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Primeira Liga 2014/2015

Jornada 22

Estádio José Alvalade, 22.02.2015, 19:15 CET
Ref: Jorge Tavares (AF Aveiro)
42,098 att.


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SPORTING CP 2-0 Gil Vicente
(Tanaka 52', Nani 69')



On paper this is one of the easiest home games for us. Although Gil Vicente is improving lately and is definitely playing much better than when we played them in the away fixture earlier in the season and crushed them 4-0, they still are one of the weakest sides of our increasingly poor league. It's a game coming in the middle of a very tough European tie and one game before another decisive clássico at Porto.

William and Adrien are one game away from suspension, Cédric is suspended and Slimani is still out injured. Marco Silva called the first two but I hope they don't play or else I am 100% sure the ref will find a way to book them so that they don't face Porto.

Here's the list of 20 players called by MS:

Goalkeepers:
1 Rui Patrício and 22 Marcelo Boeck.

Defenders:
13 Miguel Lopes, 26 Paulo Oliveira, 55 Tobias Figueiredo, 29 Naby Sarr, 4 Jefferson and 33 Jonathan Silva.

Midfielders:
14 William Carvalho, 24 Uri Rosell, 23 Adrien, 17 João Mário, 8 André Martins and Ryan Gauld.

Forwards and Wingers:
18 Carrillo, 36 Carlos Mané, 11 Diego Capel, 77 Nani, 10 Fredy Montero and 19 Tanaka.



 

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Starting XI:

1 Rui Patrício

13 Miguel Lopes - 26 Paulo Oliveira - 55 Tobias F. - 4 Jefferson

14 William Carvalho - 17 João Mário

8 André Martins

36 Carlos Mané - 19 Tanaka - 77 Nani



Subs: 22 Marcelo Boeck, 33 Jonathan Silva, 23 Adrien, 46 Ryan Gauld, 18 Carrillo, 11 Diego Capel and 10 Fredy Montero.


 

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Well, finally Marco Silva made some changes in his starting XI.

Miguel Lopes, as expected, comes in for Cédric. He doesn't risk Adrien and brings, also as expected, André Martins for his place. William starts and I bet he will be booked so that he doesn't play against Porto. Two changes as well in the front trio: Mané instead of Carrillo and Tanaka in the place of Montero. Nani, completely out of form, keeps his place.
 

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João Mário grabbed inside the box when he was the last man. The ref waves on. Starts well.
 

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24' first great goal chance with Mané forcing the keeper to a huge save
 

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25' Another great chance with João Mário's shot being blocked for a corner after a great chest pass by Tanaka.
 

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32' One more chance for Mané, one more shot blocked inside Gil's box.
 

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Gil has a chance after William's free kick is blocked by a GV defender less than one metre from the ball. Unbelievable refereeing.
 

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40' Paulo Oliveira pushed by Berger inside the box when he was preparing to head in a corner. Nothing happens, of course.
 

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44' Free kick almost on top of the box wasted by Jefferson against the wall.
 

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The several changes made by Marco Silva in our most regular line-up did not have that much impact in our style of playing because tactically nothing changed. We keep playing without a forward which means that the several chances created are wasted because simply most of the times there is nobody in the finishing zone. Having said that the change that he should have made and doesn't seem to be able to do was not done. Nani is not bringing anything to our game right now and for that reason he should be sitting on the bench.

Adding to all the above we have a referee that fails to see two penalties in our favour (one blatant and the second less obvious) but that's nothing new.

It would be great to see Ryan Gauld in the second half.
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKAAAAAAAAAAAAA
 

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Finally at 52' we break the bank. The corner on the right is headed on the first post by Nani into the goal mouth and Tanaka taps in. BANZAAAI!!!
 

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The ref seems to be upset with our goal so he decides to book Nani
 

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At 56' a huge chance by Nani with a great save by Adriano.


And here's our first sub:

Carrillo IN for...Mané.
 
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