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Fernández free-kick edges Sporting past Legia

Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 23.02CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 Legia Warszawa (agg: 3-2)
Matías Fernández struck late on in a game of few opportunities as Sporting set up an attractive last-16 tie against Manchester City FC.
Fernández free-kick edges Sporting past Legia
Matías Fernández (No14) is congratulated on his late free-kick which broke the deadlock ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SportingLegia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
5
Corners1
 
5
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
29
Yellow cards5
 
6
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 23 February 2012, 23.02CET

Fernández free-kick edges Sporting past Legia

Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 Legia Warszawa (agg: 3-2)
Matías Fernández struck late on in a game of few opportunities as Sporting set up an attractive last-16 tie against Manchester City FC.

A late free-kick from Matías Fernández eased Sporting Clube de Portugal's nerves as the Lions completed a 3-2 aggregate victory over Legia Warszawa in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

A week after the teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw – in which Sporting twice came from behind – the second leg seemed destined to end goalless until Fernández delivered a ball which evaded everybody on its way past Dušan Kuciak. The 2005 runners-up's reward is a last-16 tie against Manchester City FC, who accounted for Sporting's domestic rivals, FC Porto, on Wednesday.

In a first half where openings were scarce, Legia's Danijel Ljuboja, having muscled between Alberto Rodríguez and Anderson Polga, headed the best one wide following a punt downfield. A few minutes earlier, Kuciak was fortunate his failure to gather another Fernández set piece amounted to nothing more than Emiliano Insúa lashing the loose ball across goal.

Sporting, holding the away-goals advantage, were content to bide their time, with Legia equally so, even if three blanks in their previous four matches hardly augured well for the noisy cohort of visiting supporters housed in one corner of the Estádio José Alvalade.

In the lively Andre Carrillo, the Lions had a player who looked capable of breaking the stalemate, however, and from one of the Sporting forward's early second-half advances only the covering Michał Żewłakow cleared the danger as Stijn Schaars shaped to shoot.

With Oguchi Onyewu injured, Sporting coach Ricardo Sá Pinto will have winced when Rodríguez, another centre-back, was carried off and replaced by Xandão, on his 24th birthday, 19 minutes from time. Fernández's 84th-minute strike gave him something to smile about, even if Rafał Wolski would have levelled on the night had it not been for the legs of Rui Patrício.

Last updated: 25/02/12 0.08CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

legia

Legia

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
12
KuciakDušan Kuciak (GK)
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
Substitution71
2
JędrzejczykArtur Jędrzejczyk
Yellow Card90+4
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Yellow Card89
5
GolJanusz Gol
Yellow Card58
Substitution87
4
PolgaAnderson Polga (C)
6
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
Yellow Card10
14
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
Yellow Card35
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
17
KomorowskiMarcin Komorowski
10
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Substitution77
21
VrdoljakIvica Vrdoljak (C)
Yellow Card85
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Goal84
25
RzeźniczakJakub Rzeźniczak
Substitution69
18
CarrilloAndre Carrillo
Yellow Card38
Substitution70
28
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Yellow Card59
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Yellow Card77
31
RybusMaciej Rybus
Yellow Card57
48
InsuaEmiliano Insua
33
ŻyroMichał Żyro
Substitution58

Substitutes

12
MarceloMarcelo (GK)
84
SkabaWojciech Skaba (GK)
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution70
Yellow Card90+5
7
HubníkMichael Hubník
Substitution87
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
Substitution77
11
KiełbowiczTomasz Kiełbowicz
26
André SantosAndré Santos
15
Iñaki AstizIñaki Astiz
31
Renato NetoRenato Neto
18
KucharczykMichał Kucharczyk
Substitution58
32
RibasSebastian Ribas
27
WolskiRafał Wolski
Substitution69
93
XandãoXandão
Substitution71
38
ŻurekBartosz Żurek

Coach

Ricardo Sá Pinto (POR) Maciej Skorża (POL)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS), Vitali Meshkov (RUS)

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