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Patient Metalist take sheen off Sporting win

Published: Thursday 29 March 2012, 23.20CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-1 FC Metalist Kharkiv
Marat Izmailov and Emiliano Insúa put the home side in control before Cleiton Xavier's last-gasp penalty changed the complexion of the tie.
by Chris Burke
from José Alvalade

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Match statistics

SportingMetalist

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners2
 
3
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed16
 
23
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 29 March 2012, 23.20CET

Patient Metalist take sheen off Sporting win

Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-1 FC Metalist Kharkiv
Marat Izmailov and Emiliano Insúa put the home side in control before Cleiton Xavier's last-gasp penalty changed the complexion of the tie.

Cleiton Xavier's last-gasp penalty will give FC Metalist Kharkiv renewed hope of clinching a semi-final spot after they had looked set to leave Lisbon trailing Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-0 at the halfway stage of their tie.

Unbeaten in their last ten European home games, Sporting initially struggled to cope with their lively visitors, but they had more than gained a foothold by the time Marat Izmailov stabbed in shortly after the restart. Emiliano Insúa then gave them breathing space, yet competition top scorers Metalist hit back in added time via their captain after goalkeeper Rui Patrício had brought down substitute Marko Dević in the area.

True to coach Myron Markevich's pre-match promise, the Ukrainian side made a vigorous start, pressing their opponents high up the pitch and looking to release the sprightly Jonathan Cristaldo. Boasting eight South Americans in their lineup, their passing was relentlessly clean and crisp, though they struggled to generate much end product.

Sporting relied on their more bustling qualities and Daniel Carriço forced the first save of the game when he tested Oleksandr Goryainov from distance. The same player then swept a bouncing ball beyond the far post, after former Sporting colleague Marco Torsiglieri had picked up a yellow card that rules him out of next week's decider – a fate later suffered by Torsiglieri's fellow centre-back Papa Gueye and Carriço himself.

The chance of the half went the home side's way as their confidence increased, Goryainov's misjudged punch from a Matías Fernández free-kick directing the ball to Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The Dutch forward was unable to control his shot, but Izmailov proved infinitely more clinical six minutes after the restart, sliding in Diego Capel's cross following a one-two with Insúa.

Patrício showed strong hands to deny Cristaldo as Metalist sought a response, yet it was the Lions who registered next, Insúa smashing the ball low to Goryainov's left from Stijn Schaars' short free-kick. Patrício then protected his team's gains by palming away a Taison attempt and foiling Dević at point-blank range. He was also quick off his line to thwart José Ernesto Sosa – but Metalist would not be denied a potentially vital away goal.

Last updated: 27/11/12 14.06CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

metalist

Metalist

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
29
GoryainovOlexandr Goryainov (GK)
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Yellow Card57
Substitution69
3
VillagraCristian Villagra
4
PolgaAnderson Polga (C)
6
TorsiglieriMarco Torsiglieri
Yellow Card33
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
10
Cleiton XavierCleiton Xavier (C)
Yellow Card52
Goal90+1
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
11
SosaJosé Sosa
Substitution90+3
10
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Yellow Card43
Goal51
Substitution79
19
TorresChaco Torres
11
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution71
21
CristaldoJonathan Cristaldo
Substitution65
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
22
ObradovićMilan Obradović
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
23
BlancoSebastián Blanco
Substitution77
48
InsuaEmiliano Insua
Goal64
30
GueyePapa Gueye
Yellow Card59
93
XandãoXandão
77
TaisonTaison

Substitutes

12
MarceloMarcelo (GK)
81
DišljenkovićVladimir Dišljenković (GK)
6
EvaldoEvaldo
4
BerezovchukAndriy Berezovchuk
17
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
Substitution71
5
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
18
CarrilloAndre Carrillo
Substitution79
7
ValyayevSerhiy Valyayev
Substitution90+3
28
André MartinsAndré Martins
17
PshenychnykhSerhiy Pshenychnykh
31
Renato NetoRenato Neto
Substitution69
25
MarlosMarlos
Substitution77
33
Diego RubioDiego Rubio
33
DevićMarko Dević
Substitution65

Coach

Ricardo Sá Pinto (POR) Myron Markevich (UKR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Guido Kleve (GER)

Fourth official

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Florian Meyer (GER), Deniz Aytekin (GER)

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