Thursday April 19, 2012 Semifinal Finished Estádio José Alvalade

Sporting Lisbon 2 - 1 Athletic Bilbao

  • Insúa 76’
  • Capel 80’
  • Aurtenetxe 54’

  1. Sporting recover to beat Athletic

    Sporting recover to beat Athletic

    Two goals in the space of four minutes gave Sporting a 2-1 win over Athletic in the two sides’ Europa League semi-final first leg in Lisbon. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sporting Lisbon
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • - Thanks for joining us this evening! The second leg promises to be just as exciting!
    • 90'+3 FULL TIME! That's it! Sporting 2-1 Athletic.
    • 90'+3 Sporting defending in numbers as Athletic try and pile the pressure on.
    • 90'+2 Athletic push forward but Sporting's defence are holding strong...
    • 90'+1 Three minutes to be added on...
    • 90' Pereira's touch is just too heavy on the edge of the area as Sporting attack again.
    • 89' Carrillo races forward down the left and Sporting almost grab another as he cuts the ball into the area.
    • 88' The Sporting fans in full voice as their side continue to attack...
    • 86' A rousing final few minutes being played out!
    • 84' Carrillo sends a rasping shot wide from 15 yards! Sporting threaten to add to their lead as the sub shoots inches wide!
    • 83' Gomez comes on for Susaeta for Athletic, and Pereirinha replaces Capel for Sporting as both sides make a change.
    • 82' Well, how this game has turned on its head! From a goal down Sporting now lead 2-1, and there's still plenty left in this game...
    • 81' Fantastic strike from the Sporting man! Izmailov races forward, and lays the ball inside for his team-mate. Capel takes a touch, and from 25 yards or so sends an absolute beauty into the bottom right corner! 2-1 to Sporting!
    • 80' GOAL FOR SPORTING! Capel gives the home side the lead!
    • 79' Corner for Athletic as they come at the Sporting defence...
    • 77' Substitution for Sporting, as Diego Rubio replaces Martins.
    • 77' The ball comes in, it's held up and Insua runs from outside the area to power a header past Rui Patricio to make it 1-1!
    • 76' GOAL FOR SPORTING!! Insua levels for the home side!
    • 75' Signs of impatience from the home side creeping in... Capel puts in a decent cross from the right.
    • 73' Change for Athletic as San Jose comes on for Herrera.
    • 72' Sporting desperately trying to find a way through but a misplaced pass sees an attack break down.
    • 71' Muniain fouls Capel and Sporting will use the free kick to try and pressure Athletic's defence...
    • 69' CHANCE FOR SPORTING! Izmailov curls a cross in from the right and it's perfect for Van Wolfswinkel, as Iraizoz comes but then hesitates. The Dutchman heads wide though, a great chance!!
    • 69' Sporting make a change as Carrillo comes on for Carrico.
    • 68' Susaeta lines up a free kick but slips at the crucial moment... Moments later he loops a header towards goal but the ball sails over the bar.
    • 65' Capel remains a real source of hope for Sporting, and they continue to send the ball through the Spaniard.
    • 64' Athletic looking comfortable in possession and frustrating their opponents a bit...
    • 62' Athletic really pushing Sporting now, after the home side had been on top for large spells before that goal.
    • 61' Izmailov is booked for a very late challenge on Muniain, and he'll miss the return leg.
    • 59' AMOREBIETA HITS THE POST! The ball comes in from a corner and the defender unleashes a shot from 15 yards, which strikes the inside of the left post and flies across the face of goal! So close to a second for the visitors!
    • 58' Athletic with the wind in their sails now after that goal and De Marcos almost gets a shot in after a ball over the top!
    • 57' Sporting pour forward as they seek an immediate response.
    • 55' Susaeta's free kick from the right wing finds the defender at the far post where, unmarked, he tucks away the ball with a superb first-time finish! An away goal for Athletic!
    • 54' GOAL FOR ATHLETIC!!! Aurtenetxe puts the away side in front!
    • 53' Sporting have penalty appeals turned away as Pereira's cross is blocked by Amorebieta. Screams for handball from all around, but it never was...
    • 51' Van Wolfswinkel wins a free kick out of Amorebieta as Sporting continue to pressure the Athletic defence.
    • 50' Insua goes for goal from a tight angle when he should have crossed! Iraizoz punches clear.
    • 50' Capel's pace causing plenty of problems for Athletic as he wins another free kick.
    • 49' Carrico fires a shot off target from 30 yards, when he probably could have brought the ball a bit further.
    • 48' Capel gets a good cross in from the right but Amorebieta is firm in his area to head clear.
    • 47' Free kick for Sporting as Martins wins a foul out of Herrera.
    • 46' KICK OFF! The second half is on!
    • 45' HALF TIME! Good first 45 minutes, goalless at the break! We'll be back shortly for the second half!
    • 45' INSUA FAILS AT THE CRUCIAL MOMENT! Athletic have a corner, the ball is cleared and Sporting counter. A final through ball is laid on for Insua, who falls as he tries to shoot under pressure!
    • 44' Athletic rounding the half off on the attack...
    • 43' VAN WOLFSWINKEL SHOOTS MARGINALLY WIDE! Great play from Sporting before the ball is laid off to the striker and he wallops a shot just wide of the left post!
    • 41' Sporting attack but Iraizoz easily takes a cross from the left wing...
    • 39' Perreira takes on Amorebieta down the right but the defender does a good job of shepherding him out of play.
