Veloso's late strike gave Sporting a crucial away goal going into the second leg
By Sam Sheringham
Miguel Veloso's late penalty took the gloss off Everton's victory over Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League.
Steven Pienaar marked his 100th game for the club with a fine left-footed finish after a clever backheel from the inspirational Tim Cahill.
Sylvain Distin's tap-in from a corner appeared to put the Toffees in control of the round of 32 first-leg tie.
But Distin was sent off for upending Liedson inside the box and Veloso calmly slotted home an away goal.
The late strike changed the complexion of the tie and left Everton boss David Moyes ruing his side's inability to score the third goal that would have put them in command going into next Thursday's second leg in the Portuguese capital.
It had been a mixed build-up to the match for Moyes and Everton.
Joy at last week's 2-1 victory over Chelsea was dampened by dismay over the tea-time kick-off and the pre-match news that midfielder Marouane Fellaini requires an operation on his injured ankle and will be out for six months.
The early kick-off meant an attendance below 30,000 and a somewhat flat atmosphere as fans absorbed their latest injury blow - the loss of Fellaini coming just when their other playmaker Mikel Arteta is back from his own long-term lay-off.
The Toffees carved the game's first opening as Louis Saha exchanged passes with Cahill and fired a shot which was smothered by Rui Patricio, and the Sporting goalkeeper was alert enough to block Leon Osman's follow-up effort.
Moments later, a Leighton Baines corner found Cahill unmarked, but the Australian's header flashed across the face of goal.
Sporting, languishing in fourth place in the Portuguese League, 21 points behind leaders Benfica, looked confident in possession but struggled to get behind the Everton defence.
Right-winger Abel tried his luck from long-range and saw his rasping shot whistle past the post.
Everton threatened again when a fine long ball from Baines put Landon Donovan beyond the last defender, but his attempt to lob the keeper was badly miscued.
The American's profligacy was soon forgotten as Everton crafted a superb opening goal.
An incisive pass by Phil Neville found Cahill inside the box. The Australian's brilliantly inventive backheel was straight into the path of Pienaar, who slid and scooped the ball into the top corner.
Sporting responded to going behind with their strongest spell of the half.
First, Pedro Mendes's low shot from the edge of the area drew a sharp save from Tim Howard, and then Maret Izmailov crashed a shot against the near post.
Everton could have extended their lead before the break, when Saha met a Baines free-kick but planted his header well over the bar.
The home side grabbed a controversial second shortly after the break when a Baines corner floated over a crowd of players to leave the unmarked Distin with a straightforward tap-in.
But Sporting were incensed that the referee failed to penalise Cahill for impeding Patricio as they jumped together.
Cahill was forced to leave the field after an hour, when he pulled up after making a run into the box.
His replacement, Yakubu, almost made it 3-0 when he outpaced the defence and curled a low shot towards the far corner, which Patricio did well to save at full stretch.
Saha had another effort saved before the moment which transformed the mood inside Goodison Park when substitute Jack Rodwell's overhit pass was miscontrolled by Distin, allowing Liedson to break clear.
Just as the Brazilian-born striker shaped to shoot, he was brought down by Distin, leaving the referee no option but to give a penalty and show the Frenchman a red card.
Veloso's strike sent Howard the wrong way, leaving Everton's deflated players reflecting on a missed opportunity to put themselves on the brink of the last 16.
Everton boss David Moyes: "We are disappointed we have not seen the job through, which we should have done.
"We gave Sporting an opportunity when it looked as though they might not have one.
"We did enough to be 2-0 in front and I did not see a goal coming. But it was not to be. It keeps the game alive."
Sporting Lisbon coach Carlos Carvalhal: "Hopefully we can complete the job with the help of our marvellous supporters.
"I wish the game had gone on longer as we were making it difficult for Everton. Some of our football was almost perfect.
"I did not think we deserved to be behind at half-time and I have to dispute their second goal as there was a handball."
90:00+4:03 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+1:26 The referee blows for offside against Miguel Carlos Saleiro. Joseph Yobo takes the free kick.
89:17 Marat Izmailov sends in a cross, Jack Rodwell fouled by Da Silva Liedson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken
by Tim Howard.
89:04 The ball is crossed by Marat Izmailov, clearance by Phil Neville.
87:23 Yanick Djalo challenges Landon Donovan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
86:05 GOAL - Miguel Veloso:Everton 2 - 1 Sporting Penalty taken left-footed by Miguel Veloso and scored. Everton 2-1 Sporting.
86:03 Da Silva Liedson provided the assist for the goal.
85:06 Sent off Sylvain Distin sent from the field by the ref for professional foul.
84:50 Sylvain Distin concedes a Penalty for a foul on Da Silva Liedson.
82:39 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on in place of Louis Saha.
81:40 Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Pedro Rui Patricio.
80:22 The ball is crossed by Leandro Grimi, clearance by Joseph Yobo.
79:19 Effort from outside the box by Yanick Djalo goes wide right of the target.
78:22 A cross is delivered by Miguel Veloso, clearance made by Joseph Yobo.
77:32 Corner taken by Miguel Veloso played to the near post, clearance by Louis Saha.
77:32 Substitution Jack Rodwell replaces Mikel Arteta.
76:35 Miguel Carlos Saleiro takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard. Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save by Pedro Rui Patricio.
75:22 The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Antonio Leonel Tonel.
73:04 Mikel Arteta has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
73:04 Booking Filipe Daniel Carrico is shown a yellow card.
72:58 Filipe Daniel Carrico concedes a free kick for a foul on Louis Saha.
