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  • Date:24 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:18:00
  • Venue:Estadio Jose Alvalade
  • Attendance:15,375
( agg 3 - 3 ) Rangers win on away goals rule
  • Mendes (41)
    Djalo (82)
  • Diouf (19) Edu (90)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91:43 +1.43

The ball is swung over by David Healy, Goal scored by Maurice Edu from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sporting 2 (3)-(3) 2 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from David Healy.

90:14 +0.14

Foul by Kyle Bartley on Marco Torsiglieri, free kick awarded. Matias Fernandez goes off and Nuno Andre Coelho comes on. Pedro Rui Patricio restarts play with the free kick.

89:05

Centre by Vladimir Weiss.

88:10

Effort from inside the area by Miguel Carlos Saleiro misses to the right of the target.

87:02

The ball is swung over by Yanick Djalo.

85:56

Helder Postiga goes off and Filipe Andre Santos comes on.

82:25

Yanick Djalo grabs a headed goal from close range. Sporting 2 (3)-(2) 1 Rangers.Pedro Joao Pereira provided the assist for the goal.

81:28

David Healy is brought on as a substitute for El-Hadji Diouf.

80:14

Miguel Carlos Saleiro on for Pedro Mendes.

80:04

Richard Foster has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

79:46

Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line.

79:32

The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, blocked by Pedro Joao Pereira.

77:43

A cross is delivered by Pedro Mendes.

75:54

Foul by Maurice Edu on Pedro Joao Pereira, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fernando Abel.

75:22

Vladimir Weiss sends in a cross, Correa Anderson Polga makes a clearance.

75:12

Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line.

72:55

Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Marco Torsiglieri, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Pedro Mendes.

71:44

Fernando Abel fouled by Vladimir Weiss, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matias Fernandez, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.

69:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Helder Postiga. Kyle Lafferty replaces David Weir. Vladimir Weiss replaces John Fleck. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

69:47

The ball is swung over by Alberto Zapater, clearance made by Sasa Papac.

68:48

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matias Fernandez.

66:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Pedro Mendes. Steven Whittaker shoots direct from the free kick.

65:06

The assistant referee flags for offside against Madjid Bougherra. Pedro Rui Patricio takes the free kick.

64:22

Inswinging corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line.

63:29

Shot on goal by Pedro Mendes from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

63:06

Pedro Joao Pereira takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

62:47

El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, Steven Davis takes a shot. Save made by Pedro Rui Patricio.

60:58

The ball is delivered by John Fleck.

60:27

A cross is delivered by Yanick Djalo.

57:56

Fernando Abel fouled by Maurice Edu, the ref awards a free kick. Maurice Edu booked. Pedro Joao Pereira restarts play with the free kick.

55:47

The ball is crossed by Pedro Mendes, Close range header by Pedro Joao Pereira goes over the crossbar.

54:03

El-Hadji Diouf is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Pedro Rui Patricio.

53:11

Outswinging corner taken by Matias Fernandez, clearance by Maurice Edu.

52:55

Fernando Abel takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.

52:13

The ball is swung over by Fernando Abel, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.

50:58

The referee blows for offside against Helder Postiga. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.

49:38

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matias Fernandez.

48:41

Madjid Bougherra challenges Helder Postiga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matias Fernandez shoots direct from the free kick, save by Allan McGregor.

48:13

Santos Evaldo sends in a cross, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.

46:40

Corner taken by Matias Fernandez, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Marco Torsiglieri goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

41:26

Pedro Mendes gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sporting 1 (2)-(2) 1 Rangers.

41:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Torsiglieri by Maurice Edu. Alberto Zapater takes the free kick.

40:34

El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Pedro Mendes takes the indirect free kick.

37:06

Santos Evaldo crosses the ball.

36:47

El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Correa Anderson Polga takes the free kick.

36:18

The offside flag is raised against Helder Postiga. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

35:14

The ball is swung over by Yanick Djalo.

34:22

Effort on goal by Alberto Zapater from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

30:37

Right-footed shot by Pedro Mendes missed to the left of the net.

29:39

The ball is crossed by Pedro Joao Pereira, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.

28:35

Kyle Bartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pedro Joao Pereira. Free kick crossed right-footed by Fernando Abel.

28:12

El-Hadji Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Correa Anderson Polga. Correa Anderson Polga takes the direct free kick.

27:21

Steven Davis is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Pedro Rui Patricio.

23:24

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matias Fernandez, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.

22:12

The official flags Yanick Djalo offside. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

21:32

El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, clearance by Correa Anderson Polga.

20:36

Shot by Helder Postiga from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

19:12

Steven Davis crosses the ball, El-Hadji Diouf finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Sporting 0 (1)-(2) 1 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Steven Davis.

17:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sasa Papac on Matias Fernandez. Matias Fernandez takes the free kick.

14:01

Corner taken short by John Fleck.

12:00

El-Hadji Diouf has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

9:37

Alberto Zapater concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Alberto Zapater is booked. David Weir takes the free kick.

5:05

Short corner taken by Matias Fernandez from the left by-line.

4:28

Corner taken right-footed by Matias Fernandez from the left by-line to the near post, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.

4:14

Yanick Djalo takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

3:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Abel on El-Hadji Diouf. Sasa Papac restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Sporting Lisbon appeared to be in disarray on the eve of Thursday's Europa League tie against Rangers after being forced to publicly back manager Paulo Sergio.

