Thursday, February 24, 2005

Sporting Lisbon in UEFA Cup final 16

Sporting Lisbon produced two spectacular second half goals to send Feyenoord packing from the UEFA Cup.

Feyenoord deserved to go packing because of their fan’s behavior. Throwing fireworks at the opposing goalkeeper should have had the match called off.

The referee’s leniency was also evident on the pitch, producing only one yellow card in a match with numerous rash tackles.

Liedson, who leads the Portuguese league in scoring, was the first goalscorer beating the offside trap into space and chipping sweetly over the keeper. Contrasting that goal was the second goal by Fabio Rochemback from a free kick. He smashed the ball so hard from 20 meters that the goalkeeper couldn’t stop a shot which was almost right above his head.

Feyenoord grabbed a late consolation goal but the aggregate of 4-2 was way too much work to do in the ten minutes left.
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