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Liga ZON Sagres 2011/12
Round 22

Sunday, 11 March 2012
Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon




SPORTING CP vs Vitória de Guimarães

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Only 72 hours after making history against one of the best teams in the world, Sporting is back in league action to face 6th placed Vitória de Guimarães. It's a tough game, because it's coming in between what are probably the two most difficult matches of the season for us, and also because it is a true test to the mental strength of this squad.

Sá Pinto is on a high, let's see if the team is going to follow him.

List of 19 players called:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício and Marcelo Boeck;

Defenders: Daniel Carriço, Anderson Polga, Evaldo, João Pereira and Xandão;

Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Diego Capel, Matías Fernández, Jeffrén, Bruno Pereirinha, André Santos, André Martins and Elias;

Forwards: Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Seba Ribas and Diego Rubio.

Rodriguez and Rinaudo are still out injured. Insúa and Carrillo are suspended. Jeffrén is back from injury.
 

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Line-up is out:

Rui Patrício
João Pereira - Xandão - Polga - Evaldo
Elias - Schaars
Izmailov - Matías Fernández - Diego Capel
Ricky van Wolfswinkel



 

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Huge chance for RvW one on one with Nilson but the keeper saved well.
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

RICKYYY!!!
 

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Matías, once again our best player tonight, finds van Wolfs in the box and he finally find the back of the net with a well placed shot. Deserved lead.
 

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Our defence is caught sleeping for the first time tonight but Rui Patrício saved well, as usual.
 

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SPORTING 1-0 Guimarães at HT

A very good first half from Sporting dominating Guimarães and even if not creating too many chances doing enough to justify the lead.

The game started balanced and very open and only after 4' van Wolfswinkel could have opened the score after a superb pass by Matías. The Chilean has been our best player since Sá Pinto took charge of the team and that is not a coincidence as only now he is really playing in the position that he prefers, one that clearly brings up the best in him.

The team seems motivated after Thursday's game but also tactically things seem to be flowing better than usual, at least better than in the first few matches under Sá Pinto. It's interesting to see us playing without a single DM but rather with Elias-Schaars doing the defensive-attacking transitions in the middle. Evaldo is putting a good shift replacing Insúa and on the other flank João Pereira is very active too, even if also as usual, he seems to need an eternity before deciding to cross. Also good to see Ricky back to the scoring sheet on open play.
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

MAAAAAAAATIIIIIIIGOOOOOOL 2-0
 

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Good move on the left by Capel finished with a deep cross that was not well dealt with by Vitória's defence and Matías does not forgive. 2-0 at 50'.
 

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Great cross by Capel, Wolfs heads it and Nilson saves. Sporting on top.
 

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Elias is fouled still on Vitória's defence, the ref waves on and on the counter Vitória creates danger.
 

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At 68' Sá Pinto makes the first sub: André Martins replaces Matías Fernández. Great game by the Chilean.
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

IZMAILOV from the spot. 3-0 at 70' :lick:
 

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van Wolfswinkel was fouled inside the box by João Alves and the Russian kills the game.
 

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At 78' second sub for us: Izmailov replaced by Jeffrén who returns after another long absence.
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

JEFFRÉN!!!!! 4-0
 

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What a beauty by Jeffrén! A superb volley after a corner on his first touch in the ball after months of absence.
 

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Last sub at 83': Van Wolfswinkel replaced by Seba Ribas. Good game by RvW.
 
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