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2008/09 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Group C - Matchday 4​


Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
Tuesday 04.11.2008, 20h45 (CET)
Ref: Alain Hamer (LUX)


SPORTING CP vs Shakhtar Donetsk

After our fantastic win in Donetsk almost two weeks ago, we have now the chance to make history in Alvalade. If we beat Shakhtar again and if Basel does not win at Cam Nou, Sporting will qualify for the first time ever for the 1/8 finals of the Champions League.

It is clear that Sporting haven't yet during this season showed a quality of play that can leave us fans realxed ahead of any game, much less when a golden opportunity such as this one is up for grabs by both sides. However it is also true that even during the worst periods of the last three seasons under Paulo Bento, we have very seldom played badly in Europe.

It all points for a very cautious match from both sides, mainly from ours, what can bring good and bad things with it. If the team is too cautious it can give the command of the game to the Ukrainians and that can be fatal, as it happened last season in our home game against pityful Rangers. If on the other hand, we do not give spaces in the midfield to our opponents and use the speed of our front men, we can kill the game and also the group already tonight.

Here are the official line-ups:

SPORTING
Rui Patrício
Abel - Caneira - Polga - Grimi
Miguel Veloso
Rochemback - Izmailov
João Moutinho
Liedson - Hélder Postiga


Shakhtar Donetsk
Pyatov
Srna - Kucher - Chygrinskiy - Rat
Hübschman - Fernandinho
Jadson ------------ Willian
Moreno - Brandão


Paulo Bento plays two surprise cards by bringing Veloso back to his favourite DM position and above all fielding Moutinho also at his favourite number 10 spot. Now it's time for the young lions to show why they prefer to play in those positions, so...

Let's do it! :strong:
 

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Good luck Filipe.

I may wish to urinate in your bacalhau, but I really want you guys to proceed here and make history. Time for Sporting to join the elite.

Best of luck and have the champagne on ice.
 

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Shitkar is play with their most offensive line up possible.

15.000 spec in the stadium......!!!:howler::howler:
 

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4 minutes - Fernandinho handles the ball inside his box and the ref waves on. We've been robbed.
 

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Unbelievable this fecking ref. Shakhtar is fouling constantly our midfield and attacking players and now Moutinho pulls some guy's shirt in the midfield and sees immediately a yellow.
 

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That Caneira head clash looked nasty.
 

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weasel faced son of biatch Srna gets a yellow to Postiga.
 

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0-0 at HT

A very nervous first half from our side when there is no reason for that. We are playing too fast thus losing the ball too many times in the midfield. With a bit more "tranquilidade" we can win the match in the second half.

PS: On the contrary to what happened in Donestsk where we got a top ref for our game, UEFA seems to have chosen a 2nd class whistler for tonight that already "failed to see" a clear handball by Fernandinho inside their box.
 

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Derlei in for Postiga at 69'.
 

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Come on little lions, snatch the winner somewhere!
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!


DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEI!!!!
 

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Shitkar is garbage.
 

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Fantastic slalom by Izmailov in the middle of the Brazukes and a quality move by the Ninja! We are 16 minutes away from the last 16. :excited:
 

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!


DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEI!!!!
Yeeeeeaaaah!!! That useless clown finally did something!!! :pp

Alright, time to hang on and not lose possession here. Control the ball and the 3 points are in the bag!
 

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YESSSSSSS!!!!! 1-0 FT :happy:
 

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Sporting played a smart second half and ended up doing exactly what Paulo Bento predicted in the pre-match press conference: "winning both games against our main rivals by one goal, will be enough." A true Italian-style win, and, for once, we are the ones getting on top after one of those! :D

We are on the last 16 of the CL for the first time in the 5 presences of our club in the group stage of this competition, and after 4 matches we are barely one point behind the millionaires of Barcelona. How is it possible not to be proud of this team? :proud:
 

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Congratulations Filipe! A big feat for your club and Portuguese football altogether.

I'll send you some Vinho do Porto to celebrate. :D
 

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Congratulations Filipe! A big feat for your club and Portuguese football altogether.

I'll send you some Vinho do Porto to celebrate. :D

Thanks but watch out because I take those offers very seriously! :pp
 
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