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Europa League, PlayOff, 1st Leg| FC Nordsjaelland 0-0 SPORTING| Farum (DEN), 18.08.20

UEFA Europa League 2011/12

Play Off - First Leg

Thursday, 18 August 2011, 20:00 CET
Farum Park, Farum (DEN)




FC Nordsjaelland (DEN) vs SPORTING CP

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Kick-off of Sporting's 2011/12 European season is about to happen in a familiar place. We have beaten this same Danish side last season with a couple of wins (1-0 in Denmark and 2-1 in Alvalade) so it is obvious that we are again favourites to do the same.

Line-up is out:

Rui Patrício
João Pereira (c) - Polga - Rodríguez - Evaldo
Rinaudo
André Santos - Schaars
Jeffrén - Hélder Postiga - Yannick Djaló



Subs: Marcelo Boeck, Onyewu, Izmailov, Diego Capel,
Matías Fernández, van Wolfswinkel and Diego Rubio.

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Postiga, please, go to Besiktas.

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First 10' brought us two silly gifts by FCN's defense but both were not taken.

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Jeffrén has been our most dangerous player so far with shots on goal saved by the keeper.

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Not surprisingly this was a very uneventful first half with Sporting controlling the game but being pretty much harmless upfront. One does not need to have a football managing diploma to realise that with this line-up we are in practice playing with 8 players as our left side plus our so called forward are an absolute bonus for the opposing team.

To make things worst we insisted in playing through the left flank of our attack which means we gave the Danes the possibility to solve very easily any hypothetical danger.

Not surprisingly also the fact that the only two times that we did create some danger came from...the right flank where João Pereira and Jeffrén keep promising a lot.

Hopefully Domingos will cut the crap and bring on Diego Capel and Diego Rubio or even RvW to stick a couple of balls in the back of the net and solve this bloody tie.

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And Domingos does make a change, bringing in Izmailov for...Jeffrén. :rollani:

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At 50' Postiga runs 50 metres alone with the ball faces the keeper on his own and.....shoots wide. Normal.

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At 59', after another 15' of pain, Domingos takes off André Santos and bring on Matias. Good move this time.

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Why is Postiga starting or even playing when he's likely leaving? Does this mean he will stay?

I would think that van Wolfswinkel should be playing.

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Finally! At 68' Diego Rubio IN for Postiga.

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FCN now had a couple of very good chances, one of them from a very dangerous freekick but they wasted them. Both completely self-inflicted, helped by a very slow and uninspired performance by Sporting tonight.

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Another poor display in this second half with Sporting never showing any real intention of imposing the necessary rhythm to win this game. Domingos didn't really help with his initial line-up and also with his substitutions. Izmailov and Matias are still physically very far from their best and giving them the whole responsibility to lead our attacking transitions was not really a brilliant idea. If we have a deep squad he might as well start using it.

In any case I don't think we will have much trouble in beating this organised but very average Danish side in Alvalade.

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Good draw away from home, puts you in a position to advance at home.

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