It has been widely reported in the Portuguese press that Sergio faces losing his job if his side do not progress past the Scottish champions in the second leg, having earned a 1-1 draw last week in Glasgow.

The Europa League is seen as Sporting's last chance for success this season, having fallen an embarrassing 23 points behind league leaders Porto and with Monday's derby defeat to city rivals Benfica increasing the pressure on their beleaguered boss.

However, the club have moved to hand Sergio a vote of confidence ahead of the meeting with Rangers, quashing suggestions it is a make-or-break encounter.

A club statement read: "Sporting denies and refutes the news that has been made public about changes to the structure of the football technical team. Such reports are mere conjecture without any basis of the truth.

"To dispel any doubts, the trainer Paulo Sergio and the technical team have the full confidence of the management board to deal with the difficult sporting challenges ahead."

Sergio's opposite number, Walter Smith, hopes the news that Ally McCoist will be replacing him at the helm in the summer will provide Rangers with a timely boost ahead of the match.

McCoist - currently number two at Ibrox - has long been tipped to take over from Smith when he quits the Scottish champions at the end of the season but confirmation of the appointment only came yesterday.

Until the hastily-convened press conference to announce Smith's successor, there may have been an element of gloom around the Govan club following back-to-back disappointments on the field.

The first leg against Sporting in Glasgow ended in a 1-1 draw when the Portuguese claimed what could yet be an invaluable late away goal, before Rangers suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic at the weekend.

But McCoist's planned promotion could be the perfect tonic at just the right time, according to Smith. He said: "You would need to ask the players about their reaction but I was pleased that it was finally announced that Alistair would be taking over.

"It was pleasing from that aspect and, if it does give us a bit of a boost between now and the end of the season, we will be happy about that."

Formation:4141Manager: Jorge Paulo Bento

Sporting

Formation: 451Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

  • Pedro Rui Patricio
  • Pedro Joao Pereira
  • Correa Anderson Polga
  • Marco Torsiglieri
  • Santos Evaldo
  • Pedro Mendes
  • Fernando Abel
  • Matias Fernandez
  • Alberto Zapater
  • Yanick Djalo
  • Helder Postiga
  • SUBS
  • Ferreira Tiago
  • Nuno Maniche
  • Miguel Carlos Saleiro
  • Filipe Andre Santos
  • Ferreira Diogo Solomao
  • Nuno Andre Coelho
  • de Oliveira Cristiano

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Match Report

Edu the hero as Gers sneak through Maurice Edu scored a dramatic last-gasp goal to send Rangers into the last 16 of the Europa League, where they will meet PSV Eindhoven, as Sporting Lisbon crashed out of the competition following a 2-2 draw at the Jose Alvalade Stadium. El-Hadji Diouf claimed his first goal for Rangers before strikes from former Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes and Yannick Djalo appeared to have secured victory for the home side. But Edu pounced in injury time with the decisive goal in the tie as Rangers triumphed on away goals after the first leg had ended 1-1. Diouf was handed the job of getting the goals for Rangers as the lone striker, taking on the role from Kyle Lafferty, who was dropped from the first leg after spurning several chances. Kyle Bartley and John Fleck, who was making his first start in three months, were drafted into the side following the 1-1 draw at Ibrox, with Vladimir Weiss also out of the side and named among the substitutes. Steven Whittaker - who netted in the first leg - demonstrated his versatility once again when he was deployed in an unfamiliar central midfield position, with Rangers short of options in that area of the park. Sporting's dismal league campaign meant they were under pressure to deliver on the European stage and they were out of the traps quickly, testing Allan McGregor in the opening minutes. Whittaker gifted possession to Djalo who unleashed from six yards but his angled drive was confidently blocked by the Rangers goalkeeper. Rangers surged into the lead with 20 minutes gone when Steven Davis raced on to a Richard Foster ball down the right flank before picking out Diouf for the header at the back post. With their away goal from the first leg now cancelled out, Sporting set about trying to haul themselves back into the tie. Mendes had a go from distance with a shot that fell wide, before setting up Alberto Zapater who hooked over for the home side. Sporting continued to push forward and could have had a penalty when Joao Pereira went to ground under pressure from Bartley but Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento ignored the pleas. But they were back on level terms after 42 minutes when David Weir failed to clear an Evaldo ball into the box, which bounced off Bartley and fell for Helder Postiga who set up Mendes to rifle past McGregor. There was an altercation between Diouf and Marco Torsiglieri as the players left the pitch at half-time, with the Rangers forward clearly furious with the actions of his opponent, who appeared to catch Diouf with an elbow. Once the second half was under way, it was Sporting who had the best of the chances and McGregor was called into action to produce an impressive save to prevent Matias Fernandez's swerving free-kick from finding the back of the net. The home side should have been celebrating when Mendes turned provider for Pereira but he somehow managed to nod over from close range, before then seeing a point-blank shot blocked by McGregor. Rangers made a double switch with 20 minutes to go when David Weir and Fleck were withdrawn, and Lafferty and Weiss were thrown into the action with the tie still hanging in the balance. When those changes failed to yield a winner, David Healy was introduced in place of Diouf but it was Sporting who netted again just seconds later with 83 minutes on the clock. Pereira delivered the cross to the back post where Djalo beat Foster to the ball to send a firm header past McGregor. Just when Sporting thought they had sealed their passage to the last 16, Rangers grabbed an equaliser in injury-time when Healy's cross was met by Edu who remained in an onside position to stab home the goal that won the tie.

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