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The first of two consecutive matches in Madeira is about to start. Nacional are the opponents and this is the starting line-up:

Rui Patrício
Cédric - Eric Dier - Xandão - Insúa
Gelson Fernandes - Elias
Pranjic
Labyad - van Wolfswinkel - Diego Capel
 

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Bench: Marcelo Boeck, Pedro Mendes, Pereirinha, Ricardo Esgaio, Adrien, Jeffrén and Viola.
 

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First 15' only Nacional is attacking. We have a line-up with most of the players that have been in worst form in the last series of matches. Difficult to understand Vercauteren's choices.
 

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At 25' Isael makes 1-0 to Nacional wich is completely normal after what happened so far in the game.
 

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One minute later van Wolfswinkel has the first shot for us saved by the keeper.
 

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At 29' Mexer tackles RvW inside the box. Some refs would have called this pen if another team was at stake.
 

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At 33' Pranjic shoots inside the box too high over the bar but a Nacional defender barges into him right after it. Nothing happens.
 

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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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That was never a penalty in a million years. Wake up. The usual nonsense in your gameday threads.

Regarding the game; domination from Nacional and the score should be 2-0 for them right now. Poor finishing has hurt them, hopefully it doesn't cost them.
 

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That was never a penalty in a million years. Wake up. The usual nonsense in your gameday threads.

Regarding the game; domination from Nacional and the score should be 2-0 for them right now. Poor finishing has hurt them, hopefully it doesn't cost them.
Portistas and penalties... :howler:
 

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Capel barged in the box by Manuel da Costa. Ricky van Wolsfswinkel sends the penalty some 2 metres off the post.
 

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:howler:

Even when you DO get the penalty call... :D
 

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Sporting is better in the second half even if still not good enough.
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

CEDRIC! 1-1

What a superb rocket :eekani:
 

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A fantastic shot on the top corner from a very long distance by one of our worst players tonight. A deserved goal as we've been completely on top so far in this second half.
 

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Two minutes after being on the pitch Jeffrén misses an incredible sitter after another good attack on the left.
 

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Great save by Patrício at 80' on the first real chance of Nacional in this 2nd half.
 
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