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Taça de Portugal 2015/2016

Round of 16


Estádio Cidade de Braga,
16.12.2015, 21:00 CET

Ref: Fábio Veríssimo (AF Leiria)


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Braga 4-3 SPORTING CP - AET



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Cup time with what is a reedition of last year's epic final that we've so brilliantly won. We are visiting a team that has been hyped by the whole press but that I keep thinking is not as good as they think they are. It's true that they are probably the best side in Portugal bar the Big 3 but that's not really a huge statement of quality. Having said so it's obvious they have a few good players, mostly attacking ones, but they haven't shown that woderful football that our press keeps claiming they do.

Sporting is strong even if not playing at the level that I believe this squad will be able to. We will miss Teo who probably felt the effort made in the last two matches and that's not an easy player to replace right now because Montero hasn't been in form. Hopefully he will step in and show his true value tonight. I expect JJ to field an XI composed of those players that have played more regularly so far this season and...let's get our 8th consecutive win!

Here is the list of the 19 players called by JJ:




 

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Here's the starting XI and subs:

 

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JJ decides to replace Teo with Bryan Ruiz upfront and brings in Aquilani to the midfield.
 

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First shot on target for us by João Mário after 4'.
 

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One minute later his brother Wilson Eduardo has a dangerous shot against us that goes wide.
 

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1-0
 

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Fantastic volley by Bryan Ruiz inside the box smashig the first one after only 10'.
 

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Braga players doing all they can to get Slimani on the book. Benfica's campaign at work. :D
 

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Braga scores at 42' by former Sporting player Wilson Eduardo after a quick counter. For the first time Braga stole the ball from our attacking midfield and they used it well. 1-1
 

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Braga 1-1 SPORTING at HT
 

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Very good first half with Sporting showing a slightly different tactical system due to the presence of Aquilani that clearly confused Braga's strategy for the game.

Sporting played an almost perfect first half in tactical terms always keeping an intense pressure that gave very little chance for Braga to create danger.

We reached early an advantage thanks to a great goal by Bryan Ruiz and controlled most of the first half but one mistake was enough to give Braga a chance that they didn't miss.

This is a game that can't finish with a draw so let's see what will JJ do to bring us back in front and win it.
 

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Half time stats:

SCB 1-1 SCP

5 Shots 4
3 Shots On Target 3
7 Fouls 7
2 Corners 4
43% Ball Possession 57%


 

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During the half time replays it seems clear that William was fouled in the play that gave origin to Braga's goal.
 

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Great shot by Bryan Ruiz with a great save by the keeper
 

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Braga scores at 54' again in a counter with Alan finishing with a somehow lucky shot. 2-1 for Braga now.
 

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2-2
 

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Great work in the left flank between Bryan Ruiz and Aquilani and the Italian's cross is met by a superb header by Sli-Sli-Slimani! 2-2 at 56'.
 

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Great long range shot by Adrien but it went straight at the keeper.
 

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JJ makes the first sub at 60':

Gelson Martins IN for João Mário
 

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Good chance for Wilson but his header goes wide.
 
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