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Rangers   1 - 1   Sporting

Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty
Rangers forward Lafferty had a frustrating night in front of goal

By Andy Campbell

Sporting claimed a late away goal to dent Rangers' chances of reaching the last 16 of the Europa League.

Kyle Lafferty and Steven Whittaker threatened for Rangers in the first half while Yannick Djalo had Sporting's best chance before the break.

Whittaker's header on 66 minutes gave Rangers the edge and it looked as though they would take the lead to Portugal for the second leg.

But Matias Fernandez nodded home to turn the tie in Sporting's favour.

Rangers now need to score in next Thursday's return leg to stand any chance of progressing as a 0-0 draw at the Estadio Jose Alvalade will be enough to send the Lisbon side through.

Sporting controlled the midfield area in the first half, with the absence of the injured Lee McCulloch from the Rangers central area leaving the home side without an obvious ball winner.

And the visitors could have gone ahead when Helder Postiga collected Evaldo Fabiano's cutback and turned well to angle a shot across the face of goal.

Rangers were struggling to get a foothold in the game and Lafferty, playing in place of the ineligible Nikica Jelavic, was cutting an isolated figure in attack.

But, out of the blue, the hosts carved out an excellent opening as El Hadji Diouf released Whittaker on the right and the full-back's cross was flicked narrowly wide by the head of Lafferty.

Sloppiness crept into Rangers' play and only a last-ditch tackle by captain David Weir spared Steven Davis's blushes after the Northern Ireland midfielder had conceded possession in a dangerous area.

Davis was then required to block Anderson Polga's shot after Madjid Bougherra's tame clearance from Pedro Mendes's corner had presented the defender with a shooting opportunity.

Alberto Zapater, Matias Fernandez and Diogo Salomao
Fernandez (centre) scored a vital equaliser for Sporting

Whittaker, a scorer the last time these two sides met in 2008, was unsuccessful with a delicate lob when the ball broke to him in the box off a headed clearance.

The game was beginning to open up and both keepers made vital saves in quick succession, McGregor blocking well at the feet of Yannick after the midfielder had burst into the box and Rui Patricio diving to his left to keep out Whittaker's powerful shot.

The first half ended with Lafferty heading off target again, this time from a teasing Vladimir Weiss centre, moments before Diouf was booked for simulation.

Whittaker, deployed in a more advanced role than normal, continued to pose Rangers' most potent threat at the start of the second half and almost scored when he ran on to Lafferty's head-flick and powered in a left-foot shot that Patricio did well to divert wide.

The home crowd were fired up by Rangers' positive start to the second period and it was evident in the Ibrox side's play as Ricky Foster crossed for Lafferty to send a deflected shot wide.

Yannick became the second player to be booked for simulation after he went down in midfield before Sasa Papac's shot whizzed wide of the Sporting goal.

A lung-bursting run by Weiss was brought to an abrupt end when the winger was pulled back by Daniel Carrico, who was booked and will now be suspended for the second leg. Whittaker's initial effort from the free-kick hit the wall and his rebound flew over.

But Rangers got the reward for their more enterprising second-half approach when Weiss's inswinging corner was bulleted home by the head of Whittaker.

Mendes almost scored against his former club when the ball broke to him at the edge of the box, the midfielder's effort spilled by McGregor before the offside Postiga hammered the rebound into the side netting.

Lafferty joined Weiss in being cautioned for dissent and Rangers invited pressure onto themselves by sitting off the play in the closing stages.

And Sporting got the away goal they were searching for when Joao Pereira crossed for substitute Fernandez to head powerfully past McGregor.

Lafferty had more chances in the closing stages as Rangers sought to regain the lead but Patricio was equal to the forward's three efforts at goal to keep the score level.

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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 1-1 Sporting FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Whittaker 66
  • Fernandez 89

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac
  • 12 Foster
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 24 Bougherra yellow card
  • 07 Edu
  • 08 Davis
  • 20 Weiss yellow card
  • 11 Lafferty yellow card
  • 17 Diouf yellow card

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 21 Bartley,
  • 39 Wylde,
  • 10 Fleck,
  • 14 Naismith,
  • 15 Healy,
  • 41 Hutton

Sporting

  • 01 Rui Patricio
  • 03 Daniel Carrico yellow card
  • 04 Anderson Polga
  • 05 Evaldo
  • 47 Joao Pereira
  • 06 Mendes
  • 08 Maniche (Fernandez 77)
  • 21 Alberto Zapater
  • 80 Cristiano (Carlos Saleiro 74)
  • 20 Djalo yellow card
  • 23 Postiga (Diogo Solomao 85)

