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The first game of the new year will probably, and unfortunately, not bring many news to Sporting's football, that's why, even if being in Lisbon I will not bother watching the game live as I always do at this time of the year.

We are today hosting Paços de Ferreira, one of the surprise sides of the league. We will be without Insúa, rightly suspended after a silly spitting incident with some scumbag from Rio Ave. Rojo will be filling his place, something that he is very used to do when playing for the Argentine NT.

Here's our starting XI:

Rui Patrício
Cédric - Boulahrouz - Xandão - Rojo
Rinaudo (c) - Adrien
Pranjic
Jeffrén - van Wolfswinkel - Diego Capel
 

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Yeah, Adrien!
 

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First 10' brought two good attacking movements both on the right side of our attack from Adrien and Jeffrén but none had a good finish inside the box.
 

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At 15' good chance for Ricky, Cássio saved for a corner.
 

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At 22' it was Jeffrén who had a great move on the right but once again no finishing.
 

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At 33' once again Jeffrén has an excellent cross from the right and Capel's diving header hits the post.
 

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0-1 to Paços at 45'+1' by Hurtado on the first, and only, dangerous attack by Paços de Ferreira.

0-1 at HT.

Sporting was the best side in this first half, missed a great goal chance and created a couple more chances but when things have to go wrong they go worse than that.
 

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Finally at 64' Vercauteren makes the first sub. Carrillo replaces Jeffrén.
 

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At 71' Viola subs Adrien.

Sporting must have some 80% of ball possession but no real danger has been created so far in this 2nd half.
 

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SPORTING 0-1 Paços de Ferreira - FT

A horrible second half of a team without soul that goes on being incapable of reacting to any kind of adversity. Paços got the 3 points out of one goal chance but these days just about anybody can beat us.
 

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The expected result, Pacos winning on the road and continuing their good form.

Tough times indeed.
 
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