and crossed low for Edin Džeko to flick home from close range. The visitors equalised after eleven minutes, however, as Armand Traoré surged down the left and clipped in a cross that goalkeeper Diego Benaglio could palm only to Jermain Defoe, whose scuffed effort crept over the line.

Lucky cross
Amazingly, Tony Adams's men took the lead three minutes later when Arnold Mvuemba placed a shot into the corner of the net from 18 metres with the help of a deflection. However, the match was level again in the 23rd minute, with Gentner's low centre from the left evading everybody and going straight into the net, though there was still time for James to save from Misimović before the break.

Fateful moment
Niko Kranjčar came close to restoring Portsmouth's advantage as his free-kick thudded into the crossbar, yet James handed Wolfsburg their third goal, and though he kept out Misimović's spot-kick after Sol Campbell's foul on Džeko, SC Braga's win at SC Heerenveen ensured that Pompey's Matchday 5 game against the Dutch club will be a dead rubber.

Last updated: 05/12/08 12.43CET

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Lineups

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

portsmouth

Portsmouth

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
1
JamesDavid James (GK)
2
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo
Substitution36
5
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
Yellow Card90+1
23
CampbellSol Campbell (C)
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
15
DistinSylvain Distin
7
JosuéJosué (C)
39
BelhadjNadir Belhadj
Substitution46
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
Goal3
18
MvuembaArnold Mvuemba
Goal14
Substitution66
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
Goal74
Penalty80
28
DavisSean Davis
20
RietherSascha Riether
Substitution46
22
HughesRichard Hughes
24
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
Substitution88
30
TraoréArmand Traoré
25
GentnerChristian Gentner
Goal23
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution77
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
14
DefoeJermain Defoe
Goal11
Yellow Card29

Substitutes

12
LenzAndré Lenz (GK)
21
AshdownJamie Ashdown (GK)
3
Rodrigo AlvimRodrigo Alvim
7
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
6
ŠimůnekJan Šimůnek
Substitution88
8
DiopPapa Bouba Diop
13
HasebeMakoto Hasebe
Substitution36
9
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution66
16
SağlıkMahir Sağlık
16
PamarotNoë Pamarot
Substitution46
Yellow Card90
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
Substitution46
25
LittleGlen Little
18
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
27
KanuNwankwo Kanu
Substitution77

Coach

Felix Magath (GER) Tony Adams (ENG)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Tomislav Setka (CRO)

Fourth official

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

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