    • 38' Corner for Sporting as Van Wolfswinkel gets in some good work. Martins' delivery is cleared though.
    • 36' Athletic come forward now but De Marcos is dispossessed. Herrera then loops a volley which Rui Patricio watches all the way before gathering comfortably.
    • 34' Sporting break and their attack ends with a shot from Pereira which flies into the side netting.
    • 33' Athletic break and Susaeta tries his luck with a long-range shot, but it's way off target.
    • 32' Iraola fouls Martins and Sporting have a free kick in a good spot. Martins curls the delivery in but Iraizoz gathers.
    • 31' Capel shows a great turn of pace again as he races through the middle before finally losing the ball on the edge of the area.
    • 29' Iturraspe brings down Martins with a terribly late foul, and is booked.
    • 27' Athletic biding their time in possession, working the ball forward slowly before De Marcos wins a throw deep in Sporting territory.
    • 25' The corner flies in but Amorebieta deals with it with a glancing header clear. The pressure remains on from Sporting though...
    • 24' Capel wins a corner after starting an attack for Sporting...
    • 23' The crowd boos as Athletic enjoy a couple of minutes of possession. Susaeta's misplaced pass hands the ball back to the home side.
    • 22' Martins fouls Muniain as the Athletic man tries to bring the ball clear from his own half.
    • 21' Sporting almost find a way through with some very intricate passing inside Athletic's area, but they just fal short with the final pass.
    • 19' A fairly lively opening 20 minutes or so...
    • 18' Insua gets a talking to from the referee after a late nibble at Capel.
    • 17' De Marcos with a neat turn and sprint in midfield. Such a shame he marked his card so early in this game with a booking...
    • 16' De Marcos does fantastically well to make a ball down the right and cut a cross in to the penalty spot, where it's cleared by Sporting.
    • 15' Athletic retain possession in midfield as they seek a way through...
    • 13' Llorente gets up well and powers a strong header just over the bar! Not that close but it was an opportunity nevertheless after the striker did the hard work of winning the header.
    • 12' Athletic venture forward and win a corner, as they attempt to test Sporting for the first time...
    • 11' De Marcos is booked for a poor late challenge on Capel. Badly misjudged that one, a booking as well, and he'll miss the second leg.
    • 9' SPORTING SHOOT JUST WIDE! Van Wolfswinkel turns and shoots inside the box after a decent ball in from the right by Pereira. Not far wide of the right post at all!
    • 8' Sporting come forward again but they just cannot find that telling final through ball.
    • 7' Schaars goes down heavily after being caught by De Marcos, but there didn't look too much in it.
    • 6' A good midfield battle going on early in this game.
    • 5' So the first chance of the game goes the home side's way. Athletic enjoy their first spell of continued possession afterwards.
    • 4' GOOD STOP FROM IRAIZOZ! Insua hammers a bullet of a shot on target and the Athletic keeper pounds it away with his fists.
    • 3' Free kick for Sporting in a promising position as Carrico is brought down just outside the area...
    • 2' Athletic pinned inside their own half for the opening couple of minutes, as both teams settle down with Sporting enjoying the possession.
    • 1' Sporting with an early surge forward and Ismailov tries his luck from distance but shoots well off target.
    • 20:06 KICK OFF! We're underway...
    • 20:04 Moments away from kick off now, as the two captains exchange pleasantries and the coin is tossed...
    • 20:02 The teams are out on the pitch and have lined up for the pre-game anthem...
    • 20:00 This one's close, and the bookmaker's can't split them: Odds for the tie as it stands are Sporting Lisbon 17/10, Athletic Bilbao 17/10, Draw 21/10
    • 19:55 Marcelo Bielsa (Athletic coach): "This is a big challenge but as glib as it sounds, all matches are important for us; equally important. All matches stir me, no matter who they are against. When the day comes that I am not enthused for a game it would concern me, but that is yet to happen."
    • 19:50 Sa Pinto (Sporting coach): "Athletic Bilbao are a quality team. They live and breathe as a team, with an intense rhythm for the full 90 minutes. It seems that nothing scares them, they are frenetic and high-paced. They have no interest in changing this set-up, no matter who they play."
    • 19:45 American defender Onyewu was expected to be absent for Sporting, but he's on the bench for the hosts, who recall Carrico to the starting line-up. For Bilbao it's a near full-strength side, with Muniain overcoming an eye problem to play, though Javi Martinez is suspended and Ekiza takes his place.
    • 19:40 SPORTING: Rui Patricio - Pereira, Polga, Xandao, Insua, Carrico, Schaars, Martins, Izmailov, Wolfswinkel, Capel /// ATHLETIC BILBAO: Iraizoz, Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe, Herrera, Iturraspe, De Marcos, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain
    • 19:35 This might have been a Manchester derby in the semi-finals - but Sporting Lisbon sunk Manchester City and Athletic Bilbao impressed by beating Manchester United earlier in the competition. As it stands, we have a fascinating match-up.
    • 19:30 Hello, good evening and welcome to live text commentary of the Europa League semi-final between Sporting Lisbon and Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
  • Summary

