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Live - Uefa Cup

Thursday, 16 April 2009


Getafe 3-3 Bayern Munich (agg: 4-4)
Bayern win on away goals
PSV 0-2 Fiorentina (agg:1-3)
Sporting 0-2 Rangers (agg: 0-2)
Zenit St Petersburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen (agg: 4-2)


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By Chris Bevan

2216: Well, that is all from me folks. It has been an enjoyable - and eventful night - of Uefa Cup football. Who says the Champions League gets all the drama!?!

Thanks again for your input, banter...and goal descriptions. I supplied the predictions but I could not have got through the night without you.

The first legs of the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup will see Rangers play Fiorentina and Bayern Munich play Zenit St Petersburg on 24 April - let's hope for as much excitement as we got tonight.

The return legs are on 1 May.

2214: FULL-TIME Getafe 3-3 Bayern Munich
A quite extraordinary game sees Bayern beat 10-man Getafe on away goals after Luca Toni scores twice for the German side in the dying minutes of extra-time.

2212: GOAL Getafe 3-3 Bayern Munich
Unbelievable stuff! Luca Toni meets a high cross into the box and his downward header bounces past Getafe keeper Pato. That is Bayern in the semi-final.

2210: GOAL Getafe 3-2 Bayern Munich
Could there be another twist in this one? Luca Toni has just pulled a goal back for Bayern (description to follow) and they have five minutes to get an equaliser which would send them through on away goals. Can they do it?

2202: "Extra time goal descriptions for Chris: Javi Casquero scored the first to make it 2-1for Getafe - a great strike from 20 yards out which flew past Oliver Kahn and went in off the post. Second goal by Braulio was all about the terrible defending by Lucio. Cross came in and Lucio decided to slide for it. He completley missed the ball and Braulio collects and dispatches handily at the near post."
Zippy, George and Bungle on 606

Great stuff Zippy, George and Bungle. Even better news is that Dan is making me a cup of tea so you lot will not have to put up with any more beverage-related chat from me either.

2156: "I honestly think the announcement of Jurgen Klinsmann as the head coach next season has destabilised this Bayern team. Nothing to do with the great man himself but it decreases the respect the players have for Hitzfeld."
redandblackT1899 on 606

The way things are going, Bayern will not be at Manchester in May. They would love Eastlands too...

2151: For those of you on 606 who are (quite rightly) worried about my biscuit situation, I should tell you that I only ever got one, although someone also passed me a jellybean which I did not tell you about.

I am actually more in need of a cup of coffee now, so could you please ask Dan to make me one. Nicely (at first).

2149: "Chris, does this mean you have to put in some overtime now or do you have a sub warming up to take your place for extra time?"
Zippy, George and Bungle on 606

I am here until the finish. I don't have any pictures from Getafe though so you may find my goal 'descriptions' dry up somewhat!

2147: GOAL Getafe 3-1 Bayern Munich
Blimey. Bayern are in all sorts of trouble now - Nobrega Braulio has just put Getafe 3-1 ahead on the night and the Spanish side look favourites to meet Zenit St Petersburg in the semi-finals now.

Jean-Claude Darcheville set Rangers on their way to Uefa Cup glory tonight and his evening just got better. He's top of the Player Rater pops with 7.90, so he will celebrate wildly when that news reaches him, probably. Steven Davis is not far behind on 7.62. Just one caveat before you party, Jean-Claude. Those marks can change. Get involved.

2144: GOAL Getafe 2-1 Bayern Munich
Would you believe it? Javi Casquero has just put 10-man Getafe ahead in the first minute of extra-time so Bayern have got it all to do. Again.

2142:"Well done Rangers you deserved it"
SirCaptainChaos on 606

I heartily agree. Rangers did exactly what was needed - they kept the game tight and scored a classic goal on the counter-attack. Then they wrapped it up late-doors.

2138: FULL-TIME Sporting 0-2 Rangers
A fantastic result for Rangers who are through to the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup thanks to second-half goals from Jean-Claude Darcheville and Steven Whittaker which give them a 2-0 aggregate win. Walter Smith's side will play Italian side Fiorentina next.

