Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Europa League |Gr.D| R5| SPORTING 1-1 Heerenveen, Alvalade, 03.12.2009
In the first European game under Carlos Carvalhal's management Sporting needs only one point to win Group D and continue to increase the levels of confidence that the team has been showing in the last couple of matches.
There are no better opponents for us in Europe than the Dutch so I believe this game will be no exception and I also believe that we will win.
Carvalhal's call has two majour highlights:
- the long awaited return to competition after 7 months of absence due to injury of Russian midfielder Marat Izmailov, one of those silent characters that only when he is not around one realises how crucially important he is in the good flow of our game.
- the inclusion of Serbian keeper Vladimir Stojkovic, who was completely out of the squad under Paulo Bento but who seems to be in normal terms with CC.
Here is the complete list of players called for the match starting at 21:05 CET:
Rui Patrício and Stojkovic.
Pedro Silva, Tonel, Daniel Carriço, Anderson Polga, Marco Caneira and Grimi.
Adrien Silva, Miguel Veloso, Marat Izmailov, Bruno Pereirinha, Joăo Moutinho and Matías Fernández.
Liedson, Hélder Postiga, Saleiro and Caicedo.
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