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Primeira Liga 2014/2015

Jornada 17

Estádio José Alvalade, 18.01.2015, 21:15 CET
Ref: Nuno Almeida (AF Algarve)
27.919 att.



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SPORTING CP 4-2 Rio Ave
(Nani 30' pen., Montero 59', João Mário 67', Tanaka 90';
Del Valle 39', Ahmed Hassan 68')


After yesterday's GA, where the overwhelming majority of sócios supported Bruno de Carvalho's proposals (for the dismay of our great sports press) and where we got to know the details of the future multisports hall of the club, our first team is back in Alvalade to face Rio Ave.

We will be without two regular starters, both suspended. Maurício, who should be replaced by the academy youngster Tobias Figueiredo, and Adrien, who is much more difficult to replace.

These absences and also the usual difficulties we feel when playing Rio Ave will make of this a tricky game but we're on a very good moment: 7 straight wins, 6 straight blank sheets.

Starting line-up coming soon.


 

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1 Rui Patrício

41 Cédric - 26 Paulo Oliveira - 55 Tobias Figueiredo - 4 Jefferson

14 William Carvalho

17 João Mário - 28 André Martins

18 Carrillo - 10 Fredy Montero - 77 Nani


 

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Subs: 22 Marcelo Boeck, 29 Naby Sarr, 33 Jonathan Silva, 47 Ricardo Esgaio, 27 Ryan Gauld, 36 Carlos Mané and 19 Tanaka.
 

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At 3' a great ride by Cédric finished with a missile that Cassio had trouble to defend.
 

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Great chance for Rio Ave at 25' with Jefferson saving with a great tackle.
 

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Penalty for Sporting after Montero's shirt is pulled by Prince. Soft penalty but the reaction of Rio Ave's players is ridiculous almost beating up the ref. :D
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

1-0 from the spot at 30'
 

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1-1 for Rio Ave at 38' by Del Valle after a lightning speed counter in the follow-up of a Sporting corner.
 

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SPORTING 1-1 Rio Ave at HT
 

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A balanced first half with Sporting not being able to take advantage of the fact that Rio Ave is not parking the bus. The visitors like to attack and they are usually quite dangerous when doing it but that leaves spaces in the back and we're not playing fast enough to find them. We didn't particularly miss Adrien as André Martins looked good but Nani doesn't seem to be in one of his best days and that somehow is breaking the flow of our game upfront.

In the first half an hour Rio Ave had one big goal chance and we had two potent shots on goal both saved by the keeper. Then came the penalty. I've seen many less obvious than this one being given to others but I'm sure tomorrow's first pages will be filled with the word "ESCÂNDALO". :D

Sporting actually started playing better after the goal and it was exactly during that period that Rio Ave got the equalizer, exactly thanks to the fact that we left too many spaces behind after a corner.

We'll have to do better than this in the second half if we want to win this one.
 

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Marco Silva makes the first sub at HT:

Carlos Mané IN for Carrillo.

Weird.
 

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Great chance for Nani but the keeper saved with his feet
 

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Another great chance for Sporting with Montero shooting over the bar from a very close range after a corner.
 

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Fantastic shot by Montero from very far and a great save by Cassio
 

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And after the corner a great header by Paulo Oliveira is taken on the goal line by a defender.
 

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One more goal chance! Mané missing by an inch. Very good start by Sporting.
 

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Unbelievable yellow for Montero...for pulling the arm of a defender inside of Rio Ave's box. :palm:
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEROOOOOOOO
 

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Finally we score after so many goal chances in this second half. Jefferson makes one of his top notch crosses and Montero finishes with coolness. 2-1 at 59'.
 

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Second sub at 64':

Ryan Gauld debuts in the league! In for André Martins.
 
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