2135: The 90 minutes is up in the game between Getafe and Bayern Munich and extra-time will be played.

2034: GOAL Getafe 1-1 Bayern Munich
Late drama at Getafe where Franck Ribery scores in the 89th minute to level the tie at 2-2 on aggregate. That one looks set for extra-time.

2133: GOAL Sporting 0-2 Rangers
That is the icing on the cake. A brilliant solo run by Steven Whittaker ends with him firing home to make certain of Rangers' progress.

2132: Fiorentina have just beaten PSV 2-0 - and 3-1 on aggregate - so they will play Rangers in the semi-finals if the score stays the same here. We have four minutes of added time to play by the way.

2129: Daniel Cousin should really have finished things there. Another brilliant run takes Steven Davis into the box but the ball runs away from Cousin before he fires his follow-up effort into the side, rather than the back, of the net.

That would have been the icing on the cake. I had a chocolate chip cookie by the way...

2128: Rangers seem to have taken the sting out of Sporting's attempted comeback. The Scottish side are still defending in numbers but Paulo Bento's outfit seem to have run out of ideas.

2126: Another yellow card - Sasa Papac is the latest Rangers player in the referee's book after catching Liedson. Papac does not need to worry about missing the first leg of the semi-final though.

The Rangers fans at the Estadio Jose Alvalade are enjoying themselves at the moment - a bit of an understatement that!

2125: Oh dear. Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has just been booked - he will miss the first-leg of the semi-final. I have just had better news though - my wait for a biscuit is over.

2123: Whatever happens in the last 10 minutes, Sporting have had their chances tonight - Tonel is the latest to threaten, meeting a free-kick with a header that bounces the wrong side of the post.

2121: "Chris, a forewarning to you - if I graduate in July, I'm having your job. Seems like a doss just typing the updates."
Phil, Salford via text on 81111

It is harder than it looks Phil. I would barely have time to eat my biscuits (if I had any), I am so busy.

2119: Another change for Rangers - Defensive midfielder Steven Whittaker is on for Lee McCulloch. You can kind of see what Walter Smith is trying to do here. 12 minutes to go now.

2117: A chance for Sporting - their substitute Yannick, who bagged twice in Sunday's win over Braga by the way, takes a snap-shot from inside the box - the ball clips the outside of the post and bounces to safety.

2115: Rangers are still standing firm. They are happy for Sporting to have the ball but once they get within 30 yards of goal the tackles come in and, so far, it is working well.

2114: Daniel Cousin is on for Rangers' goalscorer Jean-Claude Darcheville. The big striker gets plenty of congratulations as he takes his place on the bench - job done as far as he is concerned but can Rangers hold on? 17 minutes left.

2112: Sporting are throwing everything at this now. They are enjoying plenty of possession but so far the Rangers defence is holding firm.

2111:"Kirk Broadfood? Is that a joke, Bevan?"
Name on the Trophy on 606

Apologies, it is all this talk of biscuits which has put food on my mind. Typo now corrected. Apologies.

2107:"Well done on your prediction Chris - have a cookie."
Annonymous via text on 81111 on 606

Why thank you. Sadly I am short of biscuits at the moment unless my colleague Dan goes to get me some...

2106: Just to clear things up, Sporting now need to score twice to win - A 1-1 draw would send Rangers through on away goals. If the Gers win they will play either Fiorentina or PSV in the last-four.

2105: I refer you all to my prediction at 1946...a few minutes out but not bad all the same!

2104: GOAL Sporting 0-1 Rangers
How about that for a sucker punch. Just as Sporting are doing all the attacking, Rangers break through Steven Davis and he supplies a perfect cross from the right for Jean-Claude Darcheville to slot home.

2058: Kirk Broadfoot fouls Marat Izmailov on the left-hand side of the penalty area. Simon Vukcevic drives the ball into the danger zone but the Gers defence clear.

