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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:

Goalkeepers:
Rui Patrício and Stojkovic.

Defenders:
Pedro Silva, Tonel, Daniel Carriço, Anderson Polga, Marco Caneira and Grimi.

Midfielders:
Adrien Silva, Miguel Veloso, Marat Izmailov, Bruno Pereirinha, Joăo Moutinho and Matías Fernández.

Forwards:
Liedson, Hélder Postiga, Saleiro and Caicedo.

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Official line-up is out and according to UEFA.com we'll be back to the diamond:

Rui Patrício
Pedro Silva - Daniel Carriço - Polga - Caneira
Adrien Silva
Joăo Moutinho - Miguel Veloso
Matias Fernández
Liedson - Hélder Postiga

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4' Liedson steals the ball between a defender and the keeper but the latter manages to save for a corner.

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After all, there's no diamond, we're playing in a 4x2x3x1. The midfield/attack is looking like this:

Moutinho - Adrien
Matias - Postiga - Veloso
Liedson

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Horrible boring game so far.

In fact most of the Europa league games have been a disappointment.

Bring on the knock-out stages!


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0-0 HT

Very dull first half mostly due to Sporting's attitude which has been little more than playing for the draw. It's true that one point is enough for us to, not only qualify to the knockout stage, but even win the group, which means that the initiative in the game should be on Heerenveen's side, but as they are once again showing to be such a crap team, we should be easily winning this one.

Moutinho, Veloso and Liedson were all OK while Matias was our worst player, constantly slowing down the flow of our attacking game. Let's hope we can see Izmailov coming back to football to bring some new blood to this game.

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Bring on the knock-out stages!
Yeah! With Feyenoord and Spurs notoriously absent, who will you be cheering for?

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Two substitutions in Sporting at HT:

Grimi IN for Caneira
Izmailov IN for Matias

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Yeah! With Feyenoord and Spurs notoriously absent, who will you be cheering for?
Sporting

Personally I'm hoping that Ajax, PSV and Twente at least get interesting opponents cos the games (bar some of Twentes) so far have been boring.

and lol Heerenveen have just scored wtf


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46' 0-1 for Heerenveen. Assaidi easily beating Pedro Silva (who doesn't?) and finishes with a good shot.

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Ridiculous yellow card to Liedson now.

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Great save by the Dutch keeper from a Liedson header.

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oh man. izmailiv is looking good atm.

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79' Postiga (finally) is subbed by Caicedo

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What happened? do you guys only play well against us?
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

1-1 GRIMI!

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and still undefeated

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1-1 FT

We have deservedly won our group but did it in the most pathetic of ways. Horrible game with a first half completely wasted and a second that showed a tired and uninspired performance by just about everybody.

Anyway, I really love to play against Dutch teams.

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What happened? do you guys only play well against us?
Thanks for the jinx :smileani:

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To be fair one word must go to Izmailov. He obviously lacked ryhthm but you could see that we have there a huge boost to our midfield options. At least something good came out of this game.

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