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Sporting: Guarda-redes: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck;

Defesas: Xandão, Eric Dier, Miguel Lopes, Joãozinho, Santiago Arias e Pedro Mendes;

Médios: Diego Capel, Fito Rinaudo, Carrillo, Labyad, Jeffren, Adrien, Bruma e Zezinho;

Avançados: Ricky van Wolfswinkel e Diego Rubio.


Maritimo: Guarda-redes: Ricardo Ferreira e Salin.

Defesas: João Diogo, Márcio Rozário, Roberge, Igor Rosi, Briguel e Rúben Ferreira.

Médios: Rafael Miranda, Luís Olim, Semedo, Artur e David Simão.

Avançados: Sami, Heldon, Danilo Dias, Kukula e Suk.
 

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After an historical week for the club we're back on the pitch to face a team that right now has the same points as we do. Jesualdo decided to call 6 players that started the season on the B team so there was a lot of curiosity about the possible starting line-up for this one Here it is:

Rui Patrício
Miguel Lopes - Xandão - Pedro Mendes - Joãozinho
Rinaudo - Adrien
Diego Capel - Labyad - Bruma
Ricky van Wolfswinkel



Subs: Marcelo Boeck, Santiago Arias, Eric Dier, João Mário, Zézinho, Carrillo and Diego Rubio.


Bruma debuts on the first team. :proud:
 

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Stupid pass by Adrien in the defensive midfield gives Marítimo a first chance but Patrício was there.
 

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At 15' Labyad creates space right outside the box but shoots straight to the keeper. One minute later huge chance to van Wolfswinkel saved with the right foot by the keeper on the goal line.
 

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At 18' 0-1 to Marítimo by the South Korean Suk easily beating our CBs in the air.
 

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YBC :palm:
 

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SPORTING 0-1 Marítimo at HT

In spite of having the ball for about two thirds of the time during this first half and of also having created more goal chances than our opponent, the truth is that Marítimo only needed to convert one of their two chances to be ahead on the score. Why? Because Miguel Lopes is really not that much better than Cédric in what regards defensive duties and our makeshift CBs are worth what they're worth.

Apart from those defensive weaknesses that I've just mentioned the main problem today is that the core of our midfield is in the hands of just two players (Rinaudo and Adrien) and none of them is having a good game so far. Playing against a dangerous counter-attacking side like Marítimo with so few midfielders with defensive duties was, in my opinion, too much of a risk.

Upfront Bruma is having a lively debut not showing any particular signs of nervousness. The other attacking players have been fairly OK but as long as we don't play with a second striker supporting RvW we will never create more than half a dozen chances in a whole game.
 

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At 56' once again Salin denies Ricky's goal and on the follow-up Joãozinho almost hit the net with a long range shot. Good pressure by Sporting in the second half.
 

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Once again Ricky creates a goal chance but this time it was a Marítimo defender to save on the goal line.
 
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