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Friday, 27 August 2010 00:11

Sporting come back from the dead to make Europa League group stage

Brondby 0-3 Sporting (aggregate 2-3)

Evaldo celebrationFor the first time in their illustrious history, Sporting won a European tie having lost the first leg at home. Goals from Evaldo, Nuno Coelho and Yannick Djalo gave the Lions victory against Danish team Brondby to make the group phase of the Europa League.
Sporting coach Paulo Sergio had insisted in the build-up to the second leg that his team could turn around the tie, despite the dispiriting 2-0 defeat at the Alvalade last week and a less than impressive start to the season.
But in an evenly contested first half there was little evidence that the Portuguese team could mount a comeback. Brondby started strongly, looking for the goal that would kill off the tie. Krohn-Dehli and Jallow both came close for the hosts, while Maniche brought a sharp save out of Andersen.

Crucial breakthrough

Crucially, Sporting got the boost of scoring the first goal on the stroke of half time, as Evaldo headed in an Andre Santos free-kick.

Upon the restart Liedson threatened twice in quick succession before Sporting survived a torrid 10-minute spell of intense pressure from the Danes. As shots and headers rained in on the visitors’ goal, Sporting were grateful to Rui Patricio who saved brilliantly from Bischoff to keep the Lisbon side in contention.

Having weathered the storm, Sporting at last began to show their superior technical ability, as Vukcevic, Liedson, Yannick and Matias Fernandez started to stretch the Danish defence with a series of well worked moves, opening up several shooting and crossing opportunities.
Sporting scored the second and made the tie all square with fifteen minutes remaining. Centre-back Nuno Andre Coelho hit a fierce shot from distance that the hapless Andersen could only help into the net.
Paulo Sergio’s side were now really turning the screw, and somehow failed to make it 3-0 shortly afterwards as a four against one attack was wasted by a clumsy Matias Fernandez pass.
It would not prove costly, as in stoppage time Liedson released Yannick Djalo with a precise pass over the top, and the speedy Portuguese forward produced a deft lob to complete a memorable comeback.
by Tom Kundert

Andersen, Wass, Bischoff, Von Schlebrugge, Rasmussen, Mike Jensen, Nilsson, Jens Larsen, Jan Kristiansen, Krohn-Dehli, Ousman Jallow (Bruno Batata, 77)
Rui Patricio, Abel, Nuno Andre Coelho, Daniel Carrico, Evaldo, Andre Santos, Maniche, Vukcevic (Valdes, 85), Yannick Djalo, Helder Postiga (Matias, 67), Liedson (Saleiro, 93)

[0-1] Evaldo, 45
[0-2] Nuno Andre Coelho, 75
[0-3] Yannick, 91

Comments (9)
9 Friday, 27 August 2010 12:26
It was unfortunate that it had to come down to the wire like that, but I think this result has given Sporting new life--let's hope they can keep riding this wave of momentum.

The lessons PS has to learn from the early season are: (1) Vukcevic is a must-start when healthy, (2) Carrico is not a trinco and partnering him with NAC is the best central duo, (3) Maniche cannot be expected to carry the entire holding-midfield load so he needs a mobile defensive midfielder (ie, Santos, maybe Zapater down the road). I'm glad Djalo scored when he did but I still think he's a very inconsistent player (so maybe we can sell him while his stock is high!)

Now with a favorable draw for all 4(!) Portuguese teams in Europe, let's hope they can each take advantage and keep showing the world that the Liga is a serious league.
very impressive
8 Friday, 27 August 2010 09:01
I didn't see all the game but this has to go down as one of the best European comebacks from a Portuguese side in recent years.

To lose 2-0 at home to a respectable Danish side and then win 3-0 away takes a lot of courage and character.
7 Friday, 27 August 2010 02:05
I am so glad Sporting pulled through. I was jumping out of my chair during the last 2 goals. I was a little disappointed with how they let Brondby control the early parts of the 2nd half. If it was still 3-1 on aggregate by the 80th min, I doubt we would have won but Coelho's goal was a gift and Yannick adds the icing just before sudden death. A great comeback, hope this can boost their confidence.
Your right Justin
6 Friday, 27 August 2010 01:45
Salamao needs to play, he is much better than that pathetic Saleiro, the guy never scores! Salamao can be a great Portuguese player so i say Sporting start preparing him now.
5 Friday, 27 August 2010 01:45
I guess Sportinguista's are happy that he didn't go to Tottenham this summer. He scored at the right time for the green and white.
4 Friday, 27 August 2010 01:34
I hope they play salamao a lot this year, I watched a couple of the friendly games this summer and he looked very sharp. The game against celtic he looked very quick and never made any bad mistakes. I wonder if he will see anytime for the team. I have to admit that I am a fan of porto but more so then anything I am a fan of the seleccao and portuguese football as a whole. I just want to see us take top teams out at major international comps. We have the talent now we need to develop it and get these guys playing together.
group stage
3 Friday, 27 August 2010 01:18
After struggling so much in qualification, I wonder how Sporting will do in the group stage? My bet is that they make it out of the group but again fail to make it as far as they should in the knockout rounds.
Bye Bye Brondby :D
2 Friday, 27 August 2010 00:52
Just like I said, Sporting woke up from the coma they were in the 1st leg and knocked out poor pathetic Brondby.

I got my £££££ back :D
1 Friday, 27 August 2010 00:38
What a game! It felt really strange when I jumped from my seat and screamed when djalo scored because I am a benfiquista, but I must support all portuguese teams in europe.

I dont know if anyone else noticed, but I think Andre Santos has been excellent for sporting so far this season. He does a great job in his box to box role and his passes almost always find their target. Maniche may not be the player he used to be, but he can still play well.

I think the combination of Carrico and Nuno Coelho is the most solid one sportng could use. I just hope that Polga doesn't play very often.

I also noticed that when sporting was using their 4-4-2 with liedson and postiga, they lacked a cutting edge in the final third. Both Santos and Maniche are good midfielders, but they are not really attacking play makers so when Matias fernandez came in, sporting began to create more oppertunities and provide more chances for Liedosn.

In my opinion, the best starting 11 for Sporting is


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