71:20 Joseph Yobo concedes a free kick for a foul on Da Silva Liedson. Free kick taken by Da Silva Liedson.
70:13 Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Veloso. Free kick taken by Miguel Veloso.
69:24 A cross is delivered by Miguel Veloso.
68:43 Louis Saha gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Filipe Daniel Carrico. Direct free kick taken by Pedro Rui Patricio.
68:06 Miguel Carlos Saleiro is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
66:42 Corner taken by Miguel Veloso played to the near post, clearance by Leon Osman.
66:35 The ball is delivered by Yanick Djalo, blocked by Phil Neville.
65:43 Substitution (Sporting) makes a substitution, with Miguel Carlos Saleiro coming on for Matias Fernandez.
65:43 Substitution Yanick Djalo replaces Felipe Joao Moutinho.
65:14 Centre by Leandro Grimi, Leighton Baines makes a clearance.
64:48 Landon Donovan takes a shot. Filipe Daniel Carrico gets a block in.
63:07 Sylvain Distin concedes a free kick for a foul on Da Silva Liedson. Direct free kick taken by Da Silva Liedson.
62:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Joseph Yobo. Free kick taken by Pedro Rui Patricio.
61:07 Mikel Arteta delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
61:07 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu on for Tim Cahill.
61:07 Filipe Daniel Carrico gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman.
59:45 Shot from outside the penalty box by Miguel Veloso goes wide right of the goal.
58:09 Landon Donovan sends in a cross, Pedro Rui Patricio makes a comfortable save.
55:34 Miguel Veloso challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
55:17 The ball is crossed by Phil Neville, Pedro Mendes makes a clearance.
54:53 Louis Saha fouled by Antonio Leonel Tonel, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
54:00 Foul by Steven Pienaar on Fernando Abel, free kick awarded. Pedro Rui Patricio takes the direct free kick.
52:11 Landon Donovan restarts play with the free kick.
52:11 Booking Felipe Joao Moutinho shown a yellow card.
52:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Landon Donovan by Felipe Joao Moutinho.
50:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Miguel Veloso on Leighton Baines. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines.
49:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Felipe Joao Moutinho. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
48:28 The assist for the goal came from Leighton Baines.
48:28 GOAL - Sylvain Distin:Everton 2 - 0 Sporting A goal is scored by Sylvain Distin from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Everton 2-0 Sporting.
48:04 Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line,
47:56 Leighton Baines delivers the ball, Antonio Leonel Tonel manages to make a clearance.
45:45 The offside flag is raised against Da Silva Liedson. Phil Neville takes the indirect free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:00+1:06 The first half comes to an end.
43:58 Mikel Arteta challenges Felipe Joao Moutinho unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by
Felipe Joao Moutinho, Filipe Daniel Carrico concedes a free kick for a foul on Joseph Yobo. Direct free kick taken by Tim
42:36 Felipe Joao Moutinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Leighton Baines produces a cross, Header from deep
inside the area by Louis Saha goes over the bar.
40:22 Fernando Abel takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
39:32 Shot by Marat Izmailov from deep inside the area bounces off the post.
38:12 Leighton Baines has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
36:56 Filipe Daniel Carrico challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Neville.
Correction - 36:20 Centre by Marat Izmailov, Matias Fernandez takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
36:20 Marat Izmailov crosses the ball, Filipe Daniel Carrico takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
35:26 The ball is sent over by Landon Donovan, Filipe Daniel Carrico manages to make a clearance.
34:06 Assist by Tim Cahill.
34:06 GOAL - Steven Pienaar:Everton 1 - 0 Sporting Steven Pienaar finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Sporting.
33:36 Effort from a long way out by Miguel Veloso goes wide right of the target.
32:20 Pedro Mendes takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
30:52 Shot from just outside the area by Landon Donovan goes over the bar.
30:10 The ball is crossed by Mikel Arteta, blocked by Da Silva Liedson. Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta to the near post,
Felipe Joao Moutinho manages to make a clearance.
29:52 Tim Cahill sends in a cross, Antonio Leonel Tonel makes a clearance. A cross is delivered by Tim Cahill, Leandro Grimi manages
to make a clearance.
28:09 Phil Neville sends in a cross.
27:37 Unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Filipe Daniel Carrico results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leon Osman.
25:51 Fernando Abel has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
23:27 Pedro Mendes challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
22:34 The official flags Tim Cahill offside. Indirect free kick taken by Pedro Mendes.
19:44 Joseph Yobo concedes a free kick for a foul on Da Silva Liedson. Felipe Joao Moutinho takes the direct free kick.
17:51 Pedro Mendes takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
17:32 Miguel Veloso decides to take the corner short.
17:20 Matias Fernandez takes a shot. Steven Pienaar gets a block in.
15:15 Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Tim Cahill has a headed effort at goal from deep inside
the area missing to the left of the target.
12:12 Steven Pienaar fouled by Marat Izmailov, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free
11:06 Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Pedro Rui Patricio. Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Pedro Rui Patricio.
10:13 Tim Cahill crosses the ball, clearance by Antonio Leonel Tonel.
6:11 The referee blows for offside against Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Miguel Veloso.
4:12 Shot from long distance by Felipe Joao Moutinho goes wide of the left-hand upright.
3:52 Centre by Fernando Abel, save by Tim Howard.
3:15 Da Silva Liedson challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
1:24 Marat Izmailov fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Fernando Abel.
0:31 The ball is crossed by Tim Cahill, Pedro Rui Patricio makes a comfortable save.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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