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Xandão gives Sporting slight edge on City

Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 20.55CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 Manchester City FC
Xandão's inspired back-heel settled a tight contest as the hosts seized a narrow first-leg advantage against the Premier League leaders.
by Chris Burke
from José Alvalade

Match statistics

SportingMan. City

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners4
 
6
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed14
 
9
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 20.55CET

Xandão gives Sporting slight edge on City

Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 Manchester City FC
Xandão's inspired back-heel settled a tight contest as the hosts seized a narrow first-leg advantage against the Premier League leaders.

Sporting Clube de Portugal gave Manchester City FC a chastening welcome back to Portuguese soil as Xandão secured a 1-0 first-leg victory against the Premier League leaders.

Drafted in to replace the injured Oguchi Onyewu, centre-back Xandão broke the deadlock with an inspired back-heel shortly after half-time. Triumphant after falling behind at FC Porto in the previous round, City were unable to turn their situation around this time and will require a more clinical edge at home next Thursday to reach the quarter-finals.

Stijn Schaars gave Roberto Mancini's men their first fright with an attempt from distance that sailed wide, but it was the more tangible blow of losing Vincent Kompany to a calf injury that disrupted their early rhythm. The damage was nearly compounded by João Pereira testing Joe Hart while Joleon Lescott was waiting to come on, and it took Kolo Touré's downward header from a James Milner cross to announce City's presence, Rui Patrício saving with his legs.

Gareth Barry then curled centimetres wide following a corner, but it was Sporting who had more purpose, and Matías Fernández threatened to strike after a jinking run close to the interval. Nigel de Jong blocked his effort, before Sergio Agüero had the last word of the half with a header clutched by Patrício.

If Sporting lacked a goal for their hard work, they corrected that flaw six minutes after the restart. Fernández's free-kick was parried by the sprawling Hart and the England goalkeeper then denied Xandão at point-blank range, but the defender was not finished yet and scooped a clever back-heel inside the near post.

Aleksandar Kolarov came close to levelling with a long-range shot that barely missed the target, yet City's determination to respond left them vulnerable at the back. Indeed, Ricky van Wolfswinkel perhaps ought to have scored after being fed by Emiliano Insúa in front of goal; instead, Hart gratefully snaffled the ball.

The game was opening up and Kolarov grazed the woodwork with a cross, before Agüero slid the ball wide from substitute Mario Balotelli's audacious centre. Balotelli then headed a corner against the bar and Xandão blocked a goalbound Agüero effort, but Sporting held onto their first-leg advantage.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.30CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

man. city

Man. City

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
Substitution12
4
PolgaAnderson Polga (C)
Yellow Card78
7
MilnerJames Milner
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution71
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Yellow Card90+4
10
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution59
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution75
18
BarryGareth Barry
Substitution59
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
Substitution69
21
SilvaDavid Silva
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Yellow Card81
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
48
InsuaEmiliano Insua
28
K. TouréKolo Touré
93
XandãoXandão
Goal51
34
N. De JongNigel de Jong
Yellow Card45+1

Substitutes

12
MarceloMarcelo (GK)
30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
2
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
Substitution12
6
EvaldoEvaldo
8
PizarroDavid Pizarro
18
CarrilloAndré Carrillo
Substitution75
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
Substitution59
15
SavićStefan Savić
31
Renato NetoRenato Neto
Substitution69
Yellow Card84
19
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution59
33
Diego RubioDiego Rubio
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Substitution71

Coach

Ricardo Sá Pinto (POR) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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