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Primeira Liga 2015/2016

Jornada 22

Estádio da Madeira (Choupana), Funchal,
13 February 2016, 19:30 CET
4,127 att.
Ref: Bruno Paixão (AF Setúbal)


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Nacional 0-4 SPORTING CP
(Slimani 3', 86' pen., Adrien 52' pen., João Mário 63')


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After a week marked by the contract renovation of two of our most important players, William Carvalho and Adrien, we have another important test on our way to reach our main aim. Nacional is having a poor season but they are never an easy team to beat.

Sporting's defence keeps missing the majority of those players that have been starters for most part of this season: Naldo, Jefferson and Paulo Oliveira are all out injured. In their places it is expected that JJ will start with 3 players that joined the squad in the January transfer window: Coates, Marvin Zeegelaar and Rúben Semedo. Hernán Barcos was also not called which shows that last week's appearance against Rio Ave was indeed something of a false start.

The draw against Rio Ave must be forgotten with a win today and the way our fans saluted the squad at Lisbon's airport on their way to Madeira is just a show of the huge belief most of us sportinguistas have on this team. :proud:

ntju-wGyNik


Ans here's the list of players called for the game by JJ...in love letter style :D




 

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^ Yep, we'll have to win against him too tonight.
 

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Starting XI:

 

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Subs:
26 Azbe Jug
2 Schelotto
5 Ewerton
6 Aquilani
36 Carlos Mané
60 Gelson Martins
19 Teo Gutiérrez
 

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1-0
 

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Barely two minutes played and Slimani smashes the first in with a powerful header after a corner. 1-0 at 2'!
 

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Sporting scores but the goal is wrongly disallowed for offside. The usual stuff.
 

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JJ is forced to make a first sub due to injury at 34':

Carlos Mané IN for Bruno César
 

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Good chance after a corner for Coates but the ball was deflected for a corner by a defender
 

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Beautiful counter led by Slimani but Carlos Mané wasted the chance inside the box.
 

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Nacional 0-1 SPORTING at HT
 

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Good first half by Sporting totally in control of the game as it would be expected after being in front so early. Having Bryan Ruiz behind Slimani is really much better for our game and the first half an hour showed that. Unfortunately Bruno César had to go off injured and that meant that Ruiz was shifted to the left side of our attacking midfield with Carlos Mané entering to what was his position. We scored two goals (one being badly disallowed) and was overall by far the best team on the pitch. We also managed to avoid any threat from Nacional who didn't create danger one single time.

As JJ said last week in the post-match press conference, Sporting usually plays better in the second half of matches, so hopefully we will step up the rhythm after the break and solve the game in our favour.
 

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2-0
 

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Bryan Ruiz nutmegs a defender inside the box and the poor lad can only stop our wizzard with his hand. Adrien steps up from the spot and doesn't miss. 2-0 at 52'.
 

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3-0
 

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Slimani's usual never give up attitude once again paying off. Wins the ball in Nacional's defence, shoots, hits the crossbar and João Mário doesn't miss the rebound. 3-0 at 63'.
 

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Second sub at 72':

Aquilani IN for Adrien

JJ sparing our captain of a possible yellow that would rule him out of the next league game and also resting him for the EL match on Thursday.
 

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Last sub at 79':

Schelotto IN for Marvin Zeegelaar
 

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4-0
 
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