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Sporting start too fast for Zürich

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 21.15CET
FC Zürich 0-2 Sporting Clube de Portugal
The Portuguese visitors inflicted the damage inside the opening 21 minutes and later rode their luck to make a winning start to Group D.
by Steven Rogers
from Stadion Letzigrund

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Match statistics

ZürichSporting

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners4
 
6
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed24
 
15
Yellow cards6
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group D

PPts
1Sporting Clube de Portugal Sporting13
2FC Vaslui Vaslui11
3S.S. Lazio Lazio11
4FC Zürich Zürich10
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 21.15CET

Sporting start too fast for Zürich

FC Zürich 0-2 Sporting Clube de Portugal
The Portuguese visitors inflicted the damage inside the opening 21 minutes and later rode their luck to make a winning start to Group D.

Goals from Emiliano Insúa and Ricky van Wolfswinkel ensured Sporting Clube de Portugal's UEFA Europa League Group D campaign got off to a flyer at FC Zürich's expense.

Zürich were made to pay for allowing Insúa too much space in the fourth minute as the former Liverpool FC defender headed in Stijn Schaars' free-kick. The Argentinian then turned provider midway through the first half when his cross was met emphatically by Van Wolfswinkel. Despite hitting the woodwork three times, Urs Fischer's charges never convinced that a fightback was on the cards.

The Lions' lead arrived when Schaars' floated set piece found Insúa unmarked and the 22-year-old glanced a deft header past Johnny Leoni. The hosts almost levelled in the 17th minute, however, Ricardo Rodriguez latching on to Oliver Buff's lay-off from an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area and crashing a shot against Rui Patrício's left upright.

Zürich were soon on the back foot again as Leoni was required to keep out another Schaars free-kick and Diego Capel's stinging follow-up. The warning signs were there and Sporting duly emphasised their dominance on 21 minutes, Van Wolfswinkel connecting with Insúa's whipped cross from the left and smashing past Leoni.

Despite half-chances for Yassine Chikhaoui and Milan Gajić, the Swiss side were struggling to cope with their visitors' superior passing and movement. They nevertheless should have halved their arrears soon after the interval, Admir Mehmedi doing all the hard work and advancing into the penalty area only to see his effort come back off the woodwork.

Rodriguez's curling free-kick also hit the frame of the goal with 14 minutes remaining, while Sporting were later left grateful for a last-ditch Oguchi Onyewu tackle.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.22CET

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Lineups

zürich

Zürich

sporting

Sporting

1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK) (C)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
2
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
Yellow Card63
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
3
RodriguezRicardo Rodriguez
5
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
4
R. KochRaphael Koch
Yellow Card78
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
Yellow Card58
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
Goal21
Yellow Card54
Substitution65
15
BuffOliver Buff
Substitution67
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution74
17
ChikhaouiYassine Chikhaoui
Substitution59
18
CarrilloAndre Carrillo
Substitution59
20
GajićMilan Gajić
Yellow Card71
21
RinaudoFabián Rinaudo
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Yellow Card40
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
Yellow Card37
Substitution46
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira (C)
28
BédaMathieu Béda
48
InsuaEmiliano Insua
Goal4

Substitutes

32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
12
MarceloMarcelo (GK)
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Substitution67
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
9
ChermitiAmine Chermiti
Substitution59
6
EvaldoEvaldo
Substitution74
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution46
7
BozhinovValeri Bozhinov
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
26
André SantosAndré Santos
Substitution59
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
28
André MartinsAndré Martins
23
MagninLudovic Magnin
33
Diego RubioDiego Rubio
Substitution65

Coach

Urs Fischer (SUI) Domingos Paciência (POR)

Referee

Pol van Boekel (NED)

Assistant referees

Angelo Boonman (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)

Fourth official

Jeroen Sanders (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Richard Liesveld (NED), Tom van Sichem (NED)

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