    • 84' Carrillo sends a rasping shot wide from 15 yards! Sporting threaten to add to their lead as the sub shoots inches wide!
    • 81' Fantastic strike from the Sporting man! Izmailov races forward, and lays the ball inside for his team-mate. Capel takes a touch, and from 25 yards or so sends an absolute beauty into the bottom right corner! 2-1 to Sporting!
    • 80' GOAL FOR SPORTING! Capel gives the home side the lead!
    • 77' The ball comes in, it's held up and Insua runs from outside the area to power a header past Rui Patricio to make it 1-1!
    • 76' GOAL FOR SPORTING!! Insua levels for the home side!
    • 69' CHANCE FOR SPORTING! Izmailov curls a cross in from the right and it's perfect for Van Wolfswinkel, as Iraizoz comes but then hesitates. The Dutchman heads wide though, a great chance!!
    • 59' AMOREBIETA HITS THE POST! The ball comes in from a corner and the defender unleashes a shot from 15 yards, which strikes the inside of the left post and flies across the face of goal! So close to a second for the visitors!
    • 55' Susaeta's free kick from the right wing finds the defender at the far post where, unmarked, he tucks away the ball with a superb first-time finish! An away goal for Athletic!
    • 54' GOAL FOR ATHLETIC!!! Aurtenetxe puts the away side in front!
    • 50' Insua goes for goal from a tight angle when he should have crossed! Iraizoz punches clear.
    • 45' INSUA FAILS AT THE CRUCIAL MOMENT! Athletic have a corner, the ball is cleared and Sporting counter. A final through ball is laid on for Insua, who falls as he tries to shoot under pressure!
    • 43' VAN WOLFSWINKEL SHOOTS MARGINALLY WIDE! Great play from Sporting before the ball is laid off to the striker and he wallops a shot just wide of the left post!
    • 34' Sporting break and their attack ends with a shot from Pereira which flies into the side netting.
    • 13' Llorente gets up well and powers a strong header just over the bar! Not that close but it was an opportunity nevertheless after the striker did the hard work of winning the header.
    • 9' SPORTING SHOOT JUST WIDE! Van Wolfswinkel turns and shoots inside the box after a decent ball in from the right by Pereira. Not far wide of the right post at all!
    • 4' GOOD STOP FROM IRAIZOZ! Insua hammers a bullet of a shot on target and the Athletic keeper pounds it away with his fists.
    • 19:40 SPORTING: Rui Patricio - Pereira, Polga, Xandao, Insua, Carrico, Schaars, Martins, Izmailov, Wolfswinkel, Capel /// ATHLETIC BILBAO: Iraizoz, Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe, Herrera, Iturraspe, De Marcos, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain

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