Substitutes

  • 16 Tiago,
  • 44 Coelho,
  • 14 Fernandez,
  • 26 Andre Santos,
  • 33 Diogo Solomao,
  • 77 Vukcevic,
  • 09 Carlos Saleiro
Ref: Manuel GrafeAtt: 34,095
RANGERS
SPORTING

Possession

  • Rangers 45%
  • Sporting 55%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 11
  • Sporting 8

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 6
  • Sporting 10

Corners

  • Rangers 5
  • Sporting 3

Fouls

  • Rangers 6
  • Sporting 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:12 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+2:38 El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, save made by Pedro Rui Patricio.
  • 90:00+1:52 The referee blows for offside against El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Pedro Rui Patricio.
  • 90:00+1:48 The ball is delivered by Richard Foster.
  • 90:00+1:22 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Pedro Rui Patricio.
  • 90:00+0:05 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Pedro Rui Patricio.
  • 89:55 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Pedro Rui Patricio makes a save.
  • 88:15 Assist by Pedro Joao Pereira.
  • 88:15 GOAL - Matias FernandezRangers 1 - 1 Sporting Matias Fernandez scores a headed goal from close in. Rangers 1-1 Sporting.
  • 88:07 Pedro Joao Pereira delivers the ball,
  • 87:09 Unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Matias Fernandez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 86:21 Steven Davis fouled by Pedro Mendes, the ref awards a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
  • 85:31 Pedro Joao Pereira delivers the ball, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:48 Substitution (Sporting) makes a substitution, with Ferreira Diogo Solomao coming on for Helder Postiga.
  • 80:53 Free kick taken by Pedro Mendes.
  • 80:53 Booking Kyle Lafferty is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 80:47 The official flags Kyle Lafferty offside.
  • 79:19 The referee blows for offside. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 79:03 Pedro Mendes takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 78:17 Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Matias Fernandez. Direct free kick taken by Pedro Mendes.
  • 76:18 Substitution Matias Fernandez is brought on as a substitute for Nuno Maniche.
  • 75:11 Shot by Yanick Djalo went wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 73:22 Substitution (Sporting) makes a substitution, with Miguel Carlos Saleiro coming on for de Oliveira Cristiano.
  • 73:00 Booking Vladimir Weiss is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 72:47 Helder Postiga takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
  • 72:43 A cross is delivered by Santos Evaldo.
  • 72:07 The referee blows for offside. Correa Anderson Polga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:41 Helder Postiga is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 70:34 Yanick Djalo has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 70:08 Richard Foster sends in a cross, Filipe Daniel Carrico manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:09 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, Pedro Rui Patricio makes a save.
  • 67:26 El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save made by Pedro Rui Patricio.
  • 65:51 The assist for the goal came from Vladimir Weiss.
  • 65:51 GOAL - Steven WhittakerRangers 1 - 0 Sporting Steven Whittaker finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Rangers 1-0 Sporting.
  • 65:33 Corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from the left by-line,
  • 65:22 The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Pedro Joao Pereira.
  • 65:07 Centre by Madjid Bougherra, blocked by Nuno Maniche.
  • 64:55 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, clearance by Correa Anderson Polga.
  • 63:23 The referee blows for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Correa Anderson Polga takes the free kick.
  • 63:05 Steven Whittaker takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 61:42 Steven Whittaker shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 61:42 Booking Filipe Daniel Carrico goes into the referee's book.
  • 61:37 Filipe Daniel Carrico gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss.
  • 61:19 Helder Postiga takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 60:42 El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Correa Anderson Polga takes the indirect free kick.
  • 60:28 De Oliveira Cristiano has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
  • 59:02 Richard Foster fouled by Yanick Djalo, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:08 Unfair challenge on Helder Postiga by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Filipe Daniel Carrico produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 54:57 Handball by El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Nuno Maniche.
  • 54:09 Shot on goal by Kyle Lafferty from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 53:38 The referee blows for offside against Pedro Joao Pereira. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
  • 52:18 Sasa Papac takes a shot. Blocked by Yanick Djalo.
  • 51:48 Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line.
  • 51:39 The ball is delivered by Vladimir Weiss, Pedro Joao Pereira gets a block in.
  • 50:30 Effort from outside the box by Sasa Papac goes wide right of the target.
  • 49:36 Booking The referee shows Yanick Djalo a yellow card.
  • 48:56 Steven Davis is penalised for a handball. Pedro Rui Patricio takes the indirect free kick.
  • 48:25 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by El-Hadji Diouf, Filipe Daniel Carrico manages to make a clearance.
  • 48:13 Richard Foster produces a cross, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Correa Anderson Polga gets a block in.
