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Advantage Sporting following late Fernández strike

Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 22.50CET
Rangers FC 1-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal
Steven Whittaker looked to have given the hosts the edge but Matías Fernández struck in the penultimate minute to hand Sporting the initiative.
by Ryan Taylor
from Ibrox Stadium

Match statistics

RangersSporting

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
10
Corners5
 
3
Offsides9
 
5
Fouls committed7
 
13
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 February 2011, 22.50CET

Advantage Sporting following late Fernández strike

Rangers FC 1-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal
Steven Whittaker looked to have given the hosts the edge but Matías Fernández struck in the penultimate minute to hand Sporting the initiative.

Matías Fernández's late goal secured a 1-1 draw for Sporting Clube de Portugal in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg at Rangers FC.

A second-half Steven Whittaker header put the Scottish club ahead after both sides had squandered a host of chances. However, Fernández struck with only a minute remaining to give the Portuguese side a valuable away goal.

Opportunities were scarce in a cautious opening period. Madjid Bougherra's long-range effort was easily dealt with by Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patrício, before Maniche seized on a poor clearance from Allan McGregor, only to drag his shot wide.

The vociferous Ibrox crowd were almost silenced when Hélder Postiga attempted an audacious 35-metre lob which flew just over McGregor's goal. Vladimír Weiss stirred Rangers into life midway through the first half with a darting run from the left but his intended recipient, El Hadji Diouf, failed to read the incisive pass.

Sporting, however, showed the greater poise in attack and were unfortunate not to take the lead when Postiga drilled low across McGregor's far post. Rangers began the second half with renewed vigour and ought to have taken the lead only 14 seconds after the restart when a deft Kyle Lafferty header released Whittaker, but his shot was well stopped by Rui Patrício.

Cristiano went close with an effort from distance that just evaded McGregor's near post, however the visitors were dealt a blow when captain Daniel Carriço was shown a yellow card for a foul on Weiss, ruling him out of the decider.

Rangers' pressure finally paid dividends when a Weiss corner found Whittaker, who rose above former Ibrox favourite Pedro Mendes to power in his header, but Fernández ensured Sporting go into next week's return in pole position by nodding precisely across McGregor from João Pereira's centre.

Last updated: 26/09/14 6.41CET

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Lineups

rangers

Rangers

sporting

Sporting

1
A. McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço (C)
Yellow Card62
5
PapacSaša Papac
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
7
EduMaurice Edu
5
EvaldoEvaldo
8
DavisSteven Davis
6
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
11
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Yellow Card82
8
ManicheManiche
Substitution77
12
FosterRichard Foster
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
Yellow Card50
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
Goal66
21
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
17
DioufEl Hadji Diouf
Yellow Card45+1
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution86
20
WeissVladimír Weiss
Yellow Card74
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra
Yellow Card39
80
CristianoCristiano
Substitution74

Substitutes

25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
16
TiagoTiago (GK)
10
FleckJohn Fleck
9
SaleiroCarlos Saleiro
Substitution74
14
S. NaismithSteven Naismith
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution77
Goal89
15
HealyDavid Healy
26
André SantosAndré Santos
21
BartleyKyle Bartley
33
Diogo SalomãoDiogo Salomão
Substitution86
39
WyldeGregg Wylde
44
Nuno André CoelhoNuno André Coelho
41
HuttonKyle Hutton
77
VukčevićSimon Vukčević

Coach

Walter Smith (SCO) Paulo Sérgio (POR)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Tobias Welz (GER)

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