2056: Blimey. A close shave that for Rangers. Simon Vukcevic sends a glancing header just wide of the far post with Allan McGregor beaten. Sporting are having a decent spell here.

2054: GOAL PSV 0-2 Fiorentina
Another goal for Adrian Mutu extends Fiorentina's lead and PSV now need three goals if they are to progress.

2052: A couple of chances for Sporting - Gladstone almost gets on the end of a dangerous cross before Kevin Thomson puts his own keeper in trouble with a dangerous back-pass. Rangers survive though.

2051: "Haha, how funny would it be for the final score to be 1-1 in Lisbon, but the referee forgets all about the away-goal rule, plays out the penalty shoot-out, Rangers lose, only for it to be overturned! Yeah, like that could ever happen!?!"
donkamero on 606

A bit of a nod to history by Donkamero 1971, on the way to winning the old Cup Winners Cup, Rangers won 3-2 at Ibrox but lost 4-3 in Lisbon. They should have gone through on away goals but the referee played a penalty shootout - which Sporting won - before he realised his mistake to send Rangers through.

2049: A bit of handbags at the start of the second half. Kevin Thomson dives in for a late challenge and picks up a booking - he will miss the first-leg of the semi-final now, if Rangers make it that is.

2047: Is that a BBC journalist i see paying attention to League One?! I'm shocked, League One coverage here is woeful! go on then mister, tell me about Huddersfield Town!"
Reál_Giant_Terrier (We're Goin Up in our Centenary!) on 606

Hmmm, I know you are stuck im midtable at the moment but might have a bit of money to spend in the summer after a change of owner. Am I right?

2046: Sporting get the second half started in Libson. No changes for either side.

2045: "In Lisbon. Incredible atmosphere. Daniel Cousin to win it on 80 minutes and we're going to win the league."
Davey, Glasgow but in Lisbon via text on 81111

2041: Judging from the chat on 606, I have not done Cosmin Contra justice with my 'description' of his goal for Getafe. I admit I have not seen his strike but from the sounds of things it was pretty special - a run down the right followed by a belting shot.

2039: "Chris Bevan? Did you ever play for Southampton? I swear I bought you on Championship Manager and we won a play-off final together. You got injured in the second season in the Premier League though and eventually, you went to Bournemouth on a free, where you would spend the rest of your career."
Zippy, George and Bungle on 606

Hmmm, I certainly don't remember playing for Southampton...maybe you are thinking of my namesake (and vastly under-rated goalkeeper) Scott Bevan (no, we are not related!). I too play in goal, occasionally, but I am not even good enough to play for Bournemouth, let alone the Saints (apologies to Cherries fans, who have enough on their plates at the moment).

Rangers striker Lee McCulloch is your top man with 7.67 so far. His team-mate Kirk Broadfoot is bottom of the pile at the moment with 5.27 though.

2033: This is much better from Rangers than they managed in the first leg but the last thing they need is extra-time. Walter Smith already has a packed fixture list.
BBC Sport's football pundit Pat Nevin on BBC Radio Five Live

2032: HALF-TIME Sporting 0-0 Rangers
Still all-square then after the first 45 minutes of the second leg. Not many chances either - it is going to go to the wire this one.

2031: GOAL Getafe 1-0 Bayern Munich
Getafe may only have 10 men but they also have the lead - Cosmin Contra has just netted and the Spanish side lead 2-1 on aggegate. All to do for Bayern then...

2030: It has been a while since Rangers have had a sight of goal but Lee McCulloch has a shooting chance when Gladstone's clearance falls to him on the edge of the box - his effort is blocked though.

Sporting break to the other end and Simon Vukcevic cuts in on the edge of the box and fires wide.

2029: "I may be a lone 'Ranger' here but Sporting Lisbon are definitely going out tonight! Apologies."
notirishjason on 606

Oh dear. And you thought my jokes were bad!

2027: Joao Moutinho has another pop from outside the box for Sporting and this time he is not far away. The ball fizzes just wide of Allan McGregor's post and that is what the Rangers defence can expect if they back off on the edge of the box like that.

