Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
SPORTING 1-0 FC Zurich at HT
A relaxed first half with Sporting showing without too many problems the huge difference of quality that exists between the two sides. Stats are worth what they are worth but 11-0 in shots clearly states that class gap.
The presences of Daniel Carrico as DM again, after his weak showing against Benfica, André Martins, in the place of Elias, and Bojinov instead of Carrillo, were the main novelties of this line-up.
Daniel was active but very limited technically as always. Bojinov had one or two nice details but he really needs to start scoring some goals to get hisconfidence back. André Martins was excellent, leading the midfield and providing that quality in the pass that both Elias and Matías can give when on that position. Diego Capel was once again decisive in completely destabilising the opposite defense (poor Magnin!) and van Wolfswinkel was very good in the way he finished.
For the second half I would bring on André Santos for Carrico and Diego Rubio for sure.
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