Champions League play-off: FCSB defeated by Sporting Lisbon 1-5

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Romanian vice-champions FCSB have failed to qualify to the Champions League groups, being defeated Wednesday evening 1-5 (1-1) by Sporting Lisbon in Bucharest.

Scorers: Seydou Doumbia (13th min.), Marcos Acuna (60th min.), Gelson Martins (64th min.), Bas Dost (75th min.) and Rodrigo Battaglia (88th min.) for Sporting Lisbon and respectively Junior Morais (20th min.) for FCSB.

Statements after the match:

Jorge Jesus, Sporting CP coach: “Tonight we did some beautiful things in attack. I selected [Seydou] Doumbia over Bas Dost for two reasons, firstly because [Dost] put in a huge effort at the weekend and needed extra time to recover, and secondly because Seydou offered us different characteristics in attack. But when Dost came on the game looked easy for him and we scored a lot of goals. Now that we are into the group stage our objective is to enjoy the tournament, to be realistic and face the tournament with humility. Obviously, we will try to get as far as possible.”

Junior Morais, FCSB: “The first half was played on the same level. We were better than them after we scored, but we were not focused in the second half. We played well 80 minutes in Lisbon and 45 minutes here. But Sporting are a very good team and we all made mistakes. Our target is to qualify for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Europa League.”

Denis Alibec, FCSB captain: “It was 1-1 at half-time and we still had chances, but to concede four goals in the second half is too much. I think we lacked courage and attitude. I don’t know why this happened. We lost in a shameful way and we go now in the UEFA Europa League. Sporting is a team which could have been defeated, they have players with bigger experience, but we defeated ourselves. We apologise to our fans who came tonight”.

Attendance: 49,214;

Teams:

FCSB: 1. Florin Niță — 44. Gabriel Enache, 6. Ionuț Larie, 15. Marko Momcilovic, 12. Junior Morais — 23. Ovidiu Popescu, 8. Lucian Filip — 80. Filipe Teixeira, 11. Constantin Budescu (10. Florin Tănase, 46th min.), 22. Cătălin Golofca (9. Harlem Gnohéré, 62nd min.) — 7. Denis Alibec (captain; 98. Dennis Man, 81st min.). Coach: Nicolae Dică.

Sporting: 1. Rui Patrício — 92. Cristiano Piccini, 4. Sebastian Coates, 22. Jérémy Mathieu, 5. Fabio Coentrao — 16. Rodrigo Battaglia — 8. Bruno Fernandes, 23. Adrien Silva (captain; 25. Radosav Petrovic, 71st min.) 9. Marcos Acuna, 77. Gelson Martins (11. Bruno César, 80th min.) — 88. Seydou Doumbia (28. Bas Dost, 59th min.). Coach: Jorge Jesus.

 

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