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Liga R24| SPORTING 0-0 União Leiria; Alvalade, 19.03.2011

With the electoral campaign boiling we almost forget that there is still a league going on. This is the last game before the elections as when the league comes back on 3 April, after an international break, we will already have a new president.

The 4 home games that we need to play before the end of the season are all must win ones, this if we want to keep the 3rd place. If we win today we will travel to Guimarães with a 7 points cushion over Vitória and will keep the other pretenders at a fair distance.

The way the team has been playing leaves almost no hope that we will show something in any way different from what happened in the overwhleming majority of matches this season but there's always hope that these muppets realise who they are playing for.

Here's Couceiro's starting XI for tonight...

Rui Patrício
João Pereira - Polga - Torsiglieri - Evaldo
André Santos - Zapater
Yannick Djaló - Matías Fernández - Diogo Salomão
Hélder Postiga


Subs: Tiago, Abel, Daniel Carriço, Jaime Valdés, Cristiano, Vukcevic, Saleiro.

Good to see Salomão in the starting line-up but odd to see the continuous trust on Djaló.

Games starts at 21:15 CET

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Incredible Djaló...taking the ball from Salomao when he was going to shoot on goal.

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Djaló, again. One on one with the keeper...and passes the ball to him.

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Great chance for Sporting with Postiga's header saved in extremis by the keeper.

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Another huge chance for us this time Matias finishing and Mika with a fantastic save

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One more great chance for Sporting after a brilliant work on the left by Matias but this time one of their CBs saved for a corner. We are playing much better tonight than in the last games.

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0-0 at HT

A good first half by Sporting that is not ahead on the score only because of the excellent display of the young Leiria keeper Mika. We obviously are not playing great football but we did show some nice moves mainly because of the speed of Salomão and the skills of Matías. A shame we are playing with one man down, because zero is what Djaló is worth. Valdés should come in.

Leiria has been woeful. One shot 10 metres from our goal in 45'.

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Polga almost scores from a corner but a defender saved on the goal line.

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at 58' we start playing 11 vs 11. Djaló OUT. Vukcevic IN

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And the festival of missed chances goes on. In 2' two great chances missed by Vuk and Matias.

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At 66' Couceiro brings on Valdés but is Salomão who goes off. Ridiculous.

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One more super save after a great shot by Jaime Valdés.

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at 76' Saleiro replaces André Santos

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FFS it's too much bad luck. Postiga had the goal done but some last grasp defending of one of their CBs saved it.

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And Postiga once again misses a great chance heading wide from very close.

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Pathetic Vukcevic.

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Now Leiria almost did what so many times happens in this type of games... If you don't kill you get killed. Rui saved our asses with a great save.

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Matias missed the last goal chance heading wide by very little.

0-0 FT

A very disappointing score because tonight we really did more than enough to deserve the 3 points. It was written that the ball was not going in tonight although obviously that if we had just a tad more quality inside the opponent's box it would not have been difficult to bury at least one of the endless chances we've managed to create.

Couceiro was at fault for fielding the mindbogglingly bad Djaló in the starting XI, for taking too long to replace him and for taking off Salomão. But it's not his fault that the only other forward besides Postiga we have on the squad is that guy called Saleiro or that Vukcevic has one brain cell.

It will be unbelievable if we manage to finish in 3rd place this year.

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Yikes...

A VENCER DESDE 1893

Oh lampião, levaste 5 no Dragão, nunca te esquecerás desta grande humilhação!

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