SLB 1-0 SCP at HT
A very balanced first half with Sporting starting very strongly denying the pre-match claims of Jorge Jesus that we would be going there to "defend and play in the counter". In the first half an hour we had more attacks, more shots and overall more control of the midfield, even if the inclusion of Carrico doesn't seem to be the best solution to stop Aimar.
Schaars and van Wolfswinkel had dangerous chances, both from set pieces and from open play and we've managed to sustain Benfica's fast counters without too much trouble. Bad luck for us with Matias being forced to go out at 24' as even if Carrillo would probably come in later in the game, this was a blow for Domingos' game plan.
Benfica had a good chance from a corner by Gaitan and scored a goal that came from the sky on a dead ball situation 3 minutes before the break.
The ref had the luck of not having any hot situation inside any of the boxes but it's been a complete homer in every single divided ball. That yellow card to Elias after one minute will stay in the folklore of the derbies. :rollani:
In the second half Domingos should take Carrico out - he is on a yellow and he is simply not a DM. André Santos is a soft player but at least he knows how to position himself better and is better with ball.
How much we are missing Fito Rinaudo on this one...