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Europa League|KAA Gent 3-1 SPORTING, Gent, 04.11.2010, Group C Round 4

Sporting look to bring European form home
Wednesday 3 November 2010
by José Nuno Pimentel from Lisbon
in uefa.com


On fire in the UEFA Europa League, Sporting Clube de Portugal can only hope their at-times drab domestic performances can start to match the sizzling displays they bring to Group C.


Coach Paulo Sérgio once felt compelled to tell reporters that Sporting Clube de Portugal were not a different side in European competition, but with their Liga form now starting to match their UEFA Europa League heroics the Lions may soon be roaring on all fronts.

Sporting travel to KAA Gent in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday as the group stage's 12-goal top scorers, supported by three Group C wins. Given they nearly missed out on this phase of the tournament – losing 2-0 at home to Brøndby IF in the play-offs before progressing with a 3-0 win in Copenhagen secured by Yannick Djaló's added-time strike – it seems Sporting have been born again in Europe. Their domestic results, however, have lagged behind.

Having beaten Gent 5-1 in Lisbon three days earlier, Sporting went into their 24 October Liga game against Rio Ave FC sitting tenth in the table. They won that match and the subsequent one at UD Leiria to go fourth, albeit ten points behind leaders FC Porto. "We are not a different side in Europe," Paulo Sérgio said. "We have had no luck in the Liga, as our performances have been no different from in the Europa League. The results, yes."

However, if Sporting have appeared unbeatable in Group C, that impression is not yet shared by the players, who have shown wise caution in the run-up to the Gent rematch where victory would put them in the round of 32. Striker Carlos Saleiro said: "We played well at home to Gent but they can play better than they did at the Alvalade. The win gave us a lift but also showed we have to continue in the same way. We want to secure qualification in Belgium."

Few have enjoyed Sporting's European nights as much as forward Hélder Postiga. The 28-year-old Portuguese international has scored in all three Group C games, in stark contrast to his league form; he has netted just once in Portugal's top division since the start of the 2009/10 season. "We are doing a very good job in the Europa League," he said. "We know what we want to achieve – to win this match and get as far we can in the competition."

Paulo Sérgio said after Gent's Matchday 3 visit: "We are still improving. We have three matches left and will look to win them all. I don't care about the points we already have." Now, with Sporting's league form revived, he is starting to have a similar can-do attitude to domestic fixtures. "We can recover," he said. "Porto will drop points. Our performances haven't been so bad as to merit the amount of points we have dropped. We have to look forward and make up for lost time."

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Paulo Sérgio hinted on the pre-match press conference that although this would be a game that we want to win in order to book a place in the Last 32, there would be space for some players that have had less playing time this season, and looking at the official starting line-up that is confirmed.

Hildebrand, Nuno André Coelho, Zapater, Yannick Djaló and Saleiro are all back in the starting XI and we will see the debut of another young promising Portuguese player made in the best academy of our country - Cédric Soares.

Hildebrand
Abel - Nuno André Coelho - Torsiglieri - Evaldo
Zapater - André Santos
Cédric ---------------- Diogo Salomão
Saleiro - Yannick Djaló

Subs: Tiago, Daniel Carriço, João Pereira, Maniche, Jaime Valdés, Vukcevic and Hélder Postiga.

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Unbelievable miss by Saleiro after only 5'

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1-0 to gent from the spot by Smolders after Abel pushed one of their players inside the box. It was the first time Gent crossed the midfield line but it was a clear penalty.

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Great save by Hildebrand from a very dangerous freekick. We started better but the goal gave Gent a lift.

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Cedric already had two good chances to score but we could feel his nerves from here.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

SALEIRO!!!! 1-1

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Great cross by Cedric from the right and Saleiro finished with a clinical header on the top right corner.

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And there's a big Sporting fans section in the stadium, as usual in Europe

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Gent 1-1 SPORTING at HT

Even playing with what we could call our B-team it's more than obvious the huge difference of class existing between the two sides. Gent could only create any sort of danger from a few set pieces caused by some useless fouls, one of those committed inside our box. Apart from that it was only Sporting, and although we only had a couple of real clear goal chances, we already did enough to be ahead in the score.

Saleiro and Djaló have been both poor and Zapater is no Maniche but Cedric was very active in his debut game for the first team, one that is already marked by a goal assist.

I believe that we will end up winning this one, thus booking our place in the Last 32 already tonight.

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Good counter by Sporting but Salomão shot over the bar

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At 59' first sub for us with Postiga coming in for Cedric

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and at 69' Jaime Valdés comes in for Saleiro

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And now at 76' Abel has one of his usual brain farts committing a completely useless foul, seeing a second yellow and leaving us playing with 10 men for the last 15' of a game that we should be winning by now. :rollani:

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João Pereira comes in for Salomão for the RB position

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and at 80' Gent does 2-1 by Conté...from a hole in the right side of our defence.

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3-1 at 83' by Arbeitman. After this second half I do think we deserve this.

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Gent 3-1 SPORTING FT

A very poor second half from our side crowned with a shot in our own foot by Abel gave Gent the chance to come into a match that they should never have won. We took it for granted that we would beat this very average team and we paid for it. In spite of it we are still comfortably sitting on top of this Group C with 9 points, with a 4 points advantage over the second placed Lille. I just hope that this team faces the last two games of this group with a very different attitude from the one they've showed tonight.

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We missed a good chance to solidify our 6th rank UEFA ranking.
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We missed a good chance to solidify our 6th rank UEFA ranking.
I haven't heard you say that when your club lost at Schalke and Lyon but that's understandable. In any case we are still 6th and will remain there after this matchday.

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