Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
0-0 at HT
A dull first half with Belenenses obviously inspired by Benfica's parked bus tactics. We had 68% of ball possession but in terms of goal chances things were balanced: they had two plucky goal chances, one very well saved by Rui Patrício and the other going wide very close to the post, and we had two good shots by Schaars.
This score is also our fault as we are playing slowly and the option for Carriço instead of André Santos as DM, particularly in this type of game, really does not convince me, as he has no technical capacity to take responsibility for the attacking transitions, which he should be doing tonight as the two midfielders are being man marked all over the pitch. Bojinov is also back to his invisble mode and that obviously doesn't help.
We need some Peruvian spice to break this bank.
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