Lisbon beat Feyenoord 2-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Sporting Lisbon recorded a 2-1 victory in the second leg of their UEFA Cup encounter with Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Thursday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
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Sporting Lisbon recorded a 2-1 victory in the second leg of their UEFA Cup encounter with Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Thursday. The Portuguese side brought a 2-1 lead from the first leg with them and ought to have added to that as early as the 11th minute. Rogerio's clever pass put Ricardo Sa Pinto through on goal, but an alert Patrick Lodewijks in the Feyenoord goal rushed out to deny the striker. Repeated interruptions Four minutes later, Feyenood created their own chance at the other end, Dirk Kuijt latching on to Salomon Kalou's pass, but this time the Sporting 'keeper Ricardo did enough to keep the score-sheet blank. The kick-off had been delayed for some minutes after a firework was thrown onto the pitch and on 20 minutes another flare landed close to Ricardo and exploded. Again the match was held up, much to the frustration of the majority of supporters and indeed the Feyenood coach, Ruud Gullit. Crucial moment Ricardo was able to continue after some treatment and was grateful that there was little further action in front of his goal, Kalou's wasteful blast over the top on the half hour the only exception. The crucial moment of the game took place 18 minutes into the second half. Sporting's Brazilian striker Liedson sprang the Feyenoord offside trap and scooped the ball over the advancing Lodewijks to open the scoring. Angry reaction The goal produced a furious reaction among a section of the home support, who began to throw whatever they could find at the celebrating Sporting players. Joseph Enakarhire could be seen catching what appeared to be a cigarette lighter above his left eye. German referee Florian Meyer took the unusual step of taking the players from the field to allow the crowd to calm down and once again the match was held up, this time by more than10 minutes. 'Poetic justice' There was some poetic justice upon the resumption though, as Fabio Rochemback's thunderous free-kick on 82 minutes effectively put the outcome beyond doubt. Feyenoord then needed to score four goals in eight minutes to go into the last 16, and although Nicky Hofs grabbed a consolation, it finished 2-1 to Sporting and 4-2 on aggregate. Sporting will now take on Middlesbrough of the English Premier League for a place in the quarterfinals. Feyenoord have little to look forward to now this season - apart from a heavy sanction from UEFA for the misbehaviour of their fans. (AP)

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