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The toughest test to Sporting's attempt to reach the European places is happening in a bit more than half an hour. Pacos de Ferreira, the huge surprise pack of this season, is a very good team and we will need to be at our best if we want to come out of this one with the 3 points. A draw would still leave us with a tiny chance but a loss would leave us practically with zero chances.

Schaars is a starter for the first time since he came back from his very long injury break:


Rui Patrício
Miguel Lopes - Tiago Ilori - Marcos Rojo - Joãozinho
Rinaudo - Schaars
André Martins
Bruma - Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Diego Capel


Subs: Marcelo Boeck, Cédric, Boulahrouz, Adrien, Ricardo Esgaio, Viola and Carrillo.​
 

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Counting on you guys to score and concede :stuckup:

Barca have already helped on the conceding part :thumbsup:
 

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Very balanced first 15'. Good game so far.
 

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At 16' the ref judges that Pacos keeper hold the ball after a backpass inside the box. Very dangerous freekick for us. Rojo shot against one of the 11 players standing on the goal line.
 

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Great chance to André Martins shooting over the bar after a very good cross by Miguel Lopes.
 

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P. Ferreira 0-0 SPORTING at HT
 

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A very good first half even if with very few goal chances. Sporting once again showing signs of the tactical finger of Jesualdo, closing very well the spaces in the midfield not giving any chances to Pacos to use their usual weapons.

Upfront we created a few good moves, mainly through the left side with Miguel Lopes and Diego Capel combining well, together with our new midfield maestro André Martins, once again doing an excellent first half.

Hopefully we can keep it up in the second half. I have hopes that Ricardo Esgaio may come in to win this one for us. :hopeful:
 

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Wolfswinkel is grabbed by the keeper inside the box. Penalty not called by the ref.

At 62' double sub for us:

André Martins and Schaars subbed by Viola and Adrien.
 

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Last sub for us at 72':

Carrillo IN for Capel
 

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At 75' 1-0 to Pacos. Josué hits the post from a direct freekick and Tony heads in the rebound.
 

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Proenca has struck again
 

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Super shot by Carrillo at 78'. Corner.
 

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Pacos de Ferreira 1-0 SPORTING - FT
 

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Independently from the fact that there was a penalty in our favour not called by the ref, Sporting didn't deserve to lose this one. We played well and, for most of the game, better than out very good opponent. That has obviously little importance now as this defeat will probably leave us out of the European cups next season. Something that only happened once before in our history but a fact that, if happening, will end up being completely normal after what happened during this season.
 
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