The official website for European football

Everton eke out narrow advantage

Published: Tuesday 16 February 2010, 20.30CET
Everton 2-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal
Steven Pienaar and Sylvain Distin put the home side in control although Miguel Veloso's late penalty gave Sporting hope.
by Simon Hart
from Goodison Park

This content is streamed in such a way that it is protected and available only in a Flash format. Your device seems not to be compatible with our Flash video player.

Match statistics

EvertonSporting

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target15
 
12
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed8
 
14
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 16 February 2010, 20.30CET

Everton eke out narrow advantage

Everton 2-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal
Steven Pienaar and Sylvain Distin put the home side in control although Miguel Veloso's late penalty gave Sporting hope.

Sporting Clube de Portugal have never lost a two-legged tie against English opposition and they will return to Lisbon for the second instalment of this UEFA Europa League last-32 contest with their hopes alive after a Miguel Veloso's late penalty in a narrow defeat at Everton.

The home team looked to have put themselves in a strong position through goals from Steven Pienaar and Sylvain Distin but the latter's slip opened the door for Sporting to halve the deficit with three minutes remaining. After miscontrolling Jack Rodwell's pass and losing the ball to Liedson, Distin brought the striker down in the box to hand Sporting their lifeline – and earn himself a red card.

Everton lost by a 7-0 aggregate to Sporting's city rivals, SL Benfica, in the group stage but they are a stronger proposition now and almost made an early breakthrough in the 12th minute when Louis Saha got clear after a headed one-two with Tim Cahill but Rui Patrício was equal to his shot and then stopped Leon Osman's follow-up.

Just after the half-hour Donovan sprang the offside trap but failed to get his lob on target. Everton's next foray provided the breakthrough, however. Phil Neville slipped a pass through to Cahill who, breaking inside the area, back-heeled the ball for Pienaar to drive high into the roof of the net.

Sporting have endured a miserable run in Portugal recently – with four defeats in five – but had their own chances before the break. Pedro Mendes forced two saves from Tim Howard before Marat Izmailov drove a shot against the near post.

Instead Everton doubled their lead four minutes after the restart as Rui Patrício, under pressure from Cahill, missed Leighton Baines' corner and the ball rolled in off Distin's knee. It took a fine Leon Osman interception to deny Carlos Saleiro a clear chance as Sporting pressed for a way back into the tie but after Rui Patrício had kept out Everton substitute Ayegbeni Yakubu's shot, Distin's mistake presented the visitors with the goal that gives them hope.

Last updated: 27/11/12 7.29CET

Related information

Player profiles
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Member associations
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Team profiles
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2010/matches/round=2000038/match=2000921/postmatch/report/index.html#everton+narrow+lead

Lineups

everton

Everton

sporting

Sporting

24
HowardTim Howard (GK)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
3
BainesLeighton Baines
2
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
4
YoboJoseph Yobo
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Yellow Card74
8
SahaLouis Saha
Substitution83
7
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
9
DonovanLandon Donovan
13
TonelTonel
10
ArtetaMikel Arteta
Substitution78
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution67
15
DistinSylvain Distin
Goal49
Red Card86
18
GrimiLeandro Grimi
17
CahillTim Cahill
Substitution62
24
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Goal87
18
P. NevillePhil Neville (C)
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho (C)
Yellow Card54
Substitution67
20
PienaarSteven Pienaar
Goal35
31
LiedsonLiedson
21
OsmanLeon Osman
78
AbelAbel

Substitutes

1
NashCarlo Nash (GK)
16
TiagoTiago (GK)
7
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
Substitution83
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
14
VaughanJames Vaughan
6
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
19
GoslingDan Gosling
9
SaleiroCarlos Saleiro
Substitution67
22
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Substitution62
10
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
26
RodwellJack Rodwell
Substitution78
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
Substitution67
31
ColemanSeamus Coleman
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha

Coach

David Moyes (SCO) Carlos Carvalhal (POR)

Referee

Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Assistant referees

Milan Kogej (SVN), Andrej Kokolj (SVN)

Fourth official

Boris Toseski (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Matej Jug (SVN), Dragoslav Perič (SVN)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE word, the UEFA Europa League logo and the UEFA Europa League trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.