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Thursday, 19 August 2010 23:45

Brondby expose fragile Sporting

Sporting 0-2 Brondby

Paulo SergioSporting’s hopes of reaching the group stage of the Europa League are hanging by a thread after they were beaten 2-0 by Brondby in Lisbon tonight. Goals either side of half time from Kristiansen and Jallow put the Danish side firmly in the driving seat.
Paulo Sergio’s reign as Sporting coach could hardly have got off to a more uninspiring start. Since scraping past Nordsjaelland in the previous round, the Lions have lost their opening Liga Zon Sagres match against Pacos de Ferreira and have now left themselves with a mountain to climb to remain in Europe after becoming the first Portuguese team to ever lose to Danish opposition.
Apart from a ten-minute spell midway through the second half Sporting put in a wretched performance. The visitors were first to threaten when Krohn-Dehli forced Patricio into a sharp save in the 9th minute. Carrico responded with a header that was saved by Andersen on the line, but there was precious little from a lethargic home side to worry the well-organised Brondby defence.

Chaotic defending

Sporting’s rearguard looked dreadfully disjointed on several occasions, with the Danes often having two or three unmarked options on the counter-attack. Such was the case in the 42nd minute as Kristiansen had all the time in the world to pick his spot and fire into the net as Sporting’s defenders backed off.
Postiga should have equalised immediately but headed over from point-blank range. Things soon got worse in the second half as Patricio could only parry Kristiansen’s shot from outside the box, and Jallow was on hand to turn the loose ball home.
Coach Sergio brought on Yannick Djalo and Vukcevic, and to their credit Sporting fought back strongly and were desperately unlucky not to pull back at least one goal in a fine spell of attacking football.
Liedson’s powerful header was saved at full-stretch by Andersen, and soon afterwards Joao Pereira seemed to be fouled in the box, but the referee waved play on. Sporting’s luck was right out as a superb overhead kick from Liedson crashed against the post, and seconds later Nuno Andre Coelho’s header also hit the woodwork.
Perhaps feeling it was not to be their night, Sporting’s momentum petered out and Brondby will feel the tie is theirs to lose ahead of next week’s second leg. To make matters worse for Sporting, striker Liedson left the field on a stretcher in stoppage time. The extent of the injury will only be known tomorrow.

Paulo Sergio, Sporting coach:

“Everything went wrong. Just see how we conceded the goals. For the first we had three opportunities to foul the ball carrier and halt the counter-attack, and the second was also inexplicable.
“We showed quality throughout the game. We only lost our belief a little at the end. But we will go all out to get the result we need in the second leg to keep us in the competition. The chances have got to start turning into goals. Defeats sap confidence, the fans don’t believe in us. We understand but the ball will start going into the net”
by Tom Kundert

Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Nuno Andre Coelho, Carrico, Evaldo, Maniche, Andre Santos, Valdes (Saleiro, 76), Matias Fernandez (Vukcevic, 56), Liedson, Postiga

Andersen, Wass, Bischoff, von Schlebrugge, Rasmussen, Jensen, Nilsson (Randrup, 53), Kristiansen (Farnerud, 89), Larsen, Krohn-Deli, Jallow (Madsen, 73)
[0-1] Kristiansen, 43
[0-2] Jallow, 52
Comments (19)
19 Sunday, 22 August 2010 20:04
We're not talking about 1 or 2 wins poor Brondby have had in their past you moron. I noticed earlier they could only draw 2-2 at home with "OB" after being 0-2 down...LMAO...I know I said I wouldn't back Sporting again but Brondby are such a joke of a club that I might just take a chance on Sporting waking from the coma they were in during the 1st leg...
18 Saturday, 21 August 2010 20:43
the only joke is you. You say stupidly that brondby could never beat a very good team. try to look at brondby history before you discrace yourself that much. Brondby beat LIVERPOOL and schalke out of the euroleague before and beat Bayern Munich when bayern had one of the best teames ever. And your from scotland who cant play football. Scottish team suck ass both club and national. Scottish football is a JOKE such as yourself ps as i said before BRONDBY went to semi finals of euroleague in the 90`s and many danish teams could by all means beat all scotish teams
Brondby are a joke.
17 Saturday, 21 August 2010 02:56
@ Thomas, Denmark

I don't follow stupid Uefa "Rankings" as they don't prove how bad 1 team/league is at any given time. Sporting were a disgrace against poor Brondby and that's the only way Brondby could ever beat such a superior club. As soon as Brondby meet any decent organised* team they'll be shown up for the poor garbage club they are.
16 Friday, 20 August 2010 23:31
BLOTMAN you are a retard. Denmark is higher ranked than scotland and brondby has won against just as big clubs as celtic and rangers haveover the years . Brondby went to europa league querterfinals, some years ago and also odense bk beat motherwell. a little no good club as you know
sporting better then ever next year
15 Friday, 20 August 2010 22:17
do you know how long sporting fans have been saying they will be better then ever next year it isnt that hard to be better then wat sporting was last year and E gomes i agree the clock has started lol
What is going on there
14 Friday, 20 August 2010 22:12
This club is in decline! They continually disappoint in Europe bringing Portugal's co efficient down. The president Bettencourt is a joke and should resign & the entire team needs to be sold.
Theyre overpaid & useless.
Look what Braga are doing. That club is a shining light for how things should be run.
Danish teams underestimated
13 Friday, 20 August 2010 20:37
@ the Blotman

Poor smelly nobody team ? Denmark is higher ranked than Scotland you fool: http://www.xs4all.nl/~kassiesa/bert/uefa/data/method4/crank2011.html

Danish club management and their teams have improved a lot the past few years, which has now resulted in a rank 12 on the UEFA country ranking list, higher than romania, scotland, belgium and others.

