Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
Horrible first half from our side. It's true that we are missing 4 regular starters (Boulahrouz, Rojo, Rinaudo and Carrillo) but the alternatives are just too poor. Cédric goes on having a woeful season, Xandão and Dier are playing together as CBs for the first time, the midfield trio is a non-entity being difficult to pick which one was worse between Pranjic, Gelson and the absolutely atrocious Elias. Upfront Labyad is once again hiding from the game leaving all the attacking work to three players: Insúa, Capel and van Wolfswinkel.
Nacional was better until the goal and deserved the lead. Sporting reacted, could have had a penalty, but it never created that much danger. We have no midfield, no intensity, no speed. It's difficult to see what those in the bench could do to change this. Maybe Esgaio could come in but this match seems to be another nail on the 2012/13 coffin.
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