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Liga ZON Sagres 2011/12
Round 26

Monday, 9 April 2012
Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon




SPORTING CP vs Benfica

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The big derby is here and needless to say, regardless of the importance it may have for both teams involved, it's a must win game for both.

For our rivals this is a crucial game, as it's in theory the hardest match they still have to play until the end of the league. A win keeps them in a very good position to challenge Porto, a draw will complicate things for them, a loss would be very hard to recover from.

For us in practice this game decides very little. No matter if we finish 4th or 5th this is a league where we failed our objectives but fortunately we can't say the same in other fronts.

A full house is expected and Sá Pinto has his first derby as a manager.
Here's the line-up, which brings no surprises:

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


Subs: Marcelo Boeck, Evaldo, Daniel Carriço, Renato Neto, André Martins, Carrillo and Diego Rubio.

FORÇA SPOOOOOOORTING!!!!
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Why so long to open this thread for a derby?

Benfica will have fire in their bellies moreso after their midweek robbery, but in a derby it's in the lap of the gods.

FORCA SPORTING.
 

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Very fast counter from Capel and RvW but Matías missed the final shot.
 

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Hilarious bad offside call on Matías...one metre from the linesman. :howler:
 

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Good shot by Capel after a good attack by Sporting on the left.
 

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How did Benfica not get a penalty in the first 30 seconds? Ridicolous call by the referee..
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

1-0 from the spot :happy:
 

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GOAL. Pen kick, tug by Luisao, and yellow. The Wolf.
 

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van Wolfswinkel gets a Luisão hand on the back of his neck inside the box and falls. A call as clear as many others that usually go...the other way. ;)

Ice cold Ricky from the spot did not forgive.

Sporting in control so far.
 

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Veeeeeeery dubious offside call on Ricky when he was going one on one with Artur.
 

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Garay pushes van Wolfs inside the box but two pens called against Benfica in the same match? Are you nuts or what?!?
 

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Javi Falangista Garcia has a red coloured tackle on RvW but only sees a yellow.
 

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Gritty move by Capel winning the ball in midfield but the shot was wide
 

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A first half that went curiously in a very similar way to most of the matches we have played so far in Alvalade since Sá Pinto took charge of our first team.

It's true that Benfica had more of the ball but that was completely conceded by SP's strategy as at no moment Sporting seemed to lose control of the game.

We have cancelled Benfica's chances of using their usually lethal fast breaks - great game so far by Elias and Schaars - and we did challenge them more than once, through the speed of João Pereira and Izmailov on the right, Capel on the left and Matías just about everywhere.

In one of those fast counters van Wolfswinkel beat a rusty Luisão on speed and got fouled inside the box - a golden chance that the Dutchman, who missed a couple of pens this season already, this time did not fail.

Let's keep up this solidity and intelligence in the second half because it's Benfica who needs to take risks as they have everything to lose.
 

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Not a single word on the penalty Benfica should've been given after 30-40 seconds? :D
 

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A completely lucky break for Benfica almost gave Maxi a goal coming from the sky but Insúa saved on the goal line.
 
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