Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Marítimo 1-0 Sporting at HT
Terrible first half from our side. The team seems really tired with most of the players that had such a good performance just 3 days ago clearly showing signs that they should at least have had some 24 hours more to recover. Tactically there are also some dubious options from Domingos, although most of them are due to the absences due to injury. The two CBs are playing together for the first time and as they are the same type of player - very tall, good in the air but not made to run back after speedy forwards - they have been constantly caught by Marítimo's offensive line. In the midfield Pereirinha is null, Elias, Rinaudo and Matias seem knackered and Carrillo is never the same guy when he plays on the left.
We need to change a lot if we want to take something out of this game. Schaars and Izmailov should come in right after the break, as even if both are coming back from injuries they surely could bring something positive to the team. I wouldn't be surprised though if Domingos prefers to take off Pereirinha and bring on Evaldo advancing Insúa to the left flank.
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