2024: GOAL PSV 0-1 Fiorentina
I promised you a goal Terrier, and it is former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu who has obliged - putting Fiorentina 1-0 up in Holland and 2-1 ahead on aggregate.

2022: "Goal, please"
Reál_Giant_Terrier (We're Goin Up in our Centenary!) on 606

I will see what I can do Terrier. The Rangers fans in Lisbon still look happy enough though.

2020: "I am in work, so I am not able to see how the game is being played. Are Rangers playing well, or do they still look really tired?!"
donkamero on 606

Rangers have not done an awful lot so far, with the exception of some nice touches by Barry Ferguson and some good work by Jean-Claude Darcheville. They seem to be concentrating on keeping Sporting quiet so not easy to tell how much they have got in the tank until they start coming forward more.

2017: The weather is getting worse in Lisbon, where it is absolutely tipping it down now. Another half-chance for Sporting when the ball flies across the face of goal but Leandro cannot get a touch on it.

2016: "Big striker? Luca Toni is big. Darcheville is just fat!"
redandblackT1899 on 606

2014: Leandro Romagnoli's turn to try a corner and, rather than cross the ball into a crowded area, he feeds Miguel Veloso who is at least 30 yards out. Veloso has time to tee himself up but then proceeds to smash his shot well wide. He got a lot behind it though.

2013: "This game has had more action already than the whole 90 minutes of the first leg."
neoliverpooltillidie on 606

2010: Another Barry Ferguson corner for Rangers but another unsuccessful one - he curls the ball straight out of play.

2009: Nice work by Jean-Claude Darcheville, this time on the right. He gets to the byeline and crosses for Barry Ferguson, who tries a clever flick and sees the ball fly out for a corner. The referee spots a foul, however, as soon as the ball is played in.

2007: Liedson is back on...maybe I imagined the stretcher?

2005: "COME ON RANGERS - You're the only British team left in the Uefa cup, and you have Barry Ferguson, not to mention the brilliant Allan McGregor in goal. GO AND WIN IT!"
pompeyfanrichie on 606

Some nice Anglo-Scottish goodwill from Richie there. He is probably in a good mood because of Pompey's FA Cup run - this could be you next year!

2002: First bit of stretcher action and it is Liedson who is taken off. I bet he will be back though...

2001: Sporting's turn to threaten and they cannot go much closer than that. Leandro's whipped free-kick is met by a great header from Liedson but the ball comes back from off the post with Allan McGregor beaten.

1959: More good stuff by Rangers and Jean-Claude Darcheville in particular. The big striker holds the ball up inside the box but he is caught offside when it comes back to him on the left flank.

1958: The Sporting fans are getting a mite impatient with their side's lack of progress so far. Another good sign for Rangers, who have done well in this one so far.

1957: News from Spain where Getafe's Ruben De la Red has been, erm, shown red in their game against Bayern Munich. I wonder if the referee told him to 'Getafe'...?

Apologies for that.

1955:"How many Sporting players have gone off on stretchers so far?"
A Synic, Glasgow via text on 81111

No sign of the stretchers so far. I will keep you posted though.

1953: Marat Izmailov has a go at Allan McGregor's goal too but on this evidence the Rangers keeper has not got a lot to worry about if Sporting keep shooting from range.

1951: Sporting have had their first shot too - not so close this one though. Joao Moutinho tries his luck from outside the area but the ball flies high and wide.

1949: A sight of goal and a great chance for Rangers - Jean-Claude Darcheville runs clear and gets his shot away in the area but his effort is blocked by the outstretched leg of Gladstone.

1947: Cagey start so far with both sides playing keep ball for as long as they can, mainly in their own half. No so many tackles flying in as in the early stages of the first leg either.

1946: A few of you asking for my predictions...I'm going with 1-0 Rangers. Jean-Claude Darcheville to bag in the 65th minute to make up for his Euro misery in the Champions League.

I am probably going to be very wrong there though...

