Turin: Sporting Lisbon stormed back from a goal down to beat Newcastle United 4-1 and qualify for the UEFA Cup semi-finals for the first time in 14 years. The English club, 1-0 up from the first leg, seemed to be cruising when England midfielder Kieron Dyer put them in front after 20 minutes. Sporting, though, hit back to equalise through striker Marius Nicolae before halftime and turned the tie around after the interval with goals by Sa Pinto (71 minutes), Beto (77) and Fabio Rochemback in stoppage time to seal a 4-2 aggregate win. The Portuguese side will play Dutch team AZ Alkmaar in the two-legged semi-finals and a victory would put them in a final to be played at their own Alvalade stadium.
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