Red card for Platt

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The Independent Online
David Platt was sent off for a rash tackle two minutes from the end of extra time in Sampdoria's European Cup-Winners' Cup quarter-final second leg away to Porto last night. However his team-mates saved his blushes by holding on to win 1-0 on the night and take the tie, level on aggregate at 1-1, into a penalty shoot-out, which they won 5-3.

The decider proved a miserable reminder for Porto's coach, Bobby Robson, of England's World Cup exit in 1990. The player Platt had fouled to earn the red card, Porto's Trinidad and Tobago international Russel Latapy, had his spot kick saved by Walter Zenga, and that was the only penalty missed.

Feyenoord were not as fortunate as Sampdoria. They had Peter Bosz and the Hungarian Jozsef Kiprich dismissed in the last five minutes of a stormy match in Spain that Real Zaragoza won 2-0 to go through to the last four 2-1 on aggregate.

The Argentinian Juan Esnaider scored the decisive goal with an acrobatic volley from the edge of the penalty area in the 72nd minute. Miguel Pardeza had put Real Zaragoza ahead 14 minutes earlier.

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