1945: We are under way at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

1942: "Wicked step sister? How about baby sister, or perhaps shadow?"
BoisterousCitizenTom on 606

Too cynical Tom! As a Manchester City fan like my good self you are surely dreaming of a Uefa Cup place next year? We are going to qualify via the fair play league by the way...

1939: "Time for the Uefa cup to step up and stop being the wicked step sister to the Champions League!"
redandblackT1899 on 606

Definitely - and I think the Uefa Cup is just getting going. Bayern Munich have got a game on their hands tonight, Fiorentina and PSV is up for grabs and so is this one in Lisbon. Rangers or Sporting will play the winner of Fiorentina and PSV in the semi-final by the way.

1936: "Nice to have you among us tonight Chris. Hope we have some fantastic football tonight."
alinov on 606

Nice to be here too Alinov. I'm hoping for some fantastic football - and some goals - as well.

1933: As you already know, Rangers have made just one change from the first leg. Christian Dailly replaces fellow-veteran David Weir at centre-back and he seems quite confident of slotting in there.
Dailly focused on Sporting role

1927: The only way Rangers will advance is via extra time and penalties. Can't see them scoring."
Ryan, Ballymoney via text on 81111

1924: Those of you expecting a balmy evening in Portugal will be disappointed. It is grey and wet in Lisbon - good weather for the Scots?

1922: It is fair to say not many people were too impressed with referee Yuri Baskakov in the first leg at Ibrox. Sporting's players felt he was too lenient, while Gers' fans felt he let the Portuguese get away with going to ground too easily. What do you think - and will Austria's Konrad Plautz do a better job tonight?
Sporting plea for strong ref

1922: "Chris, you only have to remember that the mighty Rangers have a certain Barry Ferguson in the middle of the park... anything is possible with Captain Fantastic leading the way!"
Anon via text on 81111

I have to be honest, I was not aware of Barry's superpowers...good player mind.

1920: Full-time in Russia - Bayer Leverkusen have won 1-0 on the night but it is Zenit St Petersburg who go through to the last four with a 4-2 aggregate win, where they will play Bayern Munich or Getafe.

1917: "Not exactly a thriller?A generous man you are was an absolute snoozefest!"
redandblackT1899 on 606

I was trying to be diplomatic...that is history anyway - there will be goals tonight...I can feel it in my bones...

1912: "I'm looking forward to what should be an exciting night of football action. Rangers to go through with a 1-0 win!"
notirishjason on 606

Jason, if we do get even one goal that will make it much more exciting than the first leg!

1910: TEAM NEWS Sporting v Rangers
Rangers make one change from last week's first leg, with the suspended David Weir replaced by Christian Dailly at centre-back. Sporting also make a change at the back with Gladstone coming in for the injured Anderson Polga.

1906: By the way, I will also be keeping you up to date with tonight's other Uefa Cup ties, one of which - Zenit St Petersberg v Bayer Leverkusen - has already kicked off.

Leverkusen are leading 1-0 on the night through Dmitri Bulykin's goal but they have got a long way to go to make up for the damage from the first leg in Germany, which Petersberg won 4-1. They are running out of time too...

1904: Erm, those of you who joined me for the first leg at Ibrox last week may remember that it was not exactly a thriller.

You can read the match report on the website to refresh your memory but, take it from me, there was not a lot of goalmouth action.

The good news, however, is that 0-0 draw means the tie is, as they say, very much in the balance...

1900: Evening all.

Phew. It has certainly been an exciting week of European football for British teams - but is it over yet? Not a chance.

Forget about the Champions League though, tonight is all about the Uefa Cup and specifically Rangers, who are in action in the second leg of their quarter-final with Sporting in Lisbon.

This one is up for grabs - so can Walter Smith's side reach the last four then?

see also
Sporting 0-2 Rangers (0-2)
10 Apr 08 |  Europe
Rangers 0-0 Sporting Lisbon
03 Apr 08 |  Europe
Rangers v Sporting photos
03 Apr 08 |  Europe

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