Dont be so surprised if danish teams do well here and then. FCK won 1-0 against Man. U. 4 years ago, AAB drawed 2-2 against Man. U. on old trafford 2 years ago. we had a bad year last year, but this year we're back, sporting was the first to go down.

Brøndby played well, they had an outstanding defence, kept running to help eachother out, good teamwork, and when sporting lost the ball, the danes were quick to pass the ball a few times and then shoot on goal while sportings defences were still in dissarray.
Postiga OUT
12 Friday, 20 August 2010 17:48
When a team works is to score goals and Sporting have created in the last 3 games 58 chances, 22 of them in the GOAL AREA!
Liedson is alone up front.Ridiculous!
11 Friday, 20 August 2010 13:00
I despise Sporting, but seeing what is taking place there, is shameful.
Lets face it, Benfica is by far the biggest team in Portugal, but Sporting is the second biggest. I know that Porto has won everything and became big, but you can't tell me that they're bigger than Sporting.
If Sporting got their act together and start winning, it would become clear at how much bigger they are.
It's sad to see, because there is no reason for this team to be in this condition. They could and should be making a lot more money, which would in turn help have a better team.
Bettencourt has proven inept in every way, and he truely is the "maca podre" of the club.

Trust me when I say that I chuckle and love mocking family and friends that are Sportingistas. But, I also realize how important Sporting is to Portuguese football, and I'm saddened by what is going on.
Portugal needs the third Champions League spot, and if we don't get it back soon, it will turn into the "Big Two" forever.
Not good.
You people need to relax
10 Friday, 20 August 2010 11:25
Sporting need to adjust and develop their youth like andre santos, carrico, and nuno coelho. These players need time to become better but they all have potential. This year sporting will lose but next year they will be back stronger then ever.
9 Friday, 20 August 2010 09:11
They seem to be the Liverpool of Portugal in a way, on a steady but gradual decline into mediocrity.

It's a shame to see them going this way but at least for Portugal's sake Braga have stepped in to take their place for the time being.

If Sporting go out it becomes more important for the other 3 big teams to perform well in Europe (lets face it, Mairitmo are out too).

The Blotman - you should of done your research on Sporting before the game. If you came over here we could of told you before the match how awful Sporting are ;o)
what a joke!
8 Friday, 20 August 2010 08:30
i am a sporting fan, it is clear this is goiing to be the worst season ever, they have sold the two best players and bought no one. Braga are now one of the big three, sporting are not.
7 Friday, 20 August 2010 08:16
sporting does such a good job developing players but screws the pooch when it comes to the first team as of late it would be a shame if this mismangement continues and puts their academy at risk maybe they could teach benfica how to bring up homegrown players and porto could show them how to run a club
Things Are Getting Really Bad
6 Friday, 20 August 2010 05:27
I will always support my team, but today was a huge disappointment. There needs to be wholesale changes at the club from the top down. For the past two or three years it seems as if nothing but bad things have been happening to Sporting and it is very difficult on the supporters. We need something good to happen soon. If things keep going downhill, management, coaching and the players need to be completely overhauled. What is happening is not befitting of such a team. Sporting is such an important part of Portuguese football and their current performance is doing nothing to help. They had best do everything in their power, I don't care what, to score 3 goals in Denmark. Sporting need to do a lot of soul searching and figure out a plan because, this is truly not good. I just hope that they can implement some kind of plan to get the desired result.
Very Sad
5 Friday, 20 August 2010 02:10
The clock has started on Paulo Sergio.
How long will he last.

Unfortunately, for Portuguese football the "maca podre". Bettencourt is still in charge.

I wish I could be at Pia Alvalade this weekend when they face Maritimo. It won't be pretty, but than again the fans might not go at all.
4 Friday, 20 August 2010 01:55
as a sportinguista i am very disappointed with the way sporting is playing this year. Matias is not doing enough offensively and we need him to be better than what hes done so far. coach must shuffle the lineup and get some other players wanting to prove that they can play
3 Friday, 20 August 2010 01:40
Missed the game. Well, caught the last 2 mins + extras. Looked like their team was being too aggressive, we couldnt cope, and referee wasnt doing his job correctly. Honestly expected Sporting to win this tie.. not so much now. Postiga wont magically turn into a consistant goalscorer, Levezinho is getting old, and Djalo not really developed. Someone else is gonna have to step up or this team is hopeless.
Acca busters.
2 Friday, 20 August 2010 01:01
I was waiting on Sporting to win for a nice 10 team acca ;(
I HATE Sporting and will never bet on them winning ever again after watching such a poor smelly little nobody team like Brondby beat them in their own backyard. Pathetic.
They got it all wrong and it points to Sergio
1 Friday, 20 August 2010 00:36
Mateus Medeiros
I wasn't expecting this! Poor defending. I think Joao Pereira and Evaldo played well but their over commiting ofensively left Sporting vulnerable on the count attack. Polga was missed. Maniche didn't contribute isht and Vukevic should have started. This doesn't help Portugal's coefficient in Europe. Ugh!

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