  • 47:35 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Alberto Zapater.
  • 47:29 Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, Correa Anderson Polga gets a block in.
  • 46:12 Kyle Lafferty challenges Filipe Daniel Carrico unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pedro Rui Patricio takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:25 Outswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf, Unfair challenge on Filipe Daniel Carrico by Madjid Bougherra results in a free kick. Pedro Rui Patricio takes the free kick.
  • 45:13 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Pedro Rui Patricio makes a save.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:37 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+0:54 Booking Booking for El-Hadji Diouf for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:00+0:29 De Oliveira Cristiano concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Direct free kick taken by Vladimir Weiss.
  • 44:49 The ball is sent over by Vladimir Weiss, Headed effort from inside the area by Kyle Lafferty misses to the left of the goal.
  • 44:32 The ball is sent over by Richard Foster, Correa Anderson Polga makes a clearance.
  • 44:19 Alberto Zapater gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu. David Weir takes the free kick.
  • 43:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Pedro Rui Patricio takes the free kick.
  • 43:25 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Save by Pedro Rui Patricio.
  • 42:06 Yanick Djalo takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 39:41 Steven Whittaker has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 39:30 The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, Correa Anderson Polga makes a clearance.
  • 38:44 Booking Madjid Bougherra is given a yellow card.
  • 38:26 The ball is crossed by Alberto Zapater, Header by Helder Postiga from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 38:08 Centre by Yanick Djalo.
  • 35:53 Effort on goal by Pedro Mendes from long distance goes over the crossbar.
  • 35:32 Correa Anderson Polga takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Davis.
  • 35:22 Corner taken right-footed by Pedro Mendes, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:44 The ball is swung over by Correa Anderson Polga, Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
  • 34:10 Corner taken left-footed by de Oliveira Cristiano, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
  • 31:57 Steven Whittaker produces a cross, Kyle Lafferty produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 30:45 Sasa Papac is caught offside. Pedro Rui Patricio takes the indirect free kick.
  • 30:00 Helder Postiga is penalised for a handball. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
  • 29:32 Foul by Yanick Djalo on Madjid Bougherra, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 28:39 Kyle Lafferty is adjudged to have handled the ball. Correa Anderson Polga restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:53 Unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Yanick Djalo results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 26:53 The referee penalises Kyle Lafferty for handball. Pedro Rui Patricio takes the free kick.
  • 26:44 The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker.
  • 26:19 A cross is delivered by Richard Foster, Correa Anderson Polga makes a clearance.
  • 25:34 The referee blows for offside against Helder Postiga. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:17 Maurice Edu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nuno Maniche. Direct free kick taken by Nuno Maniche.
  • 23:59 Sasa Papac is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Pedro Joao Pereira.
  • 23:02 Corner taken right-footed by Pedro Mendes to the near post, Filipe Daniel Carrico has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
  • 22:38 Santos Evaldo takes a shot. Blocked by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 21:21 Pedro Joao Pereira sends in a cross.
  • 20:05 Effort from inside the area by Helder Postiga misses to the right of the target.
  • 19:59 Santos Evaldo crosses the ball.
  • 19:25 Vladimir Weiss fouled by Alberto Zapater, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
  • 16:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yanick Djalo on Madjid Bougherra. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 15:45 The assistant referee signals for offside against El-Hadji Diouf. Indirect free kick taken by Pedro Joao Pereira.
  • 14:43 The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, Pedro Joao Pereira makes a clearance.
  • 14:31 A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Pedro Mendes gets a block in.
  • 13:41 Helder Postiga produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes over the bar.
  • 11:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yanick Djalo by David Weir. Free kick crossed left-footed by de Oliveira Cristiano from right channel, Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 10:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Helder Postiga. Indirect free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 9:43 Santos Evaldo is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, Filipe Daniel Carrico makes a clearance.
  • 8:05 The referee gives a free kick against Helder Postiga for handball. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:58 Nuno Maniche has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 5:42 Effort from 35 yards by Alberto Zapater went wide right of the target.
  • 5:21 Madjid Bougherra takes a shot. Save by Pedro Rui Patricio.
  • 2:03 Pedro Mendes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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