Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
1-1 at HT
Sporting started in a demolishing way and rightly reached the 1-0 through Liedson who scored one of the greatest goals that I remember having seen in the many clássicos that I've watched.
As it has been unfortunately the case so many times this season, we took completely the foot off the pedal after being ahead on the score and gave the initiative to Benfica who, in spite of that, only managed to create danger once on an open situation and a second time after one of several non-existing free kicks won by the duo of red ballerinas Pablita & Gitanita.
Their goal came from one of those brain farts that afflict our experienced CB Anderson Polga and it was indeed a penalty - just like it was indeed a penalty the blatant handball of Maxi Pereira that stopped a deadly curled shot by Izmailov. The difference was that, obviously, this time, Olegário didn't see it.
I feel we still can win this game, in spite of all the odds.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”