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Europa League |Gr.D|R2| SPORTING 1-0 Hertha Berlin, Alvalade, 01.10.2009

Sporting scent an end to German drought
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Group D leaders after a 3-2 win in their opening match at SC Heerenveen, Sporting Clube de Portugal may see the visit of Hertha BSC Berlin as the perfect opportunity to end their long wait for a first win against German opposition. Yet they should be wary of a visiting Hertha side smarting from a 1-1 draw with unfancied FK Ventspils.

Previous meetings
• Sporting and Hertha are meeting for the first time. Sporting have never beaten a German club in 16 UEFA club competition games, with their previous eight attempts at home producing four draws and four defeats. Hertha's two previous trips to Portugal both ended in 1-0 losses.

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• Sporting made it all the way through to the 2004/05 UEFA Cup final following their only group stage appearance. However, they lost the showpiece 3-1 to PFC CSKA Moskva at their own Estádio José Alvalade. Hertha competed in two UEFA Cup group stage campaigns, reaching the round of 32 in the 2005/06 edition but missing the cut last season.

• Sporting's win at Heerenveen ended a run of four straight draws in UEFA competition this season. Draws in their last two European home games came after two humiliating defeats in Lisbon in the UEFA Champions League last season – a 5-2 loss to FC Barcelona was followed by a 5-0 drubbing against Hertha's Bundesliga rivals FC Bayern München.

• Hertha have gone four games without a European away win since a 2-0 victory at NK IB Ljubljana in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup second qualifying round. They have lost their last two fixtures on the road.

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• Sporting coach Paulo Bento is a former midfielder who was surprisingly handed the first-team job midway through the 2005/06 campaign after a spell as a youth coach. His team's success in winning two Portuguese Cups and two Super Cups earned him the nickname 'Papa-Taças' (Cup Eater).

• Hertha dismissed 24-times capped Swiss international Lucien Favre as their coach on Monday, with Sunday's 5-1 loss at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim their sixth in a row in the league under the former FC Lausanne-Sport, Neuchâtel Xamax FC, Servette FC and Toulouse FC player, who won two titles as coach of FC Zürich prior to joining Hertha in 2007.

• His stand-in replacement is Karsten Heine, a former 1. FC Union Berlin and Stahl Brandenburg midfielder who had been working as coach of Hertha's Under-23 amateur team. This is the 54-year-old's fourth spell as the club's caretaker boss. His greatest achievement came as he led Hertha's amateur team to the 1993 German Cup final, where they lost 1-0 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

• Hertha's Brazilian defender Kaká knows all about Portuguese football, having represented Sporting's Liga rivals A. Académica de Coimbra from 2006 to 2008.

• Sporting reserve goalkeeper Ricardo Batista and Hertha custodian Jaroslav Drobný were team-mates at Fulham FC in the 2005/06 season, though neither made a first-team appearance in the Premier League during their time in London.

• Sporting visit Ventspils on Matchday 3, while Hertha host Heerenveen on the same night, 22 October.

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Sporting's official line-up:

Rui Patrício
Abel - Tonel - Daniel Carriço - Miguel Veloso
Adrien Silva
João Moutinho - Vukcevic
Matías Fernández
Caicedo - Liedson


Bench: Tiago, Grimi, Pereirinha, Angulo, Yannick Djaló, Hélder Postiga and Saleiro.

FORÇA SPORTING!!!!

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Caicedo at 10' has a raging bull move but the keeper saves near the post.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OO!!!!!!!!!!!!

1-0 ADRIEEEEEEN!!!!

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The kid showing how it's done! It's true that his shot was deflected but he went up to a shooting position and did it.

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See what I mean, the boy plays and instantly makes an impact. ****ing love this Adrien, immense potential.

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SPORTING 1-0 Hertha at HT

A very pale first half by Sporting that never seemed to be in control of a match played against a team that, if playing in our League, would probably be involved in the relegation battle. The team goes on showing signs of a complete lack of "tranquilidade", which is something apparently chronic this season.

Still, it was refreshing to see our aerial game improving, in both ends, thanks to Tonel, and the breath of fresh air brought by Adrien Silva in the midfield, who not only because of the goal, showed a kind of mobility always absent when other players occupied the DM position this season.

Hopefully the 2nd half will show a bit better football from our side, as this is really a must win one.

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Paulo Bento changes the midfield at HT: Matigol is subbed by Pereirinha. So, our midfield will look like this...

Adrien
Pereirinha - Vukcevic
Moutinho

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This 2nd half was not better than the first so far. At 68' Yannick comes in for Caicedo. Good sub.

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Now Yannick has a great ride but, as usual, in the end misses the final pass.

Last sub for us: Grimi in for Vukcevic.

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On the 90th minute Hertha strikes the crossbar.

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And to crown a disastrous 2nd half, Adrien sees a second yellow on added time. :rollani:

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SPORTING 1-0 Hertha - FT
(Adrien Silva 18')

A very poor second half from Sporting that could only be saved by an even poorer opponent. The team is nervous, the "fans" are obviously not helping and there is absolutely no space for errors.

Nevertheless, the truth is that, at the 17th attempt, we bloody managed to beat a German side in Europe and we have a very comfortable lead in this group stage, with 6 points out of 6.

One final word to Adrien, our best player tonight, showed enough service to grab the DM place and keep Veloso at LB.

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I told you Hertha would be a relatively easy task.
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I told you Hertha would be a relatively easy task.
True...but it could have been so much easier if we would have played half of what we are capable of...instead of 10% of it.

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Well if there was any time to beat the German hoodoo Hertha was the head brought on the platter for Sporting although the game report doesn't sound completely comfortable for Sporting. Hertha are the ultimate team in crisis atm.

Good group for Sporting this one and sitting comfortably on top.
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Indeed the match was so horrible that I turned on learning Latin instead of watching it in the second half.
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Well if there was any time to beat the German hoodoo Hertha was the head brought on the platter for Sporting although the game report doesn't sound completely comfortable for Sporting. Hertha are the ultimate team in crisis atm.

Good group for Sporting this one and sitting comfortably on top.
You're right, it was not a comfortable win because we keep playing in a puzzling Masoch style.

This draw was probably the only good thing that happened to us so far this season.

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Indeed the match was so horrible that I turned on learning Latin instead of watching it in the second half.
In spite of this game's low quality I don't think you have to exaggerate to those levels.

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so its true...it was a terrible game huh?

i didnt see it, nor ours (sadly ) , but was unfortunate enough to have a teasing lizard by my side all the time

so is that adrien silva as exciting as they say?

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