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Capel caps Sporting comeback against Athletic

Published: Thursday 19 April 2012, 23.07CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-1 Athletic Club
Spaniard Diego Capel struck an 80th-minute clincher as the hosts came from behind to claim the first-leg win that their purpose and endeavour merited.
by Graham Hunter
from Estádio José Alvalade

Match statistics

SportingAthletic

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
5
Corners4
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 19 April 2012, 23.07CET

Capel caps Sporting comeback against Athletic

Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-1 Athletic Club
Spaniard Diego Capel struck an 80th-minute clincher as the hosts came from behind to claim the first-leg win that their purpose and endeavour merited.

Sporting Clube de Portugal turned adversity into triumph in the space of four second-half minutes as Emiliano Insúa's header and a stunning Diego Capel effort earned a 2-1 first leg victory over Athletic Club.

The Portuguese will head to Bilbao's San Mamés fortress next week confident that they have a platform on which to build one last push towards the UEFA Europa League final in Bucharest. For a while their plans looked awry as a positive first-half performance was forgotten when Jon Aurtenetxe volleyed in nine minutes after the restart; Insúa and Capel changed all that.

They earned a victory that had looked likely in the opening stages, when Sporting seemed turbo charged. They won every race, every loose ball, and their neat combination play brought roars of approval from the José Alvalade crowd. Insúa soon cracked in the first of his multitude of efforts on goal and Ricky van Wolfswinkel's turn and volley wide were not fitting of a striker with five goals in the tournament to his name this term.

Athletic made it to the last four thanks to a thrilling campaign featuring 15 goals away from home and Fernando Llorente gave fair warning another was on the menu with a header narrowly over. But it was the pace of André Martins down the middle and Insúa's relentless galloping down the left which were impressing.

Athletic's struggles to contain the home side led to a booking for Óscar de Marcos which means he misses the second leg, though Sporting's Marat Izmailov would suffer the same fate. João Pereira cracked the outside of the post, Van Wolfswinkel edged a firm drive just wide and the stadium bounced until the opening goal made them turn to stone.

The perpetual premium for profligacy is shipping one in at the other end and so it proved as Markel Susaeta's free-kick skidded off Insúa's attempted clearance and landed perfectly for Aurtenetxe to volley in. Fernando Amorebieta then hit the post from point-blank range – Sporting's luck changed radically.

Justice for the tireless Insúa came in the shape of his instinctive header with 14 minutes left and from parity Sporting found confidence. Ironically it was a Spaniard, Capel, who put a final dampener on Athletic's promising evening when he thrashed a shot from outside the box past Gorka Iraizoz to delirious acclaim.

Last updated: 25/09/14 5.27CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

athletic

Athletic

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Substitution68
3
AurtenetxeJon Aurtenetxe
Goal54
4
PolgaAnderson Polga (C)
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
8
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
Yellow Card29
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Yellow Card86
Substitution87
10
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Yellow Card61
10
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
Yellow Card11
11
CapelDiego Capel
Goal80
Substitution84
14
SusaetaMarkel Susaeta
Substitution83
28
André MartinsAndré Martins
Substitution76
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola (C)
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Yellow Card67
19
MuniainIker Muniain
48
InsuaEmiliano Insua
Goal76
21
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Substitution73
93
XandãoXandão
23
EkizaBorja Ekiza

Substitutes

12
MarceloMarcelo (GK)
13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
5
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
Substitution87
6
EvaldoEvaldo
6
San JoséMikel San José
Substitution73
18
CarrilloAndré Carrillo
Substitution68
11
GabilondoIgor Gabilondo
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
Substitution84
12
KoikiliKoikili
31
Renato NetoRenato Neto
28
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
Substitution83
33
Diego RubioDiego Rubio
Substitution76
31
RamalhoJonás Ramalho

Coach

Ricardo Sá Pinto (POR) Marcelo Bielsa (ARG)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Mathias Klasenius (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE), Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

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