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Grimi pops up to seal top spot for Sporting

Published: Thursday 3 December 2009, 23.55CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-1 SC Heerenveen
Substitute Leandro Grimi's late strike earned the hosts the point they required to progress while damaging the Dutch outfit's hopes.
by Hugo Pietra
from Estádio José Alvalade

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Match statistics

SportingHeerenveen

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target13
 
7
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
2
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 3 December 2009, 23.55CET

Grimi pops up to seal top spot for Sporting

Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-1 SC Heerenveen
Substitute Leandro Grimi's late strike earned the hosts the point they required to progress while damaging the Dutch outfit's hopes.

An added-time equaliser from substitute Leandro Grimi earned Sporting Clube de Portugal a 1-1 draw against SC Heerenveen to seal their progression from UEFA Europa League Group D.

Crucial strike
Sporting started the game six points clear of their rivals in the section, but after going behind to Oussama Assaidi's strike just after the break, it looked as though the pool would be thrown wide open. However, Grimi's late effort means Sporting go through as group winners while Heerenveen need a victory in their final fixture against eliminated FK Ventspils and hope the Portuguese side defeat Hertha BSC Berlin on Matchday 6.

Confident visitors
Liedson was sharp from the off for Sporting and had his first sight of goal as early as the third minute while the visitors took longer to get into their stride before Roy Beerens shot wide. Heerenveen were becoming more confident and Michal Papadopulos headed just over before home goalkeeper Rui Patrício saved from Viktor Elm on the stroke of half-time.

Assaidi opener
The Eredivisie side soon received the reward for their industry two minutes after the break when Assaidi cut in from the left and unleashed a powerful right-foot shot that grazed the post on its way in after beating Patrício at his near post. João Moutinho and Liedson then both went close with away keeper Brian Vandenbussche making a point-blank save to deny the latter.

At the last
It looked as though the visitors' tenacity would be rewarded with three points but Liedson found Grimi in space in the 91st minute and the 24-year-old finished calmly to secure his side's place in the round of 32 draw.

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

heerenveen

Heerenveen

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
25
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
3
Bak NielsenKristian Bak Nielsen
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
4
BreuerMichel Breuer (C)
5
Pedro SilvaPedro Silva
5
DingsdagMichael Dingsdag
6
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
7
ElmViktor Elm
Yellow Card78
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
Substitution46
8
BeerensRoy Beerens
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution46
11
PapadopulosMichal Papadopulos
Substitution80
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution79
17
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
Substitution72
24
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
20
PopovGoran Popov
Yellow Card67
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho (C)
22
AssaidiOussama Assaidi
Goal47
Substitution85
31
LiedsonLiedson
Yellow Card52
23
LosadaHernán Losada

Substitutes

34
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
24
LejsalMartin Lejsal (GK)
7
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Substitution46
6
DjurićIgor Djurić
9
SaleiroCarlos Saleiro
10
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
Substitution72
11
CaicedoFelipe Caicedo
Substitution79
12
Paulo HenriquePaulo Henrique
Substitution80
13
TonelTonel
13
T. ElyounoussiTarik Elyounoussi
Substitution85
18
GrimiLeandro Grimi
Substitution46
Goal90+1
35
SibonGerald Sibon
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
37
KoningGerry Koning

Coach

Carlos Carvalhal (POR) Jan De Jonge (NED)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Tomas Kocourek (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Libor Kovařik (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

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