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Hertha bask in victory glow

Published: Wednesday 16 December 2009, 22.30CET
Hertha BSC Berlin 1-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal
The Bundesliga strugglers warmed their fans in the wintry German capital by progressing to the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
by Ian Holyman
from Olympiastadion

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Match statistics

HerthaSporting

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
7
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed2
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 16 December 2009, 22.30CET

Hertha bask in victory glow

Hertha BSC Berlin 1-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal
The Bundesliga strugglers warmed their fans in the wintry German capital by progressing to the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Hertha BSC Berlin gave their fans a warm glow in the wintry German capital by beating Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 to progress to the UEFA Europa League knockout stages.

Winter warmer
Given their superior head-to-head record against SC Heerenveen, Hertha knew a point would be enough to see them join Group D winners Sporting in the round of 32. However, the Bundesliga's basement side again belied their miserable domestic form thanks to Gojko Kačar's 70th-minute goal at an Olympiastadion frosted with the first snowfall of winter.

Cautious start
Whether from a desire to drive their side on or simply a need to keep warm on a bitterly cold evening, the Hertha fans provided boisterous backing from kick-off. Their team, though, made a cautious start, and Christoph Janker – in at centre-back for injured captain Arne Friedrich – twice had to move smartly to cut out promising balls destined for Carlos Saleiro.

Izmailov chance
Hertha, though, eventually warmed to their task. Cícero narrowly failed to connect with Artur Wichniarek's intelligent knock down in front of goal before Kačar twice tested Rui Patrício. The hosts' growing confidence should have taken a blow just before the break when Bruno Pereirinha's penetrating burst and perceptive pass deserved better than to see the unmarked Marat Izmailov skew a close-range shot high over the bar.

Corner lesson
Hertha's enterprise would finally pay off with 20 minutes left. Sporting's failure to fully clear a corner had seen Rui Patrício's outstretched leg turn behind a well-struck Adrián Ramos shot, and from the resulting set-piece the visitors proved they had not learned their lesson. Another half-clearance allowed Łukasz Piszczek to cross and Kačar bundled the ball into the net from close range. Jaroslav Drobný's sharp reflex save from Saleiro's shot in the closing stages ensured Heerenveen's 5-0 defeat of FK Ventspils was in vain.

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Lineups

hertha

Hertha

sporting

Sporting

1
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (GK) (C)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Yellow Card42
5
PejčinovićNemanja Pejčinović
5
Pedro SilvaPedro Silva
Substitution67
6
JankerChristoph Janker
6
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
7
CíceroCícero
7
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Substitution46
9
RamosAdrián Ramos
9
SaleiroCarlos Saleiro
Yellow Card82
18
WichniarekArtur Wichniarek
Substitution69
13
TonelTonel
25
NicuMaximilian Nicu
Substitution90+2
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
18
GrimiLeandro Grimi
28
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
44
KačarGojko Kačar
Goal70
Yellow Card71
Substitution86
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho (C)
Substitution73

Substitutes

40
BurchertSascha Burchert (GK)
16
TiagoTiago (GK)
2
KakáKaká
Substitution90+2
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
11
KringeFlorian Kringe
Substitution86
10
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Substitution46
23
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution69
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
29
BigalkeSascha Bigalke
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
31
PerdedajFanol Perdedaj
24
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Substitution73
35
Radjabali FardiShervin Radjabali Fardi
78
AbelAbel
Substitution67

Coach

Friedhelm Funkel (GER) Carlos Carvalhal (POR)

Referee

Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

Assistant referees

Viachaslau Bykov (BLR), Stanislav Savitski (BLR)

Fourth official

Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

Additional assistant referees

Valeri Velichko (BLR), Vitali Sevostyanik (BLR)

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